Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Federation University

You love motivating and helping young people learn. You're passionate about good health and exercise. You want a degree that's hands-on and gets you out into schools during every year of your degree. You want a career that can take you anywhere. At FedUni, we'll teach you how to teach and you'll spend about one quarter of your course getting your heart-rate up, learning and practicing the skills you'll soon be teaching. Along with graduating ready to teach health and PE in a secondary school, you'll also specialise in another teaching method from english, history, maths, psychology, science and outdoor education. Then, when you're looking for work, you'll have double the skills to offer. Once you finish your degree, you can register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. You may follow many of our graduates who teach overseas and around Australia in remote communities, regional centres and capital cities. This qualification has a strong orientation towards developing vocationally relevant knowledge and skills, through learning opportunities that blend theoretical knowledge with practice. You will experience ongoing opportunity to put your university studies into numerous and varied 'real life' practice situations, preparing you for a diverse range of teaching contexts now and into the future. Areas of study include: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor development and learning, fundamentals and foundations of health and physical education; health and human development, nutrition, physical activity, creative movement, applied sports science, contemporary curricumlum design, pedagogy and assessment for teaching and learning in health and physical education.

Course Fee:

International: $105,200

Entry Requirements:

Entry requirements (year 12) Admission Criteria for current year 12 students (2019) and recent secondary graduates (2017 and 2018) Prerequisites 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 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Minimum ATAR including selection adjustments The minimum selection rank for this course is equivalent to an ATAR of 70.00. If applicable; this includes adjustment factors related to subject adjustments and SEAS. Guaranteed ATAR This program has a guaranteed ATAR. If you meet the program pre-requisites and any Essential Requirements for Admission; we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR; factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below. Subject Adjustments A study score of 40 in any Biology; Chemistry; or Physical Education equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points. SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances; this may provide support for your course application Entry requirements (non year 12) Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level; including any single subjects of study; or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST). Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher. Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education; or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.


480 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise physiology; biomechanics; motor development and learning; fundamentals and foundations of health and physical education; health and human development; nutrition; physical activity; creative movement; applied sports science; contemporary curricumlum design; pedagogy and assessment for teaching and learning in health and physical education.

Study Pathways:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education can consider the following options: Undertake the first year of the Bachelor of Sport, Physical and Outdoor Education and apply to transfer into the second year of this program. Foundation Access Studies program (FAST) is designed to provide you with an alternate entry into tertiary study. On successful completion of FAST, you may then apply for the Bachelor of Sport, Physical and Outdoor Education, and then follow pathway 1. It is recommended that you also undertake additional work to enhance your application including: working in a sports related field in a paid employment and/or voluntary capacity, or obtaining additional qualifications (coaching certificate, lifesaving course etc.). You may complete a single subject enrolment in a related field. Important to note: These suggestions will not guarantee a place into this program. There are specific entry requirements to meet the expected standards of the external regulation bodies.

Further information:

Essential requirements for selection and application CASPer: All applicants must sit the CASPer assessment. 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. To register for your sitting or for further information about the assessment, visit Don't miss the deadlines for each offer round; check the dates here. Essential requirements for enrolment and graduation Working with children check: Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements. Police record check: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements. Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE): Successful completion required prior to undertaking the final professional experience placement. Learn more about LANTITE online. Further information:


Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT); Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). Upon completion graduates will be eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and may be eligible to apply for professional accreditation throughout Australia and overseas, although requirements for registering organisations in other states, territories or countries may be different from the Victorian requirements. Graduates and students are eligible for professional memberships with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). ACHPER offers members the opportunity to contribute to their profession through participation in face-to-face and online forums, seminars and conferences, and access additional professional learning opportunities and resources.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Mount Helen (Ballarat) 50.4 No Full time 4 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) 50.4 No Part time 8 years
Gippsland (Churchill) 50.4 No Full time 4 years
Gippsland (Churchill) 50.4 No Part time 8 years

Federation University Australia is a modern, progressive university providing high-quality vocational and higher education across a national and international network of campuses.

With a distinguished history dating back to 1870, we are the third-oldest higher education provider in Australia.

Our aim is to make a real difference to the lives of every student as well as the communities we help build and are proud to be part of.

As a dual-sector university, we deliver a wide range of programs through higher education and TAFE, so you can find the right pathway to career success.

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With such a wide range of options available, you’ll have the ability to explore your passions and shape who you are to influence your future.

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