New Zealand Scholarship Health and Physical Education

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2018 Assessment Report

Health and Physical Education assessment specification

Scholarship Performance Standard (93501) Health and Physical Education
Mode of Assessment Submitted Report
For Year 2019
Submission Date Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Specific information

Familiarity with the New Zealand Scholarship Health and Physical Education resources, including the descriptors in the Performance Standard, is essential. New Zealand Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. In Scholarship Health and Physical Education, critical evaluation will be expected as a vital component of the report.

Format of the assessment

Assessment will be in the form of a report. Candidates will self-select a suitable topic to produce the report.

The report will be a critical evaluation of an aspect or aspects drawn from the Health and Physical Education area in The New Zealand Curriculum up to and including Curriculum Level 8.

The report will be supported by an organised collection of evidence and references drawn from both New Zealand and international sources. 

The report should be submitted digitally, through a process advised by NZQA, in the submission instructions published on the subject page in July 2019. Hard copy reports will be accepted in 2019. The report may contain images, sketches, diagrams, illustrations, and other forms of graphic representation.

The report must not exceed the equivalent of 30 double-spaced single-sided A4 pages. Pages must be numbered. References must be given in an appropriate format, preferably footnotes.

The font in reports must be the approximate equivalent of Arial 12.

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 30-page limit.

Selecting a Scholarship report topic 

Brain Map to support planning (PDF, 294KB)


Digitally submitted reports must be submitted online through the formal submission process. Schools must securely store a copy of all digitally submitted material.

Hard copy reports must be securely stapled in the top left-hand corner. They must not be bound in any other way. Candidate reports must have the candidate’s NSN on the top right-hand corner of the hard copy.

Each report must be submitted in an individual folder supplied by NZQA in a packout to schools in October. The folder will be personalised for each candidate.

Note: Reports will not be returned to candidates.


For assessment purposes, candidates must provide material that is their own work and demonstrates their own ability.

A candidate’s decision to submit material for assessment is their declaration that the work submitted is their own.

Health and Physical Education resources

The links listed below are for resources to help teachers and students understand what is required for success in New Zealand Scholarship.

Performance standards

Exam materials (question books, resource books, reports, schedules, etc)

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