Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

With Deakin’s Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, prepare for a career as an educator with the option to specialise in another specialist area.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Duration

4 years full time

Campuses

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Course information

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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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
  • 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

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 and Relationship Education 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)

    SLE111

    Plus 3 credit points of units from one of:

    Animal Biology

    Cell Biology

    Human Biology

    Plant Biology

    Natural History

    ESS444

    ESS467

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Chemistry

    SLE010 (0 credit point unit)

    SLE155

    Plus 3 credit points of units from one of:

    Chemistry (Geelong only)

    Chemistry and Materials Science (Burwood only)

    ESS444

    ESJ460

    Dance 

    (Burwood only)

    *continuing students only from 2018

    Dance 

    ECA431

    ECA432

    Drama

    (Burwood only)

    Drama

    ECA431

    ECA432

    English

    Children’s Literature

    Literary Studies

    ECL461

    ECL462

    History

    History

    ECS471

    ECS472

    Mathematics

    Mathematical Modelling

    ESM424

    ESM425

    Home Economics

    HSN010

    HSN103

    HSN106

    HSN210

    HSH206

    EEH406

    EEH407

    (Burwood only) 

    [Commencing 2018]

     

     

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    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400314283 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
    1400514283 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    E377
    CRICOS code
    089295M
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent.  Prerequisites:  Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of general mathematics or mathematical methods or units 3 and 4: any Mathematics. Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 35 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English other than ESL.

    All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes.

    Provision is made for the intake of mature-age or special-entry applicants. Prerequisite studies and/or special requirements apply for entry into the second teaching method of choice offered by the Faculties of Arts and Education; Medicine, Nursing, Health and Behavioural Sciences; or Science, Engineering and Built Environment. Refer to the relevant Course Structures and the VTAC Guide.

    Late applicants or change of preference by 10 December. To be considered for Early Round NONY12 applicants must apply by 30 September. All applicants must meet any prerequisites or extra requirements specified for their choice of discipline studies for their second teaching method. 
    Test: Applicants who do not meet the mathematics and English VCE prerequisites, or have not completed Year 12 or have not undertaken study within the last 5 years must complete the STAT Multiple Choice.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
    If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.

    For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.

    Helpful information

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

    Scholarship 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

    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.

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

    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

    Teamwork

    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

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Entry 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.

    Tap the infographic to explore your options

    Disclaimers:
    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

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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