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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2.

This four-year specialist degree will give you a professional qualification to teach in secondary schools in the area of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), along with a second teaching area of specialisation.

Our Health and Physical Education program, established in 1939, is considered one of the best in Australia. If you have a passion for health, sport and the science of movement, and working with young people, this is the perfect course for you.

In all four years, you will have professional experience placements in secondary schools, totalling 80 days. This begins in your first year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement, when you will be competent to teach under minimal supervision.

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

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How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website. Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

This course combines a background of general education with intensive professional preparation in PDHPE (personal development, health, physical education) and a second teaching area. The course is undertaken full time over four years (or part-time equivalent) and full-time students enrol in 48 credit points per year.

You will undertake units in broad educational studies, professional studies of health and physical education, and units related to your second area of teaching specialisation in Arts, Business or Science.

In addition, you will complete a number of Professional Experience placements in secondary schools:

  • Year 1: 10-day placement
  • Year 2: 15-day placement
  • Year 3: 20-day placement
  • Year 4: 35-day placement

Below are the acceptable second teaching areas for students undertaking the new health and physical education (HPE) undergraduate degree. Please see a Program Support staff member in Education 307 for detailed advice.

Second Teaching Areas

  • Aboriginal Studies (2nd or 3rd Teaching Area)
  • Ancient History
  • Arabic
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Economics (Political Economy units)
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hebrew (Classical or Modern)
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Greek
  • Modern History
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • TESOL (2nd or 3rd Teaching Area)


Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 560 hours (80 days).

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.


It is important you are aware that all people working at school or in early education and care facilities, including students on placement, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19:  see the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021. An exemption from vaccination is available only if you are unable to be vaccinated in the rare situation of a medical contraindication and you can provide the required evidence.

While the Order is a temporary measure under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), the government may make further similar orders, and educational facilities that provide placements to students may also introduce their own vaccination requirements. It is therefore possible that vaccination against COVID-19 will be a continuing requirement to meet the requirements of your degree and practice in your profession. 

If you choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be able to undertake placement(s) at facilities covered by the Order or facilities with their own vaccination requirements.  This may result in you being unable to complete your degree.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including professional experience units, before proceeding to the next year.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.


Prerequisites for NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

Band 5 in three HSC subjects (or equivalent) one of which must be English (English Standard or English Advanced or ESL/EALD).

Similar requirements will be applied to the IB and other Australian Year 12 qualifications. For other secondary qualifications applicants will need to achieve the minimum scores provided as a guide as well as achieve good results in English (not ESL). Applicants who must meet English proficiency requirements through an English proficiency test such as IELTS must meet those requirements separately. Applicants must also meet any additional requirements as set by regulatory bodies or accrediting agencies.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary); BEd/BAS (Secondary); and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

All BEd students are expected to sit and pass the test within the first two years of candidature

Register to take the LANTITE.

Inherent requirements for education programs 
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).


Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) includes significant professional experience placements in schools. The placements begin in the first year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

In all four years of the course you will be given practical opportunities to work in educational, sport and health communities.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) program is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • PDHPE teacher
  • Development manager
  • Curriculum consultant
  • Educational administrator
  • Sporting coach
  • Community health consultant
  • Government policy adviser
  • Recreation centre manager

Domestic students

International students

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