Sports Science Level 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Morath

Recommended Prior Learning

Achievement of: 12 Credits in either Level 1 Physical Education (Achieved in 1.1 and 1.2) or Science, is recommended, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Students are required to play sport for a Liston College team or team outside of the college if it is not offered at school.

This course introduces the underlying theory relative to the prescription of fitness and health based programmes. It includes four recreational activities and assesses the development of initiative, cooperation and leadership qualities.


Academic requirements: 12 credits from Level 1 Sports Science,

OR if you haven’t done Level 1 PED, 80 credits at Level 1 including Level One literacy. 

Other requirements:  Students must wear the correct Liston College PE uniform (House shirt) during practical lessons. An interest in physical activity, sport and a desire to learn and improve themselves is essential. 


Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

  • Participate in a variety of physical activities and sports
  • Develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Understand basic body functions, including physiology, biomechanics and anatomy and how they influence performance in physical activity
  • Examine skill-learning principles and psychological skills in relation to improving at a physical activity
  • Plan, apply and review leadership strategies in a group or team physical activity

Course Content

Physical Education at Liston College is a broad subject area that includes topics and assessments from measures of performance, learning about functional anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, to learning about leadership strategies and designing exercise programmes. Unlike an increasing number of Physical Education courses in different Secondary Schools in New Zealand, we are very conscious of the amount of time students spend sitting down, and so work hard to design lessons that teach theory through practical. This course requires students to be proactive in their approach to application and understanding of concepts around which the subject is organised. It is an academic subject which will have a ratio of two theory and two practical lessons. 

You will also: Demonstrate performance in two contrasting physical activities; Turbo Touch, a 4km run or your own personal sport where possible.

Where does this course lead?

It will generally lead into Level 3 Sports Science and then potentially into many fields of Tertiary study or it can provide a comprehensive knowledge base for those wishing to complete a well-rounded course at Level 2 or those wishing to move into the physical activity industry. 

The course is well suited to those students who are academically able and who wish to gain endorsements in Level 2 NCEA of Merit and/or Excellence.

Contact for further inquiries

Mr Morath (HOD PE) [email protected]

Course Overview

Term 1
2.6 Leadership of Junior Students (4 credits)

In this standard students will be required to use leadership strategies within communication, behaviour management, motivation and general leadership to coach a group of Year 7 and 8 students. They will then evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies through a written report.

Term 2
2.2 Move to Improve (5 credits)

In this standard students will analyse their performance of a Basketball Free Throw (using their non-dominant hand). They will utilise their understanding of biophysical principles (biomechanics, functional anatomy, skill learning and sports psychology) to do this. This comprehensive analysis will will involve a thorough understanding of the requirements of performing the skill at a high level.

Term 3
2.3 Train to Gain (4 credits)

In this standard students will experience a range of different methods and principles of training and develop an understanding of how these need to be applied appropriately to training and physical activity. They will also be required to apply this knowledge by creating and facilitating training sessions for their peers and critically evaluate the effectiveness of these trainings.

2.8 Haka (3 credits)

Consistently demonstrate social responsibility through applying a social responsibility model in physical activity. The context for this will be the Liston College Haka (Tama Tu).

Term 4
2.4 Performance (4 credits)

In this standard students will be required to demonstrate specific levels of competence in either Turbo Touch or a 4km run.

Learning Areas:

Physical Education


Sports Science Level 3

Career Pathways

Massage Therapist, Navy Sailor, Navy Officer, Occupational Therapist, Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Probation Officer, Recreation Co-ordinator, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Clinical Physiologist, Intelligence Officer, Podiatrist, Chiropractor, Diver, Community Development Worker, Corrections Officer, Acupuncturist, Dietitian, Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, Sports Coach/Official, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Air Force Officer, Driving Instructor, Paramedic, Police Officer, Army Officer, Army Soldier, Firefighter, Ranger, Professional Sportsperson, Groundsperson, Health Promoter, Naturopath