Health & Physical Education


Students may choose one or more units within Health and Physical Education which will provide them with an excellent background for a broad range of career options, particularly those in the area of health, sport and recreation, social welfare and childcare.

Which Health and Physical Education Courses Should I Choose?

 Health and Human Development

This subject provides students with an overview of aspects of human development and health and wellbeing through the lifespan.  It incorporates information on factors that can have a negative impact as well as programs that can boost health status and health and wellbeing from an individual, national and global perspective.  

Physical Education

VCE Physical Education explores the complex interrelationships between anatomical, biomechanical, physiological and skill acquisition principles to understand their role in producing and refining movement, and examines behavioural, psychological, environmental and sociocultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs

The following VET courses are offered in the Human Development Learning Area:

  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate II in Community Services

Please see VET section for full details of courses.

VCE Health and Human Development 1 & 2
Unit 1 – Understanding Health and Wellbeing


Course Outline

This unit explores five dimensions of health and wellbeing, their measurement and factors that can impact them.  It also investigates nutrition and youth issues.


Areas of Study

· Dimensions, measurements and factors of health and wellbeing.

· Nutrition and youth health and wellbeing.

· Youth health and wellbeing issues.

Unit 2 – Managing Health and  Development


Course Outline

This unit explores development through the lifespan and the influences of healthy relationships and parenting.  It also explores the Australian Health system.


Areas of Study

· The human lifespan and affects of parenting.

· Healthy and respectful relationships.

· Australia’s Health system.

For further advice:  Stuart McGregor
VCE Physical Education 1 & 2
Unit 1 – The Human Body in Motion


Course Outline: In this unit students explore how the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems work together to produce movement. They also consider the implications of the use of legal and illegal practices to improve the performance of the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems as well as recommend and implement strategies to minimise the risk of illness or injury to each system.


Areas of Study

· How does the musculoskeletal system work to produce movement?

· How does the cardiorespiratory system function at rest and during physical activity?

Unit 2: Physical activity, sport and society

Course Outline: This unit develops students’ understanding of physical activity, sport and society from a participatory perspective. Students are introduced to types of physical activity and the role participation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour plays in their own health and wellbeing as well as in other people’s lives in different population groups.


Areas of Study:

· What are the relationships between physical activity, sport, health and society?

· What are the contemporary issues associated with physical activity and sport?


For further advice: Jade Hunter, Braidon Bennett