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Sports Science in Year 11

The Level 1 Sports Science course comprises up of up to 27 credits for NCEA.

The course focuses on level 6 of the Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand curriculum. Students have the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide variety of physical activities in a variety of contexts. They will study sports science and will be able to demonstrate scientific knowledge about exercise and physical activity. Students will demonstrate self-management strategies and utilize these in an aquatics unit. Students will also study how the media portrays the body in physical activity. They will work to improve their quality of movement in a physical activity and analyse the factors that affect their performance. Students will also participate in a variety of recreational activities and describe how interpersonal skills impact on others.

Term 1

  • Athletics and pentathlon (A.S. 1.3 / A.S. 1.6), worth 6 credits
  • Self-management strategies in aquatics (A.S. 1.9), worth 3 credits

Term 2:

  • Anatomy, biomechanics and exercise physiology in a basketball context (A.S. 1.2), worth 4 credits
  • Working as a team and interpersonal skills (A.S. 1.5), worth 4 credits

Term 3:

  • Looking at our generation & physical activity, understanding of societal influences on physical activity and the implications for self & others (A.S. 1.4), worth 4 credits
  • My Active Lifestyle, participate in a variety of physical activities and explain factors that influence own participation (A.S. 1.1), worth 5 credits

Term 4:

  • My Active Lifestyle, participating in a variety of physical activities and explain factors that influence own participation (A.S. 1.1), worth 5 credits
  • Reassessment opportunites balance

Sports Science in Year 12

The main focus of this course is to equip students with the necessary skills to maintain and develop personal well-being, both now and in the future; as well as preparation for future academic and vocational opportunities.

This course focuses on level 7 of the Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand curriculum. It will offer opportunities to experience and participate in a wide range of physical activities, in a variety of contexts. Girls will study the structure of the body, how the body moves and responds to physical activity. They will also develop knowledge of and apply safety management procedures in outdoor pursuit activities. Girls will learn about the relationship between health, exercise and physical activity and the myths that surround our concepts of what it means to be healthy. Students will also develop knowledge about the methods and principles of training.

Term 1:

  • Safety management in the outdoors (2.8), worth 2 credits
  • Motor skill learning – juggling (A.S. 2.4), worth credits
  • OPC only: High Ropes (US 473), worth 3 credits
  • OPC only: Adventure Based Learning (US 467), worth 3 credits

Term 2:

  • Anatomy and biomechanics in a volleyball context (A.S. 2.2), worth 4 credits
  • Performance in Volleyball (or chosen sport) (A.S. 2.5), worth 4 credits

Term 3:

  • Fitness studies (A.S. 2.3), worth 3 credits
  • Kiwi sport coaching (A.S. 2.7), worth 3 credits

Term 4:

  • Kiwi sport coaching continued
  • Reassessment opportunites