Health and Physical Education – Stage 2 Child Studies

Contact Teacher

Susan Hopping


Required Background



SACE Credits/Course Length

20 Credits – full year


Course outline

Stage 2 Child Studies focuses on children’s growth and development from conception to 8 years. Students critically examine attitudes and values about parenting/caregiving and gain an understanding of the growth and development of children. This subject enables students to develop a variety of research, management, and practical skills.

Childhood is a unique, intense period of growth and development. Children’s lives are affected by their relationships with others; their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth; cultural, familial, and socio-economic circumstances; geographic location; and educational opportunities.

There are five areas of study in Stage 2 Child Studies; AOS1 Contemporary and Future Issues, AOS2 Economic and Environmental Influences, AOS3 Political and Legal Influences, AOS4 Sociocultural Influences, AOS5 Technological Influences


Course content

  1. Practical Activity

For a 20-credit subject, students undertake at least four practical activities. Students should undertake at least two action plans and at least two research tasks. An individual evaluation report must be included in at least two practical activities.

At least one practical application must be undertaken individually. The remaining practical activity or activities may be undertaken individually, in pairs, in groups, or as a whole class.

Each practical activity must consist of:

  • an individual action plan or a research task
  • a practical application.
  1. Group Activity

Students undertake two group activities for a 20-credit subject.

Students work in groups to plan, organise, and implement action to meet a teacher-directed challenge that focuses on the health and well-being of children. A group activity must relate to a specific area of study from the subject outline and consist of:

  • group decision-making
  • a group practical application
  • an individual evaluation report.
  1. Investigation: External Assessment

The investigation is presented as a written report of a maximum of 2000 words for a 20-credit subject.

In undertaking the investigation, students:

  • identify a relevant contemporary issue related to the health and well-being of children and state this issue as a research question or hypothesis
  • relate their investigation to an area of study and define the scope
  • analyse information for relevance and appropriateness, and acknowledge sources appropriately
  • evaluate the evidence
  • analyse findings and draw relevant conclusions.



School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Practical Activity (50%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Group Activity (20%)

External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Investigation (30%).