Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Course summary for local students


2016 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 2016$7,311 - 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

CRICOS course code089295M
VTAC Codes1400314281 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514281 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code E377

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's health and physical education course prepares you for a career in secondary health and physical education, with an additional teaching method taken from a range of discipline areas, including biology, chemistry, dance, drama, mathematics and history. 

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.

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.

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 
  • 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.

Course structure

Year 1 

EEH101Health and Physical Education Studies

EEH102The Art and Science of Movement

EEH103Foundations of Sport and Exercise Pedagogy and Practice

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

HSE010Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

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

Year 2

EEH202Youth Health and Student Wellbeing

EPP203Professional Experience in Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study A

EPP204Understanding Learning, Learners and Classroom Relationships

HSE201Exercise Physiology


HSE204Motor Learning and Development

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

Year 3 

EEH301Nutrition, Growth and Development for Health Educators

EEH315Teaching Sexuality Education in the Middle Years

EEH405Senior Physical Education: Curriculum Study

EPP303Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

HSE311Applied Sports Science 1

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

Year 4 

EEH401Professional Issues in Health and Physical Education

EEH403Inclusivity and Diversity in Hpe Movement Contexts

EEH404Health: a Family and Community Focus

EEH455Approaches to Teaching Health and Physical Education

EPP401Curriculum Assessment and Policy in Contemporary Schooling

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

ESH403Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

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)




(Burwood only)





(Burwood only)





Children’s Literature

Literary Studies








Mathematical Modelling



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

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 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

For non-year 12 entry:

Educational history including GPA is required in an application through VTAC.  Consideration of additional qualifications and other relevant experience is given, as well as strength of personal statement.

Entry through MIBT Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation course is guaranteed where a weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 or above is achieved.

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 Placement

Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at

For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.