Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Course summary for international students

Award granted Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$23,620* AUD
CRICOS course code073714F
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

VTAC Codes1400314283 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514283 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin course code E377
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry


(i) New course version commencing from 2011 at Burwood (Melbourne) and from 2013 at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

(ii) Dance and Drama discipline sequences are offered Burwood (Melbourne) only.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Bachelor of Health and Physical Education prepares you for a career in health and physical education teaching in upper primary and secondary schools. The course provides theory and practice in the study of education, discipline studies, curriculum studies and in the specialised teaching methods of health and physical education. In addition, you will study a second teaching method of your choice from a selected range of discipline studies offered by 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.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

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

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

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 rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, students must complete 32 credit points of units comprising:

  • 26 core units (which include discipline study and curriculum study units for the Physical Education and Health teaching method areas)
  • 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.

For available third teaching method areas see below.

This course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.

Course structure

Year 1 

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

EEH101Health and Physical Education Studies

EEH102The Art and Science of Movement

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area

Year 2

EPP203Professional Experience in Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study A

EEH201Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B

HSE201Exercise Physiology


HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE204Motor Learning and Development

2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area

Year 3 

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

EEH315Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years

HSE314Applied Sports Science 2

EEH405Senior Physical Education: Curriculum Study


HSN201Principles of Nutrition (last offered Trimester 1 2015)


HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health  


HSE311Applied Sports Science 1

2 credit points of curriculum study units in third teaching method area

Year 4 

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

EEH455Approaches to Teaching Health and Physical Education

EXC425Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

HSE301Principles of Exercise Prescription

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

EEH401Professional Issues in Health and Physical Education

EEH404Health: a Family and Community Focus

ESH403Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study


Course map


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)




Dance (Burwood only)




Drama (Burwood only)




Children’s Literature

Literary Studies








Mathematical Modelling



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.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English other than ESL.

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.

All applicants except CY12 must lodge a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health (Secondary) Personal particulars form online at by 30 September.

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

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 are asked to ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school-based experience is organised by the Faculty of Arts and Education Professional Experience Office in consultation with schools. Students are advised that (normally) any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit in the course.  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 are advised 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.). Teacher registration includes the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at:

Students receive 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 Education Studies/ Professional Experience units

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity [Coursework only from 2015]

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

EPP203Professional Experience in Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study A

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

To pass the units listed above pre-service teachers must successfully complete the unit work assignment component, submitting and passing the unit’s associated assessment pieces;

and successfully complete the appropriate professional experience days based in school/s.

The practicum component is assessed primarily by the supervising classroom teacher in consultations with the pre-service teacher. Satisfactory completion of the practicum component within each education studies/professional experience unit is compulsory in order for the student to progress.