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Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Undergraduate degree

Prepare for a career in secondary health and physical education with practical teaching experience. Explore biomechanics, exercise physiology and more.

Domestic International

International student information

#1 in Australia for education and educational research*

#5 in the world for education and educational research*

Accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching

Key facts

Duration

4 years full-time

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.

Locations

  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Create safe, inclusive and engaging learning environments that make a difference to health and wellbeing when you study Deakin’s Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. As a qualified health and physical education secondary school teacher, you will specialise in a topic you’re passionate about and develop the critical skills, specialised knowledge and practical classroom experience to nurture your students. Explore the art of movement, learn specialist teaching methods and delve into applied sports science, biomechanics, and motor learning and development at Australia’s #1 university for education and educational research.*

You will have access to industry-standard equipment and state-of-the-art facilities, including our Elite Sports Precinct and specialised teaching labs. This, combined with at least 80-days of practical placements in schools, means you will graduate in-demand, with the confidence and leadership skills to create a meaningful career. 

Do you want to make a difference to the lives and health of young people by becoming a qualified health and physical education teacher?

Our industry-shaped courses and close relationships with the education sector mean you experience customised learning tailored to your discipline and one-on-one mentorship from industry leading educators. You will learn about the biggest health issues facing our population, enabling you to empower students to improve their health and wellbeing outcomes, now and into the future.

Our Professional Experience Program will give you real-life teaching experience with guaranteed placements throughout your degree. Working with more than 1400 schools across Australia, we will arrange at least 80-days of placements for you in schools where you will learn from experienced teachers. With access to our specialised teaching spaces on campus, you will feel prepared to thrive in your teaching career. You will even have the opportunity to broaden your scope as a teacher with an international placement experience available in Singapore for Bachelor of Health and Physical Education students. 

As part of your core studies, you will gain practical experience using a variety of engaging teaching approaches in health, physical education and your chosen third discipline. You will build fundamental knowledge about the human body, including anatomical and physiological terminology, and understand how the science and art of movement and performance. Through mediums such as sport, gymnastics and dance, you will learn how the body reacts to movement and its impacts on various body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems). 

To complement your core studies, you will choose a third discipline that will advance your cross-disciplinary knowledge and give you a competitive-edge for employment. You can choose from a range of disciplines that interest you, including:

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

Deakin’s Bachelor of Health and Physical Education is approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a pre-service teaching qualification, meaning you will graduate with a well-recognised qualification and the sought-after skills to thrive as an educator.

Before beginning your studies, prospective teaching students need to successfully complete the Casper test – an online, video scenario-based test that lets you demonstrate your suitability for a teaching career.

This course sits as part of a larger group of courses. For more information refer to the Education - Secondary group.

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400314283 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514283 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
E377
CRICOS code?
089295M Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

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 Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (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 (DTPA)*. This must be complete in the final year of study. Successful completion of this course indicates that a student has met the expected standard of performance for each of the Graduate Teacher Standards.

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.

* Students who do not pass the DTPA must seek advice from the course director.

26

Core credit points

4

Discipline study credit points

4

Curriculum study credit points

34

Total credit points

Core Units

Year 1

  • Australian Literacy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test (zero (0) credit points)
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (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
  • 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
  • Senior Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education
  • Teaching Sexuality and Relationship Education
  • Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study B
  • Understanding Health *
  • Applied Sports Science 1
  • 2 credit points of curriculum study units in third teaching method area

    * HBS107 replaces HSE111

    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
  • 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:

    ACD101, ACD104, ACD207, ACV210

    *ACV210 replaces ACD208

    Theatre*
    (Burwood only)

    Complete four credit points from:

    ACP103, ACP109, ACP207, ACP211

    English

    English - Children’s Literature*

    Or

    English - Literature*

    Select four credit points from:

    ALL153, ALL154, ALL228, ALL230, ALL326, ALL255, ALL256, ALL375, ALW352, ALL376

    Or

    ALL101, ALL102, ALL202, ALL260, ALL255, ALL256, ALW242, ALL381, ALL375, ALL376

    History

    Select four credit points from:

    AIH107, AIH108, AIH238, AIH240, AST250, AST256, AIH264, AIH276, AIH288, AIH305, AIH350, AIH383

    Home Economics
    (Available to Burwood students 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*

    Human Biology*

    Plant Biology*

    Complete two units from:

    SLE010, (0 credit point unit) SLE111

    Plus three credit points from:

    SLE132, SLE203, SLE204, SLE205, 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.

    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*

    Theatre (Burwood only)

    ECA731, ECA732, ECA431*, ECA432*

    English

    ECL761, ECL762, ECL461*, ECL462*

    History

    EHI701, EHI702, ECS471*, ECS472*

    Home Economics
    (Burwood only)

    EEH706, EEH707, EEH406*, EEH407*

    Mathematics

    ESM724, ESM725, ESM424*, ESM425*

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Biology

    ESS744, ESS767, ESS444*, ESS467*

    Science (Senior Secondary) in specialist science area Chemistry

    ESS744, ESS768, ESJ460*, ESS444*

    *Units no longer available for enrolment.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    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

    Course duration

    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

    Students 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.

    Interstate applicants must check the requirements and meet all conditions for undertaking professional experience in schools for their state or territory before undertaking professional experience placements as part of this course.

    Inherent requirements

    It is expected that all students will be able to abide by, and ensure their behaviour is in accordance with the Victorian Institute of Teaching Code of Conduct.

    Immunisations

    Immunisation and/or vaccination requirements will be communicated by the Professional Experience Office in line with the Department of Education and Training's directions at the time of placement.

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

    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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 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: one of Maths: Further Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics*
    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

    * From 2025 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: Maths (any)

    ATAR

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

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    You are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice if you have not completed year 12 or studied in the last five years, or have not met the mathematics prerequisites

    Please note that completion of Diploma level studies does not meet the mathematics prerequisite.

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University.

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • partial or full completion of a VIT-approved Pathway Program with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% over a minimum of one year of study

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    You are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice if you have not completed year 12 or studied in the last five years, or have not met the mathematics prerequisites

    Please note that completion of Diploma level studies does not meet the mathematics prerequisite.

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    * You will need to meet all of the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple Choice

    You are required to complete the STAT Multiple Choice if you have not completed year 12 or studied in the last five years, or have not met the mathematics prerequisites

    Please note that completion of Diploma level studies does not meet the mathematics prerequisite.

    Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test results for entry into Deakin University.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score greater than 35 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or greater than 25 in any other English
    • IELTS 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Non-academic requirements

    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 and direct applications.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Online studies

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

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Recognition of prior learning

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

    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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

    Apply now

    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    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 in advisory roles.

    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 will 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

    * U.S. News & World Report, Best Global Universities Subject Rankings 2022–2023