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

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(PDHPE)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4549.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044787G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2002 to 2007.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education) course enables students to develop wide-ranging skills, which may be applied post-graduation in a variety of contexts. Completion of a further Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary or similar qualifications) qualification will enable graduates to teach the PDHPE curriculum in secondary schools. The strength of this PDHPE program is the development of graduates with a holistic understanding of the concepts of health and physical activity and its relationship to the other components of personal development and physical education.

Study Mode
Three years full-time.

Advanced standing

Applications for advanced standing will be assessed in accordance with current University policy.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science (PDHPE) can apply to complete a Masters of Education through UAC. On completion of a Masters of Education they can apply for teaching status with the NSW Department of Education and Training (NSWDET).


Students normally apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). It is recommended that HSC students applying to the PDHPE key program have completed HSC 2 unit PDHPE.

International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via their website.

International Office

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Any student going on placement in NSW Health facilities will need to comply with its occupational screening and vaccination policy prior to placement.

Course Structure

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

Students must also complete or possess a current approved Senior First Aid Certificate and Remote Area First Aid Certificate as part of the requirements for 100666 Outdoor Recreation 1.

Students must possess or complete a current approved Senior First Aid Certificate as part of the requirements for Unit Number 100665 Human Movement 2.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

100664Human Movement 1
300361Introduction to Human Biology
400164Introduction to Sociology of Health
400270Meanings of Health and Models of Care

Spring session

400962Foundations of Wellbeing
100665Human Movement 2
400136Introduction to the Psychology of Health
400137Introduction to Research for Health Sciences

Year 2

Autumn session

100667An Introduction to Drug Use in Society
400965Health Care Systems
400271Introduction to Health Promotion
100666Outdoor Recreation 1

Spring session

100669Human Movement 3
400282Introduction to Sports Medicine
100668The Health of Young People

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

100670Human Movement 4
100671Human Movement 5

and one elective

Spring session

100673Human Movement 6
100672Introduction to Dance

And two electives

Elective Units

Elective units in the Bachelor of Health Science may be chosen from across Western Sydney University, provided that unit prerequisites are met and space is available.

The following is a list of elective units in the Health Science/ PDHPE discipline areas, which are not listed elsewhere in the Handbook. These electives are open to students from across The University provided that pre-requisites are met and space is available.

400963Drugs in Sport
400283Health Services Information Management
400284Health Services Quality Management
400286Injury Prevention
400285Public Health
100675Outdoor Recreation 2
100676Outdoor Recreation 3
100677Outdoor Recreation 4

Sub-major elective spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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