Sports Science Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Morath

Recommended Prior Learning

Achievement of: 14 Credits in either Level 2 Sports Science (achieved in 2.2, 2.3 and/or 2.6), Biology or Physics, 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.

The Level 3 Sports Science programme is the third stage of NCEA. Through this programme, students will learn to apply the Knowledge, skills, attitude and motivation to make informed decisions and take action in ways that contribute to their personal well-being, the well-being of other people and the Society we live in.


Academic requirements: Level 2 Sports Science with at least 14 credits including UE literacy (5 credits reading and 5 credits writing.

OR if you have not completed Level 2 Sports Science, 60 credits at Level 2, including UE literacy. 

OR discretion of HOD PE based on other Level 2 results.

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:

  • Develop and apply strategies to improve their own performance in their sport.
  • Understand and review training programmes that increase performance.
  • Improve their understanding of their own sport and how it affects their well-being.
  • Develop a holistic understanding of Physical Education based around place, history and culture. 

Course Content

You will learn:

  • How to analyse the performance of a physical skill (Badminton Overhead Smash), incorporating biomechanical analysis of the motor skill.
  • How to develop your own physical performance to reach the demanding Level 3 standards.
  • Investigate issues in sport and examine the implications of these on New Zealand society.
  • Evaluate your participation in physical activity up until this time in your life, with a focus on your time at Liston College. 
  • To improve performance by implementing a Performance Improvement Programme.

Where does this course lead?

This is an approved University Entrance subject. It can lead to many fields of Tertiary study or it can provide a comprehensive knowledge base for 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 3 NCEA for Merit and/or Excellence.

Contact for further inquiries

Mr Morath (HOD PE) [email protected]

Course Overview

Term 1
3.1 Back to the Future (4 credits)

In this standard you will evaluate your participation in physical activity up until this time in your life. with a focus on your time at Liston College. You will then use this information to create a plan for the future with regards to how you will use physical activity to help your life-long well-being.

Term 2
3.2 Serving for Success (3 credits)

In this standard students will work with a partner to analyse their performance of a Badminton Overhead Smash, utilising their understanding of biomechanical principles. This analysis will provide feed-forward information to allow your partner to develop a Performance Improvement Programme, taking into account the factors that may influence their ability to improve their performance in the skill.

3.3 Better than Before (4 credits)

In this standard you will participate in a Performance Improvement Programme in the context of Badminton. You will then use a range of biophysical principles and socio-cultural factors to critically evaluate the effectiveness of your programme.

Term 3
3.4 Performance (4 credits)

In this standard you will be required to demonstrate specific levels of competence in either your chosen sport or Badminton.

Term 4
3.5 Colour of Money (4 credits)

In this standard you will critically examine the impact of a sporting issue and how it impacts on New Zealand society.

Learning Areas:

Physical Education

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