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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education

Develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to become secondary school health and physical education teacher who makes a difference to every student. You’ll learn how to create safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments to provide learning experiences that support lifelong health and physical activity with a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. 

Our growing population requires qualified professionals who can teach and advise on the benefits of health and physical education. Do you want to make a difference?  

From day one, you’ll be immersed in the world of secondary school health and physical education teaching, learning how you can instill change in younger generations.

Deakin works closely with school partners and relevant organizations to deliver you customized learning experiences tailored to this degree, meaning you’ll be learning about the most relevant and pressing health problems facing our population – and the most effective ways to reduce them.

As part of your core studies, learn foundation knowledge surrounding the human body including anatomical and physiological terminology. Through mediums such as gymnastics and dance, you’ll explore the science and art of movement and performance and gain an understanding of how the body reacts to movement and the repercussions this has on various body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems).

Choose a third discipline to pair with your core studies and advance your cross-disciplinary knowledge. You’ll be able to choose disciplines including:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • dance (Burwood only)
  • drama (Burwood only)
  • English
  • history
  • home economics (Burwood only)
  • mathematics.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Graduate ready to take your career into teaching within the private, independent, or public education sectors or advisory roles. You can even work closely with sporting organizations.

As well as working as an educator, you may find yourself working in fields including:

  • community programs
  • government agencies
  • human resource management
  • private academies/agencies
  • professional coaching
  • sports management.

PSW Opportunity

  • Melbourne Campus - 2 years of Post Study Work Permit
  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on:

  • Minimum ATAR of 70 in 2019
  • VCE Units 1 and 2 of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics, or Units 3 and 4 of Mathematics (any)
  • a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on:

  • evidence of academic capability equivalent to an ATAR of 70 OR
  • successful completion of STAT

All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer test. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgment test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.