Prepare for a career in secondary health and physical education with Deakin’s Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. You’ll also have the opportunity to teach in one other specialist area - you can choose a third teaching specialisation from a range of other discipline areas including biology, chemistry, dance, drama, mathematics, English, home economics and history.
Working closely with school partners, we have developed the best learning experiences tailored to health and physical education for our pre-service teachers.
Within this course you’ll cover areas including biomechanics, motor learning and development, exercise physiology, health and human development, nutrition, education and applied sports science.
You’ll study things like basic anatomical and physiological language and terminology, organisation of the human body, basic cell and tissue functioning and get an introduction to various body systems relating to movement (e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, musculo-skeletal and nervous systems). Through the mediums of dance and gymnastics, you’ll also explore the science and art of movement education and performance skills.
In all four years of the course, you’ll undertake professional work placement firstly in primary, then secondary school settings. This gives you the chance to apply your learning in a real-life teaching role in a supported manner.
As a graduate you’ll pursue a range of rewarding career options at secondary schools across Australia and overseas. You can also choose to move into areas such as sports management, recreation and fitness, community and government agencies, professional coaching positions, as well as in private academies and agencies.
This particular course has also been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. The program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Once you graduate you’ll be eligible to apply for membership with the VIT and become a fully accredited secondary school teacher.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, students must complete 32 credit points of units comprising:
- 26 core units
- HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit point compulsory unit; this safety training must be completed before classes commence)
- 4 credit points of discipline study units in a third teaching method area
- 2 credit points of curriculum study units in the third teaching method area
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Students must additionally complete an Emergency First Aid Certificate (Level 2) and AUSTSWIM qualifications prior to graduation.
This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.
Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their course.
Years 1, 2, 3 & 4
2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area
2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area
2 credit points of curriculum study units in third teaching method area
Discipline Study Units
Teaching method area
Discipline studies units
Curriculum studies units
Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Biology
SLE010 (0 credit point unit)
Plus 3 credit points of units from one of:
Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Chemistry
SLE010 (0 credit point unit)
Plus 2 credit points of units from one of:
Chemistry (Geelong only)
Chemistry and Materials Science (Burwood only)
*continuing students only from 2018
1400514281 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/wwccu/onlineapplication.doj
For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with prerequisite Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematic, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any) AND a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year (at least 65 in 2018, and at least 70 in 2019).
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on:
- evidence of academic capability equivalent to an ATAR of 65 (for 2018) and 70 (for 2019) OR
- successful completion of STAT
All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
Graduates of this course will be suitably qualified to find careers in Australian and overseas secondary schools, sports management, recreation and fitness industries, government departments, recruitment and human resource management, professional coaching positions as well as in private academies and agencies.
For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '
This program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the VIT may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements carefully.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Acquire broad and coherent theoretical knowledge in the disciplines of Health, Physical Education and one other teaching area.
Apply the principles of contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment for teaching and learning in Health and Physical Education.
|Use a range of oral and written communication skills and technologies to transmit knowledge and skills to others in the classroom and the broader school community.|
|Employ a range of technologies to collect, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information for the purposes of teaching and learning in a rapidly-changing global environment.|
|Use critical and analytical skills to determine solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in teaching, learning and assessment practices and to adapt these solutions to diverse contexts and learners.|
Use critical and analytical skills to determine solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in teaching, learning and assessment practices and to adapt these solutions to diverse contexts and learners.
Demonstrate the capacity to identify a students’ prior knowledge, learning strengths and weaknesses and develop a range of strategies to effectively manage diverse classroom learning.
Acquire understanding of the importance of reflective practice to plan and deliver coherent teaching and learning experiences for students in Health, Physical Education and one other teaching area.
Act with autonomy and responsibility in making well-developed judgements in individual and collaborative professional practice in Health and Physical Education teaching contexts
|Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues and other professionals and members of the wider community.|
|Develop an understanding of multicultural and inclusive pedagogies to sustain ethical approaches to teaching and learning.|
Approved by Faculty Board June 2014
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.
Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses only.
Need more information on how to apply?
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Register your interest to study at Deakin
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Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.