Level 1 Physical Education (L1PED)


Pupils contemplating this course should enjoy the challenges and variety of sport and physical activity. The course combines practical and theoretical aspects and pupils need to be prepared to work equally diligently at both theoretical and practical components. 

In 2023, students were part of the pilot programme for the new NCEA standards. The practical sessions were widely varied with lots of opportunities to experience different activities. There was a focus on volleyball, Tapu Ae and adapted games (goalball). 

Some of the activities included: Wheelchair basketball, martial arts and trampolining. 

The aim in Physical Education is to do as much learning as possible in practical settings. It is important to note that reading and writing are also a very important part of the teaching and learning for this course.

With new NCEA standards there are two internally assessed standards and two externally assessed standards.

What will I learn?

You will cover the practical and theoretical aspects of physical education. Your major areas of study will include:

What should I have done already?

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Assessment outline

Note that three of the four achievement standards will be offered with one to be omitted. A total of 15 level one credits will be available in this course.


Assessment regulations


In the event you do not pass the standard at assessment time you may be provided with an opportunity to reassess your work at the teacher’s discretion.

Late work

Work submitted late for any internally assessed standards will not be marked. If there is a genuine reason or explanation why you are unable to submit the work then you are able to apply for an extension. This should occur prior to the due date and not after. Approach your subject teacher and make your case. Read the NCEA student handbook for more information.

Where does this course lead?

This course leads into Level 2 Physical Education. You will need 10 credits from this course as a prerequisite for Level 2 Physical Education.

Indicative costs

For all indicative course costs please see the course costs page.