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PDHPE Stage 5 Electives

Stage 5: Physical Activity and Sports Studies - PASS


Physical Activity and Sports Studies represents a broad view of physical activity and the many possible contexts in which individuals can build activity into their lifestyle. It incorporates a wide range of lifelong physical activities, including recreational, leisure and adventure pursuits, competitive and non-competitive games, individual and group physical fitness activities, and the use of physical activity for therapy and remediation.

This syllabus promotes the concept of learning through movement. Many aspects of the course can be explored through participation in selected movement applications in which students experience, examine, analyse and apply new understanding. 

Physical Activity and Sports Studies also promotes learning about movement and provides students with opportunities to develop their movement skills, analyse movement performance and assist the performance of others. 

Organisation of Content

Areas of Study

The content is organised in modules within the following three Areas of Study:

Foundations of Physical Activity

Physical Activity and Sport in Society

Enhancing Participation and Performance.


Stage 5: Child Studies

Child Studies explores the broad range of social, environmental, genetic and cultural factors that influence prenatal development and a child's sense of wellbeing and belonging between 0 and 8 years of age. This syllabus reflects the multidimensional nature of child development and learning and the interconnectedness of the physical, social, emotional, personal, creative, spiritual, cognitive and linguistic domains. Students have the opportunity to explore this interrelationship through each stage of development in the early years.

Child Studies also includes study of preconception and family preparation, newborn care and the influence and impact of nutrition, play, technology and the media. Child Studies assists students to understand the significant impact of the child's environment and the role that the child and others can take in the active construction of this environment. They have the opportunity to relect and think critically on the value of the cultural context and influence of ancestral and traditional practices. They learn to identify, create and evaluate solutions to enhance child wellbeing. They become aware of and learn to access a range of relevant community resources and services.


The content is organised into the following modules:

  • Preparing for parenthood
  • Conception to birth
  • Family interactions
  • Newborn care
  • Growth and development
  • Play and the developing child
  • Health and safety in childhood
  • Food and nutrition in childhood
  • The diverse needs of children
  • Children and culture
  • Media and technology in childhood
  • Aboriginal cultures and childhood
  • Childcare services and career opportunities

Schools develop programs by selecting modules and/or integrating content from modules.