Health and physical education


The Victorian Government is offering scholarships to study secondary teaching at university. Study health and physical education and learn the specialised teaching methods you need to work in secondary schools. Explore how the human body works and understand 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.

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 test

Casper is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching. If you're enrolled to start studies in 2025 and the Casper test is an entry requirement of your course, Deakin will cover your $80 test fee.

#1 in Australia for education and educational research*

Deakin is ranked #5 globally and #1 in Australia for education and educational research by U.S. News and World Report, a global authority in education rankings. You can be assured that what you learn at Deakin is relevant to the sector and your career.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education will help you 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.

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.

Travel while you study

If you're studying a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education, you can apply to take one of your placements in a remote Indigenous community, regional town or community, or take your teaching skills abroad. This will develop your skills in intercultural education and give your teaching application a distinct edge.

Research with us

If you have a keen mind for the 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 education research

Championing women in sport

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.

Gain hands-on experience

Gain hands-on experience

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


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

Contact us

Got a question about our health and physical education courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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