What is Health & Human Development all about?
Through the study of VCE Health and Human Development, students investigate health and human development in local, Australian, and global communities.
The study of Health and Human Development is based on the premise that health and human development needs to be promoted at an individual level, within group and community settings as well as at national and international levels to maximise global development potential. This underpins the structure of the four units of Health and Human Development. The study also promotes the understanding that nutrition plays a major role in influencing both health status and individual human development.
This study enables students to:
- understand the complex nature of health and wellbeing, and human development
- develop a broad view of health and wellbeing, incorporating physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions, and biological, sociocultural and environmental factors
- examine how health and wellbeing may be influenced across the lifespan by the conditions into which people are born, grow, live, work and age
- develop health literacy to evaluate health information and take appropriate and positive action to support health and wellbeing and manage risks
- develop an understanding of the Australian healthcare system and the political and social values that underpin it
- apply social justice principles to identify health and wellbeing inequities and analyse health and wellbeing interventions
- apply the objectives of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to evaluate the effectiveness of health and wellbeing initiatives and programs
- propose and implement action to positively influence health and wellbeing, and human development, outcomes at individual, local, national and/or global levels.
The study is made up of four units.
Unit 1: Understanding Health and Wellbeing
Unit 2: Managing health and development
Unit 3: Australia’s health in a globalized world
Unit 4: Health and human development in a global context
There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.
Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.
Levels of Achievement
Units 1 and 2
School-based assessment consisting of coursework, assessment tasks and an exam
Units 3 and 4
School assessed coursework and an end-of-year examination.
- Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 25 %
- Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 25%
- End-of-year examination: 50 %