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

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(PDHPE)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4549.2

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 2008 or 2009.

Commencement Year 2002 to 2007 - 4549.1 Bachelor of Health Science (PDHPE)

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 Master of Teaching (Secondary or similar 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 it's relationship to other components of personal development and physical education.

Study Mode
Three years full-time study.

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).


Potential students normally apply for admission to the course through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Other admission schemes of the University are available. International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via their website.

International Office

Course Structure

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

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400794PDHPE: Exploring Movement Skills
300361Introduction to Human Biology
400780Nutrition, Physical Activity and Mental Health
400781Dynamics of Health

Spring session

400808Outdoor Recreation
400962Foundations of Wellbeing
400136Introduction to the Psychology of Health
400137Introduction to Research for Health Sciences

Year 2

Autumn session

400782Essentials of Health Promotion
400791Drug Use in Society
400796PDHPE: Efficient Movement Principles

And one elective

Spring session

400965Health Care Systems
400792PDHPE: Lifelong Physical Activity and Fitness
400798PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

400797PDHPE: Gymnastics
400795Contemporary Youth Health Issues
400793PDHPE: Invasion Games

And one elective

Spring session

400799PDHPE: Recreational Sports
100672Introduction to Dance

And one elective

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

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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