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.

Get work-ready

Enrich your personal and professional life with a teaching career in health and physical education. You'll develop the skills and knowledge to create safe, inclusive and engaging learning environments that support lifelong health and wellbeing. What's more, the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education is approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as a pre-service teaching qualification.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor 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, masters 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.

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.

Discover the education and teaching course for you

Our education and teaching course finder tool makes it easy for you to find the right course. By answering just a few questions, the tool will provide you with the best options to match your career goals and interests.

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Casper test

Casper is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching. Students applying to all initial teacher education courses are required to take the Casper assessment.

Learn more about Casper

Top of the class

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 1400 schools across Australia, helping us to arrange at least 80 days of placements for you in schools before you graduate.

Learn more about our Professional Experience Program

Travel the world while you study

Students in the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education can get a wider perspective on teaching by participating in our Global Education Program. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in an Indigenous community or take your teaching skills abroad, the program develops your skills in intercultural education and gives your teaching application a distinct edge.

Learn more about our Global Education Program

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.

Learn more about researching with us

Championing women in sport

Deakin is 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.

Learn more about our support of women in sport

Gain hands-on experience

Join Meg and April as they share their journeys to becoming secondary health and physical education teachers at Deakin.

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