VCE Health & PE Electives

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Outdoor and Environmental studies examines the way humans interact with and relate to natural environments. This includes environments that have minimum influence for humans, but may also include environments subject to human intervention. The study is directed towards enabling students to make critically informed comments on questions of environmental sustainability and to understand the importance of environmental health, particularly in local contexts.

Unit 1: Exploring outdoor experiences

This unit examines some of the ways in which humans understand and relate to nature through experiences of outdoor environments. The focus is on individuals and their personal responses to and experiences of outdoor environments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an expedition along the Glenelg River.
Approximate cost of Glenelg River expedition: $330

Unit 2: Discovering outdoor environments

This unit focuses on the characteristics of outdoor environments and different ways of understanding them. Students study nature’s impact on humans, as well as the ecological, social and economic implications of human impact on outdoor environments. Students develop a clear understanding of the impact of technologies and changing human lifestyles on outdoor environments. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a 2 day crosscountry ski trip to Mt Baw Baw, together with a hike along the Mitchell River Approximate cost of Mt Baw Baw trip: $220
Approximate cost of Mitchell River hike: $100

Unit 3: Relationships with outdoor environments

The focus of this unit is the ecological, historical and social contexts of relationships between humans and outdoor environments in Australia. Case studies of impacts on outdoor environments are examined in the context of the changing nature of human relationships with outdoor environments in Australia. Students have the opportunity to participate in snorkelling within the local environment and camp along the foreshore at Bushrangers Bay.
Approximate cost of Bushrangers Bay camp: $95

Unit 4: Sustainable outdoor environments

In this unit students explore the sustainable use and management of outdoor environments. They examine the contemporary state of environments in Australia, consider the importance of healthy outdoor environments, and examine the issues in relation to the capacity of outdoor environments to support the future needs of the Australian population. Students have the opportunity to participate in a 4 day Mt Buller skiing/snowboarding expedition.
Approximate cost of Mt Buller expedition: $710

Career Options

Professional Guides (Bushwalking, Rock Climbing, Rafting, Mountain Biking, Alpine Sports, Surfing), Divers, Environmental Scientists, Ecotourism, National Parks Officers, Outdoor Adventure Officers, Outdoor Education Teachers, Outdoor Environment Administration, Outdoor Environment Management, Rescue Service Officers, Ski Instructors, University Lecturers


VCE Health and Human Development takes a broad, holistic approach to defining and understanding health and wellbeing. This study aims to develop students’ understandings of health status, human development across the lifespan, the biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that influence health, and how health is promoted and improved at a local, national and global level.

Unit 1: Understanding health and wellbeing

In this unit, students are introduced to the key concepts of health, including the factors that influence health and wellbeing, with a focus on the lifespan stage of youth. Students explore how nutrition plays a key role in the health status of individuals and conduct an extended inquiry about a major health and wellbeing issue associated with youth in today’s society.

Unit 2: Managing health and development

In this unit students focus on the developmental transition from youth to adulthood, by exploring physical and social changes and the factors that influence the health status of adults. Students are also introduced to the Australian healthcare system, by researching healthcare services in the community and analysing a range of issues associated with new and emerging healthcare technologies.

Unit 3: Australia’s health in a globalised world

This unit of study develops students’ understanding of Australia’s health by investigating burden of disease and factors that influence the health status of population groups within Australia. Unit 3 also explores the different approaches to public health care and investigates the role of health promotion in improving the population’s health status.

Unit 4: Health and human development in a global context

This unit focuses on health, wellbeing and human development in a global context. Students compare the health status of Australia to low, middle and high income countries, and consider the factors that contribute to these health inequalities. Area of study 2 looks at global action to improve worldwide health, wellbeing and human development, with a focus on sustainability.

Career Options

Aged Care, Medical Receptionist, Child Care Worker, Nursing Aide, Child/Youth, Residential Care, Paramedic, Chiropractor, Personal Care Assistant, Dental Assistant Physiotherapist, Dietician, Podiatrist, Enrolled Nurse, Registered Nurse, General Medical Practitioner, Speech Pathologist, Youth Worker, Health Promotion Officer, Medical Imaging Professional.


VCE Physical Education follows theory based work examining the biological, social and cultural influences on performance and participation in physical activity. Students research biomechanical and skill acquisition principles used to analyse human movement skills and energy production from a physiological perspective. Students investigate interplay of the three energy systems to performance in physical activity, sport and exercise. Students analyse movement skills from a physiological, psychological and sociocultural perspective, and apply relevant training principles and methods to improve performance within physical activity at an individual, club and elite level.

Unit 1: The human body in motion

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

What are the relationships between physical activity, sport, health and society?
What are the contemporary issues associated with physical activity and sport?

Unit 3: Movement skills and energy for physical activity

How are movement skills improved? How does the body produce energy?

Unit 4: Training to improve performance

What are the foundations of an effective training program? How is training implemented effectively to improve fitness?

Career Options

Athlete, Sports Coach, Athlete Manager, Sports Editor, Chiropractor, Sports Commentator, Dietician, Sports Journalist, Fitness Centre Manager, Sports Medicine Practitioner, Fitness Instructor, Sports Psychologist, Nutritionist, Sport Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, Sports Scientist, Physiologist, Sports Trainer