Year 13 Health Studies (13HES)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Simpson


Students should obtain a minimum of 14 credits from 12HES which should include external Achievement Standards and must have made a genuine attempt at all internal achievement standards in the 12HES course. Approval for entry must be obtained from the HOD Health & Physical Education.

For students who have not studied the subject before approval as above must be obtained from the HOD Health & Physical Education and will be based on the student’s academic ability in Year 12.

The aim of this course is to provide students with UE accreditation and a greater understanding of the four interrelated concepts, which underpin the Health and Physical Education curriculum. It builds upon work covered in the Level 2 course units, and requires students to think in highly critical ways about their environment and influences on a societal level. This course is ideally suited to students who have an interest in personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of the wider community, leading to employment in social work, nursing, education, as well as the medical field. The course offers 19 credits via a range of assessment standards which are a mix of both internally and externally assessed standards

These concepts are:

  • Well-being of self, others and society

  • Health Promotion

  • Socio-ecological perspective

  • Attitudes and values

Not only do students gain a growing understanding of these concepts but they apply these concepts to a series of health- related issues.

The areas of study include:

  • Health issues within New Zealand

  • Health practices within New Zealand

  • Ethical issues and dilemmas based around recognised health issues

  • International health issues

  • Global health promotion

Courses which lead on from Health Studies at school include University of Auckland papers in sociology, psychology, health sciences, social work, education, community and population health, and health promotion. The University of Otago also offer comprehensive health papers through their Health Science degree. AUT now has a degree in Health Promotion.

Learning Areas:

Health, Physical Education and Outdoor Education

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$50 to cover the cost of a Workbook and visiting speakers.