Bachelor of Health and Physical Education



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.

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Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 77.09
Waurn Ponds: 65.59


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Trimester 1

  • 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).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$7,214 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400314281 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514281 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code






Entry requirements

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

For year 12/VCE entry:

Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (CAS), or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any); and a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

For non-year 12 entry:

Refer VTAC entry

Professional Recognition

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.

Career outcomes

Graduates of this course will be suitably qualified to find careers in Australian and overseas primary and 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 'My Course My Career'

Course learning outcomes

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. 

Digital literacy

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. 

Critical thinking

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. 

Problem solving

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. 

Global citizenship

Develop an understanding of multicultural and inclusive pedagogies to sustain ethical approaches to teaching and learning.

Approved by Faculty Board June 2014

Course Structure

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

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

Year 1 

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Health and Physical Education Studies EEH101
  • The Art and Science of Movement EEH102
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Pedagogy and Practice EEH103
  • Teacher-Learner Identity EPP101
  • Learning-Teaching Communities EPP102
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety HSE010 (0 credit points)
  • Functional Human Anatomy HSE102
  • 2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area

    Year 2

  • Youth Health and Student Wellbeing EEH202
  • Professional Experience in Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study A EPP203
  • Understanding Learning, Learners and Classroom Relationships EPP204
  • Exercise Physiology HSE201
  • Biomechanics HSE202
  • Motor Learning and Development HSE204
  • 2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area

    Year 3 

  • Nutrition, Growth and Development for Health Educators EEH301
  • Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years EEH315
  • Senior Physical Education: Curriculum Study EEH405
  • Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B EPP303
  • Exercise Behaviour HSE203
  • Applied Sports Science 1 HSE311
  • 2 credit points of curriculum study units in third teaching method area

    Year 4 

  • Professional Issues in Health and Physical Education EEH401
  • Inclusivity and Diversity in HPE Movement Contexts EEH403
  • Health: a Family and Community Focus EEH404
  • Approaches to Teaching Health and Physical Education EEH455
  • Curriculum Assessment and Policy in Contemporary Schooling EPP401
  • Professional Identity and Curriculum Work EPP405
  • Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study ESH403
  • Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health HSE301
  • 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:

    Animal Biology

    Cell Biology

    Human Biology

    Plant Biology

    Natural History



    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Chemistry

    SLE010 (0 credit point unit)


    Plus 3 credit points of units from one of:

    Chemistry (Geelong only)

    Chemistry and Materials Science (Burwood only)




    (Burwood only)





    (Burwood only)





    Children’s Literature

    Literary Studies








    Mathematical Modelling



    Home Economics

    Discipline studies units

  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety HSN010
  • Food: the Environment and Consumers HSN103
  • Food Fundamentals HSN106
  • Human Development and Healthy Families HSH206
  • Nutrition and Food Promotion HSN210
  • Curriculum studies units

    (Burwood only)

  • Home Economics: Curriculum Study A EEH406 (Commencing 2018)
  • Home Economics: Curriculum Study B EEH407 (Commencing 2018)
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    How to apply

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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    Faculty contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100

    Fee information

    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.

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    Additional course information

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