Bachelor of Physical Education

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Physical Education

Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code045335E
Deakin course codeE377

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Physical Education prepares you for a career in physical education teaching in secondary schools. The course provides theory and practice in the study of education, discipline studies, curriculum studies and in the specialised teaching method of physical education. In addition, students will study a second teaching method of their choice from a selected range of discipline studies offered by the Faculty of Health, the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment or the Faculty of Arts and Education.

You will participate in a highly rewarding professional experience program spending at least 80 days working in schools, with children and alongside experienced teachers.

Professional recognition

This initial teacher program has been approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching for the purposes of teacher registration in Victoria. Graduate intending to apply for registration in Victoria should carefully check all requirements relating to this process specified here

Contact Hours

For each unit of study students are expected to participate in at least three hours of formal contact each week of trimester.  A minimum of six hours of study time in addition to the formal contact is also expected for each unit each week.

Professional Experience Requirements

A satisfactory level of teaching competence during school experience is required for the award of the degree. Students are required to undertake professional experience placements concurrently with their secondary curriculum studies. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The degree requires students to complete 32 credit points over the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Students are required to complete: 18 credit points of Education (which include studies in education, physical education, curriculum methods, literacy and numeracy and school experience); 14 credit points of discipline studies (which include exercise science, applied sports science and discipline content related to the second teaching method). Second teaching methods may be taken from a range of discipline areas including Biology, Chemistry (Biological), Dance, Drama, Health Education, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE).

Detailed course rules

The Bachelor of Physical Education may be awarded at pass level. To be awarded the Bachelor of Physical Education pass degree a person shall:

1. be accepted for enrolment in a course of study leading to the award of a Bachelor of Physical Education pass degree and continue to be accepted for enrolment until completion of that course of study

2. complete a course of study amounting to 32 credit points provided that the course of study shall

2.1 include units amounting to 25 credit points from those units specified by Faculty Board from time to time as course-grouped units leading to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Physical Education.

2.2 include units amounting to not less than 22 credit points at level 2 or higher, at least 6 credit points of which shall be taken at level 3 or higher, and at least 6 credit points of which shall be taken at level 4 or higher; and

2.3 include a major sequence of 6 units of education studies units amounting to not less than 6 credit points; and

2.4 include a major sequence of physical education studies of not less than 6 credit points; and

2.5 include a major sequence of no more than 8 credit points in a discipline area related to the curriculum method study of physical education; and

2.6 include a minor sequence of at least 4 credit points in a second discipline area which is to be related to the secondary curriculum method studies undertaken as agreed with the Schools of Arts, the Faculty of Health, and the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment; and

2.7 include a professional experience sequence of 7 units.

3.  Prior to graduation, students are required to supply a certified copy of their level 2 First Aid and AustSwim qualifications in order to satisfy VIT specialist Physical Education.

4. The course of study shall be completed within a period of not less than four years and except with the permission of the Faculty Board not more than 10 consecutive years from the date the person first enrolled in the course.

5. The course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should note that four years of tertiary study inclusive of teacher education is required for employment as a teacher in Victoria.

Discipline sequences

Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.

Discipline sequences for second teaching methods have been developed in consultation with the other faculties. Students must meet any prerequisites required by the offering Faculty. Units offered have been selected to most appropriately support the curriculum methodology study units while maintaining flexibility and student choice.

Specialist area Guidelines for teachers can be found on the website of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)

Chemistry (Biological)
Environmental Science
Studies of Society and Environmental Education (Humanities-History)

Course structure

Note: Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.

Level 1
EXE101 Understanding Children and Adolescents - no longer available for enrolment

EEH101Health and Physical Education Studies

HBS109Human Structure and Function

Plus second method discipline study 1 from another Faculty

EXE102Unit description is currently unavailable

EEH102The Art and Science of Movement

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

Plus second method discipline study 2 from another Faculty

Level 2

EEE201Creating Effective Learning Environments

ESH404Middle School Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study

HSE201Exercise Physiology

EEY201Secondary School Experience 2A

Plus second method discipline study 3 from another Faculty

EEE202Curriculum Assessment and Reporting

EEH405Senior Physical Education: Curriculum Study


EEY202Secondary School Experience 2B

Plus second method discipline study 4 from another Faculty

Level 3

EEM301Numeracy Across the Curriculum

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE311Applied Sports Science 1

EEY301Secondary School Experience 3A

Plus education curriculum study method 2A refer list below

Note: EEM301 is offered wholly in Cloud (online) mode.

EEL302Literacy Across the Curriculum

HSE204Motor Learning and Development

HSE314Applied Sports Science 2

EEY302Secondary School Experience 3B

Plus Education curriculum study method 2B refer list below

Level 4

EEE401Professional Relationships

EEH455Approaches to Teaching Health and Physical Education

HSE301Principles of Exercise Prescription

EEY401Secondary School Experience 4A

Plus one exercise science/nutrition science elective

EEE402Transition to Beginning Teaching

EEH456Professional Issues in Physical Education

EEY402Secondary School Experience 4B

EEY403Secondary School Experience 4C

Plus two physical education extension elective units.


(i) All units are 1 credit point unless otherwise noted.
(ii) EEE201, EEE202, EEM301, EEL302, EEE401, EEE402, EEH456 are 0.75 credit point units.
(iii) EEY201, EEY202, EEY301, EEY302, EEY401, EEY402, EEY403 are 0.25 credit point units.
(iv) EEM301 is a wholly Cloud (online) unit.

Curriculum study method units


ESS444Science: Curriculum Study

ESS467Senior Biology: Curriculum Study


ESS444Science: Curriculum Study

ESJ460Studies in Curriculum (Senior Chemistry Or TESOL B)

Note: ESJ460 students to select Senior Chemistry: Curriculum Study specialism.


(ECA431/ECA432 students to select Dance specialism)

ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2


(ECA431/ECA432 students to select Drama specialism)

ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2

Environmental Science

ESS441Environmental Science and Society: Curriculum Study

ESS442Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study


ESH402Health Education: Curriculum Study *

ESH403Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study *

* ESH402, ESH403 Cloud (online) mode offered in alternate years 2016, 2018.


ESM424Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM425Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study

Humanities (formerly SOSE)

ECS471History and Humanities: Curriculum Study A

ECS472History and Humanities: Curriculum Study B

Physical Education extension elective units

ECA433Arts Education Discipline Study 3

ECA434Arts Education Discipline Study 4

ESH418, ESH457 final year of offer 2013.

Note:  ECA433, ECA434 students to select Dance specialism.

Exercise Science/Nutrition Science electives

HSE303Exercise Metabolism

HSE305Issues in Sport Coaching

HSE307Unit description is currently unavailable

HSE309Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

HSE313Understanding Children's Physical Activity

HSN201Principles of Nutrition

Details of discipline sequences


SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE132Biology: Form and Function


Choose one unit from the following:
SLE203Plant Biology

SLE204Animal Diversity

Biological Chemistry

SLE131Unit description is currently unavailable *

SLE152Unit description is currently unavailable


SLE222Biochemical Metabolism

SBC231Unit description is currently unavailable

SBC232Unit description is currently unavailable

SLE311Chemical Hazards


* SLE131 - First year Chemistry units have changed from 2013.  Students to please contact Student Services for unit advice.


ACD101Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice A

ACD102Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practice B

ACD203Contemporary Dance Practice and History A

ACD204Contemporary Dance Practice and History B

Note: ACD203, ACD204 prerequisites apply.


ACP109Improvisation: Principles in Action

ACP177Genre and Performance

ACP280Major Performance Project: Page to Stage (2 credit points)

Environmental Science

SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE102Physical Geography

SLE215Nature Interpretation and Tourism



HBS107Understanding Health

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSH201Planning and Evaluation 1

And one of:

HSH208Health Communication

HSH206Human Development and Healthy Families


SIT192Discrete Mathematics

SIT194Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

SIT291Mathematical Methods for Information Modelling


Students may select from:


SIT292Linear Algebra for Data Analysis

Studies of Society and Environmental Education (Humanities-History)

Select 2 units from the following:

AIA105Visions of Australia: Time and Space From 1700 to 2010

AIA106Populate Or Perish: Australia's People

AIH107World History Between the Wars 1919 - 1939

AIH108The World After the War: 1945 - 1991

Select a further 2 units from the following:

AIH205Sex and Gender in History

AIH238Australia and the Two World Wars

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice:

School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”.  Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school.  The WWCC must remain current throughout the course.  It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained.  The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers.  The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice.  Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree.  Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

Professional Experience requirements

Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the Professional Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances. Students are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience; failure to enrol/re-enrol jeopardises a student’s school experience placement.

Students should note that it is a requirement of the course that school experience is undertaken in conjunction with their curriculum studies and Education Major studies and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the School Experience Office. Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit as recognised prior learning in supervised school experience for this course. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.

A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.

Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.).  Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location.  These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at:

Professional Experience enrolment

Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

Students should obtain a copy of the Professional Experience Handbook each year from the Professional Experience Office (also available at ). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.

Schedule of School Experience units

Bachelor of Physical Education

EEY201 Secondary School Experience 2A - 10 days

EEY202 Secondary School Experience 2B - 10 days

EEY301 Secondary School Experience 3A - 10 days

EEY302 Secondary School Experience 3B - 10 days

EEY401 Secondary School Experience 4A - 10 days

EEY402 Secondary School Experience 4B - 15 day block

EEY403 Secondary School Experience 4C - 15 day block