Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

For students in Years 11 and 12


Head of Department: Jason Cooper

Year 11

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC 
Course Description

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is an integrated area of study that provides for the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of students.

It involves students learning about and practising ways of maintaining active, healthy lifestyles and improving their health status. The emphasis is on understanding how the body moves and the sociocultural influences that regulate movement. Scientific aspects to be studied include anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and skill acquisition. These areas of study prepare students to be informed participants, intelligent performers and analysts of movement.
The Preliminary course examines a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. This includes how people think about health and physical activity, the management of personal health and the basis for how the body moves. Students will study First Aid and Fitness Choices as option modules.

In the HSC course students focus on major issues related to Australia’s health status. They also examine factors that affect physical performance including physiology of training, nutrition, psychology, recovery and skill development. In options, students focus on improving performance and safe participation by learning about advanced approaches to training and sports medicine concepts.

The syllabus has been designed for all students in Years 11 and 12 who have an interest in this area.

Overview of Course

The PDHPE Syllabus includes two 120 hour courses

Preliminary Course
HSC Course
Core - 60% Better Health for Individuals (30%)
The Body in Motion (30%)
Health Priorities for Australia (30%)
Factors Affecting Performance (30%)
Options - 40% Fitness Choice (20%)
First Aid (20%)
Sports Medicine (20%)
Improving Performance (20%)
Assessment Structure

Preliminary and HSC Course Assessments could include:
• Assignments
• In class tasks
• Examinations