Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Undergraduate degree

Prepare for a career in secondary health and physical education and gain hands-on practical teaching experience. Explore applied sports science, biomechanics, exercise physiology and more.

Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Top 5 for education in Australia*

80+ days of teaching placements before you graduate

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
70.65
Waurn Ponds:
75
Lowest selection rank

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Very late VTAC entry closes 4 December 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to become a qualified secondary school health and physical education teacher with Deakin’s Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. Discover how to create safe, inclusive and engaging learning environments to provide experiences that support lifelong health and physical activity. 

You will explore areas including applied sports science, biomechanics, motor learning and development and discover the science and art of movement education and performance skills through mediums like dance and gymnastics. Gain access to industry-standard resources and state-of-the-art facilities, including our Elite Sports Precinct and specialised teaching labs. This, combined with highly engaging and practical placements through our Professional Experience Program, means you’ll graduate motivated, well-prepared and ready to embrace a meaningful career in education. 

Our growing population requires qualified professionals who can teach and advise on the benefits of health and physical education. Ready to make a difference? 

Deakin works closely with school partners and relevant organisations to deliver you customised learning experiences tailored to this degree, meaning you’ll be learning about the most relevant and pressing health problems facing our population – and the most effective ways to reduce them.

As part of your core studies, learn foundation knowledge surrounding the human body including anatomical and physiological terminology. Through mediums such as gymnastics and dance, you’ll explore the science and art of movement and performance and gain an understanding of how the body reacts to movement and the repercussions this has on various body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems).

Choose a third discipline to pair with your core studies and advance your cross-disciplinary knowledge while gaining a competitive advantage for employment. You can choose disciplines including:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • dance (Burwood only)
  • drama (Burwood only)
  • English
  • history
  • home economics (Burwood only)
  • mathematics.

The Professional Experience Program is a key part of every Deakin teaching student’s course experience. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we’ll arrange at least 80-days of placements for you in schools where you’ll learn from experienced teachers. Students also have access to specialised teaching spaces on campus to prepare for teaching.

Give your studies a different perspective and take part in our Global Education Program. You’ll get to experience remote communities in Australia and abroad, while gaining credit towards your degree. Learn about Aboriginal culture while teaching in remote communities in the Northern Territory, or head to countries including Vietnam and Switzerland and learn about intercultural education.

Before commencing your studies, prospective education students need to successfully complete the CASPer test – an online assessment that measures your academic and non-academic suitability for teaching.

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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)
  • A maximum of 10 credit points at level 1
  • A minimum of 10 credit points at level 3 or above

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, and students must successfully complete the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment.

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.

Students are required to meet academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core Units

Year 1 

  • Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Health and Physical Education Studies
  • The Art and Science of Movement
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Pedagogy and Practice
  • Teacher-Learner Identity
  • Learning-Teaching Communities
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (zero (0) credit points)
  • Functional Human Anatomy
  • 2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area

    Year 2

  • Youth Health and Student Wellbeing
  • Professional Experience in Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study A
  • Understanding Learning, Learners and Classroom Relationships
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • 2 credit points of discipline study units in third teaching method area

    Year 3 

  • Nutrition, Growth and Development for Health Educators
  • Teaching Sexuality and Relationship Education
  • Senior Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education
  • Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B
  • Physical Activity and Exercise for Health
  • Applied Sports Science 1
  • 2 credit points of curriculum study units in third teaching method area

    Year 4 

  • Professional Issues in Health and Physical Education
  • Inclusivity and Diversity in HPE Movement Contexts
  • Health: a Family and Community Focus
  • Approaches to Teaching Health and Physical Education
  • Curriculum Assessment and Policy in Contemporary Schooling
  • Professional Identity and Curriculum Work
  • Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health
  • Australian Indigenous Education: Recognition, Relationships and Reconciliation
  • Curriculum Study Units

    Students must complete 2 credit points of curriculum study units in a third teaching method area from the following:

    Teaching method area

    Curriculum studies units

    Dance (Burwood only)

    ECA731, ECA732, ECA431*,ECA432*

    Drama (Burwood only)

    ECA731, ECA732, ECA431*,ECA432*

    English

    ECL761, ECL762, ECL461*,ECL462*

    History

    EHI701, EHI702, ECS471*,ECS472*

    Home Economics

    (Burwood only)

    EEH406, EEH407  

    Mathematics

    ESM424, ESM425

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Biology

    ESS444, ESS467

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Chemistry

    ESS444, ESS768, ESJ460*

    *Units no longer available for enrolment after 2020.

    Discipline Study Units

    Students must complete 4 credit points of discipline study units in a third teaching method area from the following:

    Teaching method area

    Discipline studies units

    Dance* (Burwood only)

    Complete four credit points from:

    ACD103, ACD104, ACD207, ACD208

    Drama* (Burwood only)

    Complete four credit points from:

    ACP103, ACP109, ACP207, ACP208

    English

    Children’s Literature*

    Or

    Literary Studies*

    Select four credit points from:

    ALL153, ALL154, ALL228, ALL230, ALL326, ALL275, ALL255, ALL256, ALW352, ALL376

    Or

    ALL101, ALL102, ALL202,ALL260, ALL275, ALL255, ALL256, ALW242, ALL381, ALL376

    History*

    Select four credit points from:

    AIH107, AIH108, AIH205, AIH238, AIH240, AST256, AIH264, AIH267, AIH276, AIH288, AIH399, AIH326, AIH389

    Home Economics

    (Burwood only)

    Complete five units from:

    HSN010, (0 credit point unit)HSN105, HSN106, HSN210, HSH206

    Mathematics*

    Complete one credit point from:

    SIT192

    Plus three credit points from:

    SIT194, SIT291, SIT292

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Biology

    Animal Biology*

    Cell Biology*

    Human Biology*

    Plant Biology*

    Complete two units from:

    SLE010, (0 credit point unit) SLE111

    Plus three credit points from:

    SLE132, SLE203, SLE204, SLE205, SLE206, SLE211, SLE221, SLE254

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Chemistry

    Chemistry*

    Complete three units from:

    SLE010, (0 credit point unit) SLE133, SLE155

    Plus two credit points from:

    SLE210, SLE213, SLE214

    *Refer to E377 discipline studies units for available options. A maximum of two credit points at level one may be taken under any listed method.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400314281 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514281 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    E377
    CRICOS code?
    089295M
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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

    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check. Apply online as a volunteer at https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/.

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

    Course duration - additional information

    Delays in completing the placement could mean that the course will take longer to complete than the stated duration.

    International students are required to study full-time to complete their course within the duration registered on CRICOS.

    Mandatory student checks

    Teacher Education Graduation requirements

    Students undertaking an initial teacher education course must pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to graduate and apply for teacher registration. Learn more about the literacy and numeracy test.

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about working with children checks.

    Police record check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about the National Police Record Check.

    Participation requirements

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations, and has a minimum ATAR requirement of 70 including selection adjustments.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    CASPer

    All applicants must sit the CASPer test. CASPer is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. 

    Learn more about how to register for CASPer and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications from here and direct applications from here.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All applicants who wish their motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; any community experience or learning; personal strengths; and personal learning goals to be considered as part of the course application are required to complete the personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who do not meet the mathematics and English prerequisites or have not completed year 12 must sit the STAT Multiple Choice.

    CASPer

    All applicants must sit the CASPer test. CASPer is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. 

    Learn more about how to register for CASPer and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications from here and direct applications from here.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All applicants who wish their motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; any community experience or learning; personal strengths; and personal learning goals to be considered as part of the course application are required to complete the personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who do not meet the mathematics and English prerequisites or have not completed year 12 must sit the STAT Multiple Choice.

    CASPer

    All applicants must sit the CASPer test. CASPer is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. 

    Learn more about how to register for CASPer and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications from here and direct applications from here.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    All applicants who wish their motivation to teach; interpersonal and communication skills; any community experience or learning; personal strengths; and personal learning goals to be considered as part of the course application are required to complete the personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who do not meet the mathematics and English prerequisites or have not completed year 12 must sit the STAT Multiple Choice.

    CASPer

    All applicants must sit the CASPer test. CASPer is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. 

    Learn more about how to register for CASPer and deadlines for sittings for VTAC applications from here and direct applications from here.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 2 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, Chemistry, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development or Physical Education equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions 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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    Students may be eligible to apply for credit for this course.

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of 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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

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    Career outcomes

    Graduate ready to take your career into teaching within the private, independent or public education sectors or advisory roles. You can even work closely with sporting organisations.

    As well as working as an educator, you may find yourself working in fields including:

    • community programs
    • government agencies
    • human resource management
    • private academies/agencies
    • professional coaching
    • sport management.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    Our education courses are accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), meaning you’ll graduate as a qualified educator. Students are eligible to apply for registration with VIT upon successful completion of this degree.

    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

    Apply coherent discipline-specific theoretical knowledge and capabilities in health, physical education and one other teaching area to contemporary curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment for teaching and learning in ways that align with the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

    Communication

    Use a range of communication skills and technologies to plan and teach for learning (including knowledge and skills) 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.

    Problem solving

    Demonstrate the capacity to know students and how they learn (including identifying their prior knowledge, learning strengths and weaknesses) to develop a creative solution to teaching and learning using a range of effective strategies.

    Self-management

    Engage in reflective practice to plan and deliver coherent teaching and learning experiences for students in Health, Physical Education and one other teaching area. Make well-developed responsible judgements in 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 in ways that align with the codes of conduct and ethics of the profession.

    Global citizenship

    Understand multicultural and inclusive pedagogies to sustain ethical approaches to teaching and learning.

    Approved by Faculty Board April 2020

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