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Course - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

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 also study first aid.

In the HSC course, students focus on major issues related to Australia’s health status and investigate the current health priorities in Australia. They also explore factors that affect performance including different types of training, psychology, nutrition, and recovery strategies. Students analyse the effects of planning on improving performance and ethical considerations relating to performance. Students are challenged to consider and debate the merits of current sports medicine approaches and explore ways to maintain athlete wellbeing.

Download the PDF (below) to get the full course description.


Who is teaching PDHPE next year?

At this stage no decision has been made for who will be teaching PDHPE.  

Will I need to be able to write high standard essays to do well in PDHPE?

Throughout Year 11 and 12 there will be multiple essays that you will complete to demonstrate your understanding. There will also be long answer questions in examinations that will require a level of structure in your response. 

Do you do any practical lessons like in Years 7 to 10?

There are no set practical lessons in Year 11 and 12 as the course is 100% theory. However, there is the occasional practical test conducted, as well as the completion of the first aid course. 

How much content is there?

PDHPE does contain significant levels of content and does require students to have a high level of capacity in taking notes and revising concepts regularly. The misconception of PDHPE being a 'sport subject' often provides students the idea there is not as much content in this course. This is not the case and in selecting PDHPE students must be aware of the amount of content covered in this course. 

Is PDHPE an ATAR subject?

PDHPE is a Category A subject that does contribute towards an ATAR score.

If you have further questions, please contact:
PDHPE Coordinator - Mr Logan Wakeford