Health and physical education

If you want to have a profound impact on others’ lives, study health and physical education and equip yourself with the specialised teaching methods to work in secondary schools. You’ll explore the human body, as well as the science and art of movement.

Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences: ranked #1 in the world

Work-ready: access 1400 professional experience programs across Australia

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education will help you to hit the ground running in any of the following career paths:

  • government departments
  • high school teaching
  • primary school teaching
  • private academies
  • professional coaching
  • recreation and fitness industries
  • sports management.

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Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

New CASPer assessment

From 2018, students applying to all initial teacher education courses will be required to take the CASPer assessment. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

Get work-ready

It’s proven that teachers perform better in the workforce when they have practical teaching experience during their studies. Our professional experience program gives us access to more than 1,400 schools across Australia, helping us to arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in schools before you graduate.

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Health and physical education at Deakin

Our students and staff give insight into this unique and highly sought after teaching course at Deakin.

Championing women in sport

Deakin's passionate about increasing women's participation in sport and encouraging them in their goals, whether they aspire to be athletes, or work as trainers, managers or researchers. 

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Research with us

If you have a keen mind for ways in which physical education can be taught, perhaps a higher degree by research could be for you. The Faculty of Arts and Education offers research opportunities in the area of health sports and physical education.

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The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education is approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a pre-service teaching qualification.

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