Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course allows students to research and consider the role and value of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PD/H/PE) in contemporary society and the broader curriculum. Students will explore the principles and practices of teaching and learning in post-compulsory PD/H/PE, experience planning and programming for Stage 6 PD/H/PE, Community and Family Studies (CAFS), Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation (SLR), PD/H/PE Life Skills as well as Crossroads courses. Students will also explore course assessment requirements of the Higher School Certificate for Stage 6 PD/H/PE, information technologies and resources for teaching and assessing senior students.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of PD/H/PE in the post compulsory school curriculum (Year 11-12);

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale, content and policies related to Stage 6 PD/H/PE, CAFS, SLR and Life Skills syllabi as well as the Crossroads senior course;

3. Demonstrate skills in, and show knowledge of, the nature, sources and application of information technology resources for the senior syllabi being studied in this course;

4. Develop an understanding of the HSC requirements for Stage 6 syllabi studied in this course

5. Develop increasing competence in the areas of assessment, reporting and evaluation procedures for Stage 6 learning;

6. Demonstrate an understanding of teaching practices that fosters lifelong learning;


Curriculum overview of Stage 6 senior school studies.Programming for Stage 6 - 2 Unit PDHPE.Stage 6 assessment requirements.Programming and assessment design for Stage 6 Community and Family Studies course.Programming and Assessment for Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation courses.Programming and implementation of the Crossroads/PDHPE 25 hour compulsory senior course.Programming and assessment of other Stage 6 HPE related courses including Life Skills/Special Education requirements.Effective principles and practices of teaching and learning for senior school studies.Critical reflection of state, national and global senior studies.


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

To enrol in this course students must be active in one of the following programs:

- B Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Health and Physical Education [12370],

- B Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Health and Physical Education [12218],

- B Education (Secondary) [40107],

- B Education (Secondary) (Hons) [40108]

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Programming

In Term Test: Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.