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Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus

Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus

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Personal development, health and physical education

  • Two Unit Board Developed Course (BDC) Category 
  • A Life Skills course is also available – non ATAR

Personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) 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. It is also concerned with social and scientific understandings about movement, which lead to enhanced movement potential and appreciation of movement in their lives.

The course provides a direct link with study and vocational pathways in the areas of recreational, paramedical, movement and health sciences. Related career opportunities are expanding and gaining recognition throughout the community as legitimate fields of endeavour.

Through the study of PDHPE, students will develop:

  • values and attitudes that promote healthy and active lifestyles and communities
  • knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect health
  • a capacity to exercise influence over personal and community health outcomes
  • knowledge and understanding about the way the body moves
  • an ability to take action to improve participation and performance in physical activity
  • an ability to apply the skills of critical thinking, research and analysis.

Further information is available on the Personal development, health and physical education syllabus website.

Year 11

Course modules:

  • better health for individuals
  • the body in motion
  • two of the following options
    • first aid
    • outdoor recreation
    • fitness choices

Year 12

Course modules:

  • health priorities in Australia
  • factors affecting performance
  • two of the following three options:
    • sport and physical activity in Australia
    • improving performance
    • sports medicine