Physical Education Units 1 and 2


In Unit 1, you will explore how the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems work together to produce movement. Through practical activities, you get to explore the relationships between the body systems and physical activity, sport and exercise, and how the systems adapt and adjust to the demands of the activity. You will participate in an exciting exercise investigating the role and function of the main structures in each system and how they respond to physical activity, sport and exercise.

Unit 2 will develop your understanding of physical activity, sport and society from a participatory perspective. You will be introduced to types of physical activity and the role participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour plays in your own health and wellbeing as well as in other people’s lives in different population groups. Through a series of practical activities, you will experience and explore different types of physical activity promoted in your own and different population groups. Gaining an appreciation of the level of physical activity required for health benefits will also be achieved.

Who is it for?

Are you an active person who loves to keep healthy and participates in regular sport/physical activity? Then Physical Education is the subject ideal for YOU.

The study of VCE Physical Education is ideal for students with a wide range of aspirations, including those who wish to pursue further study at tertiary level or in vocational education and training settings. The study prepares you for such fields as health sciences, exercise science and education, as well as providing valuable knowledge and skills for participating in your own sporting and physical activity pursuits.

What do you do?

Some topics you will explore are:

  • bones
  • muscles
  • thermoregulation
  • prevention of injuries
  • types of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

You will participate in a variety of physical activities including active transport, gardening, playing at a local park, mopping and vacuuming floors. You will conduct a school or community audit of enablers and barriers to physical activity.

What skills do you need?

There are no prerequisites for entry to Unit 1 or 2, however you do need:

  • a willingness to have a go at a range of physical activities
  • some performance ability and some theoretical knowledge is an advantage.

You do not need to be an Olympic athlete.

What skills do you develop?

Some of the key skills include being able to:define and participate in a range of physical activities, sports and exercise.

Some of the key skills include being able to:

  • define and participate in a range of physical activities, sports and exercise
  • describe the social, cultural and environmental influences on movement
  • use and apply correct anatomical terminology to the working of the musculoskeletal system in producing human movement
  • perform, observe and analyse a variety of movements used in physical activity, sport and exercise to explain the interaction between bones, muscles, joints and joint actions responsible for movement
  • define and identify forms of physical activity, physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour
  • identify contemporary issues associated with participation in physical activity and sport
  • participate in and reflect on physical activities that illustrate the participatory perspective of the selected issue.



The following textbook is required: LIVE IT UP 1 VCE Physical Education 1&2 4th Edition.

Things to think about

Do you enjoy learning about how the body works, including a significant amount of science-based learning about the body systems, muscles and bones? If you answered yes and you are excited to learn these concepts, then this is the subject for you.

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