Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Primary)

School of Health Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Primary) is a highly practical degree that equips students with a specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of physical education and health. This program combines both theoretical and practical elements, helping you to develop your teaching skills through a comprehensive teaching practice program each year.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Health & Physical Education degree is a four-year specialist teaching qualification. It aims to provide the essential knowledge, practical skills and leadership qualities for future teachers who want to improve the health, wellbeing and physical literacy of young people in our community.

    Graduates are reflective practitioners with problem-solving skills who enjoy working with children and young people, and who have the ability to influence and teach others how to manage their health through physical activity. This degree is also available with a secondary education focus.

    The Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Primary) degree is an accredited initial teacher education program (AITSL). Graduates are eligible for professional accreditation with the Teacher Registration Board of WA to teach in Western Australian Schools.

  • Program summary

    Three Core Curriculum courses

    • Ethics
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology

    20 required courses - Health Sciences

    • Health Communications
    • Physical Activity and Health
    • Human Structure and Function
    • Physiology of Exercise
    • Applications of Function Anatomy to PE
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Motor Development & Learning
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
    • Sports Events Management for Teachers
    • Adapted and Inclusive Practice in HPE
    • Exercise Biomechanics
    • Health Education One
    • Health Education Two
    • Outdoor Education One
    • Outdoor Education Two
    • Physical Performance Laboratory One
    • Physical Performance Laboratory Two
    • Physical Performance Laboratory Three
    • Physical Performance Laboratory Four
    • Physical Performance Laboratory Five

    Nine required courses – Education

    • Transforming Learning Through ICT
    • Foundational Teaching Skills
    • Introduction to Teaching and the Curriculum Framework
    • Psychological Principles of Classroom Management
    • Advanced Teaching Skills
    • Internship Preparation
    • Professional Responsibilities of the Teacher
    • Educating Indigenous Students
    • Transition to Teaching

    Four Teaching Practicums

    • Classroom Immersion – Two weeks
    • School Experience One – Five weeks
    • School Experience Two – Ten weeks
    • Teaching Internship – Ten weeks

    Additional courses for Primary degree

    • Learning Area Studies: English 2 Reading & Viewing
    • Learning Area Studies: English 3 Writing & Spelling
    • Learning Area Studies: Mathematics 2
    • Teaching Mathematics: Number
    • Learning Area Studies: Primary Science
    • Introduction to Biological Sciences
    • PLUS one elective course

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations & Planner.

  • Program learning outcomes

    At the completion of this course, graduates should be able to:

    1. Interpret research, contemporary issues and current practice within the field of Health and Physical Education to maintain professional knowledge and independent lifelong learning.
    2. Plan, implement and evaluate effective teaching and learning experiences that cater for the full range of student abilities developed from an evidence based curriculum content, curriculum documents, pedagogy and applied to a primary school setting.
    3. Demonstrate the essential skills such as planning, organisation, presentation, team work and problem-solving required for professional practice.
    4. Exemplify professional knowledge, attributes and skills, gained through work integrated learning during practicum experiences, to maintain a supportive and safe environment for students in a primary setting.
    5. Apply interpersonal skills that are ethical and professional to engage in partnerships with colleagues, external professionals, families and communities.
    6. Exemplify continued learning, self-reflection and critical thinking throughout professional life.
    7. Articulate objective and universal truth, appreciate the intrinsic dignity of the human person, and exhibit good intellectual, moral and theological habits.
  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Diploma or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Primary) BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study<5 N/P
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students<5 N/P
    All students37100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer N/A N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer N/A N/A
    Lowest rank to receive an offer N/A N/A


    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Primary), please call our Prospective Student Officers on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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