Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Secondary)

School of Health Sciences, Fremantle Campus

The Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Secondary) is a four-year degree with a strong focus on experiential learning. Over the course of this program you will develop specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of physical education and health through the lens of secondary education. You will also have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills through yearly comprehensive teaching practice programs held in various secondary schools.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Health & Physical Education 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 primary education focus.

    The Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Secondary) 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 practicum placements

    • Classroom Immersion – Two weeks
    • School Experience One – Five weeks
    • School Experience Two – 10 weeks
    • Teaching Internship – 10 weeks

    Additional courses for Secondary degree

    • Teaching Methods (Minor Teaching Area)
    • PLUS four electives courses from minor teaching area

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

  • 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

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 80 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD); or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 28

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;

    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:

    • Professional and work experience; OR
    • completion of a non-award qualification in a relevant field OR
    • STAT score of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required. OR
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 80 or above OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees and costs

    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 and also includes a loan fee of 25 per cent for all undergraduate programs of study.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Specialist health and physical education teacher
    • Health education consultant
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Secondary), 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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