Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$7,041* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

VTAC Codes1400314281 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514281 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
CRICOS course code073714F
Deakin course code E377


(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.

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

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s 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.

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 units (which include studies in education, physical and health education, curriculum methods, literacy and numeracy and professional experience); 14 credit points of discipline studies (which include exercise science, applied sports science and discipline content related to the additional teaching method). Additional teaching methods may be taken from a range of discipline areas including Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Drama, English, Mathematics and History.

The School of Education teaches 18 of the 32 credit points in this award; 10 credit points of exercise science discipline are taught by the Faculty of Health and 4 units (providing discipline content for the additional teaching method) are taught by the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, along with other Schools in the Faculty of Arts and Education.

Additional Graduation requirements: Prior to graduation, students MUST have completed an Emergency First Aid Certificate (Level 2) and AUSTSWIM qualifications in order to satisfy VIT Specialist Area Physical Education requirements.

In order to satisfy the Victorian Institute of Teaching requirements for graduates to have good literacy and numeracy skills all students must successfully pass EXC425 Literacy and Numeracy in the Curriculum.

Discipline sequences

Refer to the details of each discipline for availability.

Discipline sequences for additional teaching methods were developed in consultation with the relevant faculties and discipline coordinators. 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. Sequences have been designed to meet the Victorian Institute of Teaching ‘Specialist Area Guidelines’ for secondary teachers.

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

Dance (Burwood (Melbourne) students only)
Drama (Burwood students only)

English - Literature

English - Children's literature


Course structure

Level 1 

HSE010Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety *

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

EEH101Health and Physical Education Studies

HBS109Human Structure and Function

Plus Second Method Discipline Study 1

* All seven HSE coded units in this course have a HSE010 prerequisite zero credit point hurdle task unit that is a laboratory preparation unit.

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

EEH102The Art and Science of Movement

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

Plus Second Method Discipline Study 2

Level 2

EPP203Professional Experience in Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study A

HSE201Exercise Physiology

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

Plus Second Method Discipline Study 3

EEH201Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B


HSE204Motor Learning and Development

Plus Second Method Discipline Study 4

Level 3(Commenced 2013 for Burwood (Melbourne) students.  Commencing 2015 for Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students.)

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Plus Curriculum Study 2A for 2nd teaching method

HSE311Applied Sports Science 1

And one of:

HSN201Principles of Nutrition (last offered Trimester 1 2015)


HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health (also offered Trimester 3)


EEH315Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years

HSE314Applied Sports Science 2

EEH405Senior Physical Education: Curriculum Study

Plus Curriculum Study 2B for 2nd teaching method

Level 4(Commencing 2014 for Burwood (Melbourne) students.  Commencing 2016 for Waurn Ponds (Geelong) students.)

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


(i) All seven HSE coded units in this course have a HSE010 prerequisite zero credit point hurdle task unit that is a laboratory preparation unit.

(ii) EEH404 commenced in 2014 and is a core unit at Level 4.

Curriculum study method units


ESS444Science: Curriculum Study

ESS467Senior Biology: Curriculum Study


ESS444Science: Curriculum Study

ESJ460Studies in Curriculum (TESOL or Senior Chemistry)

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

Dance OR Drama

ECA431Arts Education Discipline Study 1

ECA432Arts Education Discipline Study 2

English - Literature OR English - Children's Literature

ECL461English Education A

ECL462English Education B


ESM424Mathematics: Curriculum Study

ESM425Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study


ECS471History and Humanities: Curriculum Study A

ECS472History and Humanities: Curriculum Study B

Detailed course rules

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

1. be accepted for enrolment in a course of study leading to the award of a Bachelor Health and 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 Health and 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 professional education units amounting to not less than 6 credit points which include professional experience; and

2.4 include a major sequence of health and 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 health and physical education; and

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

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

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

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.

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 (EAL) or 25 in any other English other than EAL.

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; Health; or Science, Engineering and Built Technology. Refer to the relevant Course Structures and the VTAC Guide.

All applicants must apply through VTAC  (link:  NonYr12 applicants must complete the VTAC Personal Statement.  To be considered for early round, NonY12 applicants must apply by the final date for timely applications (see VTAC Key dates:  All applicants must meet any prerequisites or extra requirements specified for their choice of discipline studies for their second teaching method.

Test: NonYr12 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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

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

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.