Stage 5 - PDHPE

Course Description

PDHPE provides the opportunity for young people to explore issues that are likely to impact on the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. The issues that affect young people include physical activity, mental health, drug use, sexual health, nutrition, supportive relationships, personal safety, gender roles and discrimination. Health issues that have the potential to appear in later life are also relevant due to their relationship to lifestyle patterns established in adolescent years and the possibility that they may impact on family and other significant adults in students’ lives.


The social and emotional wellbeing of students is also promoted when the school provides an environment that enhances the protective factors that help to build resilience and lessen the impact of adverse life events.

Course Structure

Effective learning in PDHPE is underpinned by the development of skills that assist students to adopt a healthy, active and fulfilling lifestyle. These include the ability to:

  • communicate effectively
  • make informed decisions
  • interact positively with others in groups and teams
  • move with competence and confidence in a range of contexts
  • devise and implement plans to achieve goals
  • solve problems creatively.

Assessment Summary

Teachers of PDHPE will provide students with opportunities in the context of everyday classroom activities, as well as planned assessment events, to demonstrate their learning.