Health Science (PDHPE)

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

Available Diplomas

Standard Program (three terms)

UAC Code
729540 (Nirimba)
UWS Course Code

Note: Application process may vary for some intakes. For further information, visit the How to Apply section of the website.


The UWSCollege Diploma in Health Science (PDHPE) aims to produce students who are fully prepared for study in the Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). The diploma provides students with the first year units included in the Bachelor of Health Science (PDHPE), covering introductory science and communication and health aspects of the bachelor course.

The PDHPE course brings together a comprehensive foundation of health sciences, understanding of physical activity and personal development, and skills in interacting with people.

You will study the following units in your Standard Program:
  • Academic English*
  • Approaches to Health Promotion
  • Communication in Health
  • Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • Fundamentals of Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • Population Health and Society
  • Professional Health Competencies
  • Psychology and Health
  • Science for Health Science*
  • Tertiary Study Skills*.

*No advanced standing at university will be granted for these units.

For more information regarding unit and course descriptions, refer to the UWS Handbook.

For information on intake dates for this course, refer to the Academic Intake Dates section of the website.

Minimum entry requirements are successful* completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent or UWSCollege University Foundation Studies or equivalent.

Students are also assumed to have completed study in Mathematics at senior high school level.

For students who have completed their HSC, the ATAR entry requirement for this course is an ATAR of 50 or more (indicative).

For students who have completed UWSCollege University Foundations Studies, the entry requirements are:

  • a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher
  • a "C" grade at University Foundation Studies English.

Note: Entry scores are indicative only. Other factors may be taken into consideration.

* Successful completion means gaining a 50% pass in all required units.

You can complete the diploma in one year of full-time study (three terms).
Each unit is assessed through a combination of continual assessment and mid-term and final examinations. Details for each unit are contained in the individual Unit Outlines.

Successful completion of the Diploma in Health Science (PDHPE) provides advanced standing of 80 credit points (equivalent to a year of study) in the Bachelor of Health Science (PDHPE) at UWS.

To successfully complete your diploma, you will need at least a 50% pass in all required units.

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