St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 2 Physical Education

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Grigg.

Recommended Prior Learning

There is no entry requirements for this course. However, the academic level of writing required means that it is beneficial to have taken Year 11 Physical Education. 

Level 2 Physical Education will provide students with the opportunity to build on their understanding of sports science such as functional anatomy, exercise physiology and sports psychology.  Understanding these biophysical principles will help students self-assess and examine ways to improve performance for themselves and others.  

Students will also have an opportunity to develop their coaching and leadership skills as they are required to run "push play" activities to promote the benefits of physical activity in the community.  

There is also an outdoor education opportunity for students to learn about risks and how to manage them. 

Students have the opportunity to gain up to 22 Level 2 achievement standard credits, all of which are internally assessed. They also have the opportunity to gain course endorsement with merit or excellence in this subject. To gain an excellence endorsement, students need to gain 14 or more credits at excellence level. To gain a merit endorsement, they need to gain 14 or more credits at merit (or a combination of merit and excellence). 

Individual teachers will also give students access to their own google classroom site.  This is a safe digital environment for student learning that enables students to view assessments, ask online questions about work and allows students to catch up on any work/resources that are missed if absent.   It also allows research resources to be posted by both students and teacher encouraging collaborative learning.


Learning Areas:

Physical Education


Level 3 Physical Education

Career Pathways

Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Actor, Personal Trainer/Exercise Professional, Zookeeper, Police Officer, Army Soldier, Building and Construction Labourer, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Podiatrist, Chiropractor, Diver, Trainer, Interpreter, Musician, Driving Instructor, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Kaiwhakaako Māori, Nanny/Child Carer, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Recreation Co-ordinator, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Contributions need to be given towards EOTC activities
Exercise clothing and shoes


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.