Bachelor of Health Science (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education)

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(PDHPE)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4659.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044787G

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This course version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2010.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2008, 2009 - 4549.2 Bachelor of Health Science (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education)

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) program brings together a comprehensive foundation of health sciences, understanding of physical activity and personal development, and skills in interacting with people. Graduates stand out for their holistic understanding of the concepts of health and physical activity in personal development. The program is a popular pathway to a Master of Teaching degree, and then on to a teaching career. Teaching opportunities can be extended beyond PDHPE by studying electives, such as science and mathematics. Graduates also work as personal trainers and sports coaches and new opportunities are opening up in community-based recreation.

The course explores challenging areas of personal development, including youth health issues, secuality, drugs, psychology and risk-taking behaviours, as well as general health science, including human biology, health systems, health promotion and research. Facilities are state of the art, including a new gymnasium and a renovated dance and gym studio, and practical experience is a strong feature of the program.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students may choose to study at a reduced load.

Course Advice

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CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Graduates may be eligible to apply for accreditation with the NSW Institute of Teachers following the successful completion of a recognised teaching qualification. There is no professional accrediting body for the PDHPE specialisation.


For local students admission is through UAC. Assumed knowledge: any 2 units of English. Recommended Studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education or Community and Family Studies.

For international students, admission is through direct application to the university with IELTS equal to 6.5 or above.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).


Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
In order to enrol in Second Year Autumn units, all students must have: 1. NSW Health National Criminal Record Check, 2. Prohibited Employment Declaration Form. In order to enrol in Second Year Spring units, all students must have a First Aid Certificate. To be eligible to undertake fieldwork placements in public hospitals, students must comply with vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. Details of necessary vaccinations are available from NSW Health.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Please Note: at least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above.

Recommended sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400870Population Health and Society
300361Introduction to Human Biology
400880Fundamentals of Exercise Science
400871Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400808Outdoor Recreation
400891Movement and Skill Development
400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400732Communication in Health

Year 2

Autumn session

400867Approaches to Health Promotion
400892Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
400866Culture, Diversity and Health

And one elective

Spring session

101615Sport and Exercise Psychology
400798PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups
101614Psychology and Health
400962Foundations of Wellbeing

Year 3

Autumn session

400893Ethical Issues in Sports and Athletics
400894Contemporary Youth Health Issues
400886Motor Control and Skill Acquisition

And one elective

Spring session

400896Gymnastics and Dance
400897Personal Training and Coaching

And two electives

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

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