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Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (Year 7-10)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a mandatory course that is studied in each of Years 7-10 with at least 300 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10.

Course Description

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) K–10 syllabus provides a strengths-based approach towards developing the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity in varied and changing contexts. The syllabus provides opportunities for students to develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to help students become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens.

What will students learn about?

  • Health, Wellbeing and Relationships– students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills important for building respectful relationships, enhancing personal strengths and exploring personal identity to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of themselves and others. They develop strategies to manage change, challenges, power, abuse, violence and learn how to protect themselves and others in a range of situations.
  • Movement Skill and Performance– students focus on active participation in a broad range of movement contexts to develop movement skill and enhance performance. They develop confidence and competence to engage in physical activity. Students develop an understanding of movement concepts and the features of movement composition as they engage in a variety of planned and improvised movement experiences. They create and compose movement to achieve specific purposes and performance goals. Through movement experiences students also develop self-management and interpersonal skills to support them to strive for enhanced performance and participation in a lifetime of physical activity.
  • Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles– students focus on the interrelationship between health and physical activity concepts. They develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to empower them to make healthy and safe choices and take action to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities. They engage with a range of health issues and identify strategies to keep them healthy, safe and active.

Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)

Students may undertake either 100 hours or 200 hours of study in Physical Activity and Sports Studies in Stage 4 and/or Stage 5. The outcomes and content have been designed at a Stage 5 level.

Course Description

PASS aims to enhance students’ capacity to participate effectively in physical activity and sport, leading to improved quality of life for themselves and others.

Students engage in a wide range of physical activities in order to develop key understandings about how and why we move and how to enhance quality and enjoyment of movement.

What will students learn about?

Year 9: 100 Hour Course

Year 10: 100 Hour Course

  • Module 1: Australia’s Sporting Identity
  • Module 2: Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Module 3: Technology, Participation and Performance
  • Module 4: Coaching
  • Module 1: Issues in Sport
  • Module 2: Enhancing Performance
  • Module 3: The Outdoor Challenge
  • Module 4: Active and Healthy

Course A and B combined equates to the 200 hour course.

The format of lessons is a combination of theory and practical sessions designed to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts explored. This course would be particularly relevant for those students who have an interest in Sport and Physical Education. Students who may be interested in a career associated with the sporting industry, such as physiotherapist, gym instructor, sports trainer, sports writer or recreation officer, as well as those students who desire to improve their knowledge and skill for their own personal use are encouraged to consider this elective.