Exam Preparation Course for Year 12 VCE PE Units 3-4 | 2023

Make VCE success inevitable!

Hello and welcome to this exam preparation course for Year 12 Physical Education Unit 3 & 4 (VCE, HSC, GCSE)

What you’ll learn

  • Unit 3: Area of Study 1 – How are movement skills improved?.
  • Unit 3: Area of Study 2 – How does the body produce energy?.
  • Unit 4: Area of Study 1 – What are the foundations of an effective training program?.
  • Unit 4: Area of Study 2 – How is training implemented effectively to improve fitness?.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 1 lecture • 1min.
  • Unit 3: Movement skills and energy for physical activity –> 11 lectures • 49min.
  • Unit 4: Training to improve performance –> 10 lectures • 47min.
  • Congratulations! What now? –> 1 lecture • 1min.

Exam Preparation Course for Year 12 VCE PE Units 3-4 | 2023


Hello and welcome to this exam preparation course for Year 12 Physical Education Unit 3 & 4 (VCE, HSC, GCSE)

My goal for this course is simple: to equip you to pass your upcoming exams.

Now, the assumption is that you’ve been putting in the hard work all in Year 11 and all through this year as well. This course is designed to help you remember most of the key concepts and to get into exam answering mode!

In summary, you’ll revise these topics:

  • Biomechanics
  • Skill classification
  • Energy Systems
  • Fitness Components and testing
  • Training Principles
  • Training Methods
  • Sleep and nutrition

These are the Key Knowledge points that we’ll cover in this course (Note, we won’t cover them all). For full details, check out the VCE, HSC or GCSE Physical Education Study Design 2018-2024:

  • Biomechanical principles for analysis of human movement including:
    – angular and linear kinetic concepts of human movement: Newton’s three laws of motion, inertia, mass, force, momentum and impulse
    – angular and linear kinematic concepts of human movement: distance, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration and projectile motion (height, angle and speed of release)
    – equilibrium and human movement: levers (force, axis, resistance and the mechanical advantage of anatomical levers), stability and balance (centre of gravity, base of support and line of gravity)
  • Classification of movement skills including fundamental movement skills, sport specific skills, open and closed skills, gross and fine skills, and discrete, serial and continuous motor skills
  • Influences on movement including individual, task and environmental constraints on motor skill development
  • The link between motor skill development and participation and performance
  • characteristics of the three energy systems (ATP–CP, anaerobic glycolysis, aerobic system) for physical activity, including rate of ATP production, the yield of each energy system, fatigue/limiting factors and recovery rates associated with active and passive recoveries
  • interplay of energy systems in relation to the intensity, duration and type of activity
  • fitness components: definitions and factors affecting aerobic power, agility, anaerobic capacity, balance, body composition, coordination, flexibility, muscular endurance, power and strength, reaction time and speed
  • assessment of fitness including:
    – the purpose of fitness testing including physiological, psychological and sociocultural perspectives
    – pre-participation health screening (PAR-Q)
    – informed consent
    – test aims and protocols
    – test reliability and validity
  • methods of at least two standardised, recognised tests for aerobic power, agility, anaerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance, power and strength and speed.
  • training program principles, including frequency, intensity, time, type, progression, specificity, individuality, diminishing returns, variety, maintenance, overtraining and detraining
  • training methods including continuous, interval (short, intermediate, long and high intensity), fartlek, circuit, weight/resistance, flexibility and plyometrics
  • psychological strategies used to enhance performance and aid recovery including sleep, confidence and motivation, optimal arousal, mental imagery and concentration
  • nutritional and rehydration recovery strategies including water, carbohydrate and protein replenishment
  • acute physiological responses to exercise in the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems.


The best way to get through this online course is with time, focus and intentionality.

  • Read the instructions carefully
  • Take notes during the videos using the note tool
  • Do the activities as directed in the videos, don’t skip them!
  • Try to get 100% in the comprehension questions

I hope you enjoy this crash course in the key topics in VCE PE Unit 3 & 4!

Best of luck!

Mr D

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