Scholarship Health and Physical Education

Course Description

Health and Physical Education Scholarship is an exciting opportunity to broaden your understanding of contexts studied within our vast curriculum. 

Students “will use knowledge of the health and physical education learning area to critically evaluate information related to health and physical activity through the application of the concept of hauora, bio-physical principles and socio-cultural factors drawn from learning experiences in, through and about, health-related and human body movement contexts.”

NZQA Scholarship Information

The scholarship course would take place outside of normal class time to be determined by the staff and students involved.  Students need to attend regularly in order to reap the benefits of the preparation programme as well as making sure they are doing the extended learning for the theme provided.

Students taking on the scholarship challenge will demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. 

Format of the assessment

Candidates will be required to produce a report that critically evaluates one or more aspects of a document selected from the list below. The documents are all significant to New Zealand and are underpinned by knowledge, theories, and concepts that are embedded in the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Candidates are expected to use the selected document as a platform for analysis and critical thinking of broad and relevant themes. Candidates may refer to more than one of the listed documents within their report. However, it is expected that they will select one as a focus for their critical evaluation, which is a vital component of the report.

The Documents for 2023:

Document One: New Zealand Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy (2019)

Document Two: Sport NZ's Every Body Active: Strategic plan 2020–2024

Document Three: Sports NZ's Women and Girls Strategy

The report must be submitted digitally and must:

- not exceed the equivalent of 26 double-spaced single-sided A4 pages

- have numbered pages

- use a font the approximate equivalent of 12pt Arial

- provide references in an appropriate format, preferably footnotes.

The report may contain images, sketches, diagrams, illustrations, and other forms of graphic representation.

Material obviously in excess of the maximum limit will not be marked. Repeated or extraneous material may be seen as evidence of flawed communication.

Appendices to the report must contain only selected relevant information that is directly referred to in the report, e.g. a questionnaire or brief video. Appendices are included in the 26-page limit.


Submission instructions for NZ Scholarship Health and Physical Education will be available to schools in Term 3. Submission date is 25th October 2023.

Candidates must demonstrate their ability to:

- Challenge assumptions and taken-for-granted points of view. Involves reflecting on own experiences, examining pros and cons, and drawing parallels with research. Bias will be examined and different perspectives considered to make informed, valid judgements supported with evidence.

- Present a report that is fully integrated, fluent and precise presentation to demonstrate elegance / style / flair / refinement, complexity, and originality.

- Use analysis and evaluation to demonstrate new understanding. Synthesis of information will lead to coherent judgements, suggestions or modifications will be justified.

- Examine and critique material in detail. To look for patterns, and to evaluate information by comparing and contrasting. 

Recommended Prior Learning

You do not need to have taken Health Education, Physical Education or Outdoor Education before to enter and achieve Scholarship, but it could be advantageous.  A curious mind and the desire to read and integrate wider research and trends within society will help immensely.


Courses will only run based on minimum entries

Selecting a course does not guarantee entry into this course

You may apply for an exemption if you do not meet the prerequisites of a course or if the course requires this for entry

Standards offered can be altered at the discretion of the HOF or HOD of the Department

Some standards in NCEA courses might be optional depending on student strengths