Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Physical Education

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms K. Ogilvie.

Level 2 Physical Education

The course provides opportunities for personal, social, cultural and equity development by including students in activities which require individual endeavour and interaction with others. 

Term 1- Duathlon

  • Undertake a 5 week training program to improve your Cardiovascular fitness running around the beautiful Jellie Park, train with your friends and positively develop you 4 pillars of Wellbeing
  • During this unit you will develop your understanding of Biophysical Principles and how to use these to develop training programs delivered to meet specific physical requirements. 
  • Train and Improve your swimming in our new heated pool. 

Term 2- Skill Development

  • You will create a 5 week training program to improve a technical skill using a range principles including Biomechanical/Anatomical/Motor Skills Identification/Phases of Learning/Video Analysis/ Sport Psychology
  • Your progress will be logged, analysed and evaluated using the application of the above principles

Term 3- Risk Assessment and Management

  • You will be involved in the planning and risk management for a 3 day Ski Trip to Mt Lyford. This will require you to consider and manage all of the possible risks involved with undertaking an outdoor adventure sport in challenging and ever changing environments here in New Zealand. It is one of the most popular trips at Burnside High School for good reason.
  • The unit encourages Planning and Collaboration along with Skill Development. It culminates with a Practical assessment 1600m above sea level.

Term 4 (and throughout the year)- Social Responsibility 

  • Through out the year you will be working in a varied range of environments with a wide range of instructors, peers and teachers. You will be using Hellison's Social Responsibility model to assess your decision making and effort across the year. 

  • To further show your ability to support others in a positive manner using effective and appropriate forms of communication you will be expected to assist with some extra curricular sports or activities. 
  • We have traditionally done additional activities to place you out of your comfort zone and enrich your learning experience these have included raft building, team building and coastal trekking. 

Learning Areas:

Health and Physical Education

Assessment Information

All Units are Internally assessed across the year.


NCEA Level 3 Health Education, NCEA Level 3 Physical Education, NCEA Level 3 Sports Leadership and Performance, NCEA Multi-Level Outdoor Pursuits

Career Pathways

Recreation Co-ordinator, Acupuncturist, Wall and Floor Tiler, Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Diver, Sports Coach/Official, Psychiatrist, Early Childhood Teacher, Professional Sportsperson, Groundsperson, Horse Trainer, Primary School Teacher, Physiotherapist, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

The practical skills component of the course will require payment of approximately $350 for a three day Ski camp.