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Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

The Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) offers students a four-year full-time specialist professional qualification to teach in the key-learning area of personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) and a second key learning area. The program will teach initial grounding in four HPE strands: health, physical education, sports science, and professional practice. Students also complete a second teaching area of specialisation.

In addition, community engagement and service learning opportunities are embedded in the HPE degree to promote active engagement and motivation of pre-service teachers that deepens their understanding of health, physical education, physical activity, teaching, coaching, and leadership. This program requires students to undertake service learning opportunities across all four years of their degree. The program directly reflects the requirements of the professional engagement domain of the professional teaching standards, whereby pre-service teachers are required to ‘expand their professional learning’. Students will be encouraged by the program to build relationships with, and contribute to educational and community organisations, and therefore develop a deeper connection with these communities than can be achieved by practicum alone.

While the course is dedicated mostly to teaching PDHPE in the secondary-school context, other examples of career opportunities include corporate training and human resource settings, community health, coaching, recreation, and sport.

Degree structure and requirements

Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) degree, students must complete 192 credit points in total, comprising:

  • 108 credit points in core units of study, including
  • 24 credit points of 1000 level core units
  • 24 credit points of 2000 level core units
  • 30 credit points of 3000 level core units
  • 30 credit points of 4000 level core units; and
  • a 48 credit point major in Education Studies; and
  • either a minor (36 credit points) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or a Table A teaching area (24 credit points); and
  • an optional maximum of 12 credit points from Table O; and
  • where appropriate, elective units from Table A.

The enrolment pattern of requirements can be found on the Health and Physical Education unit of study table.

Contacts and further information

UG Health and Physical Education Program Director Dr Steve Georgakis

School website: Sydney School of Education and Social Work
See the website for location and counter opening hours for the Office of Professional Engagement and Program Support.