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Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

University of Tasmania
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
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About this program

Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

The Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) is a pre-service teaching degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to teach health and physical education from foundation through to year 12. This course is accredited through the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board, and is recognised in all states and territories, so once you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach anywhere in Australia.

The course has been designed to develop teachers who can inspire people to be healthy for life, with a primary focus on the dimensions of health and wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional, social, environmental and spiritual.

Responding to feedback from recent graduates, teachers and school leaders, we also offer several maths units so that graduates will be better prepared if they are asked to take maths classes by future employing schools

You will be required to undertake a number of Professional Experience placements totalling 80 days. This will give you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical skills that you have learnt in a safe and supportive environment.

The Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) is available on-campus in Launceston.

Course objectives

The program is informed by core theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practice and underpinned by a strong theory-practice nexus enacted in collaboration with appropriate employing authorities. At the core of the program is the pre-service teacher who is educated to:

  • Have ownership of a reasoned and critical perspective
  • Have capacity to operate inclusively in highly diverse contexts
  • Have curricular and pedagogical competence
  • Be appropriately collaborative and context-honouring in a community of learners
  • Have capacity to be resilient learners who make evidence-based lifelong contributions to their field

The course content and practical experience provides theoretical and practical opportunities to practice what is learned in a safe and supportive environment.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Literacies
  • Foundations of Literacy
  • Health & Physical Activity
  • Contemporary Health Issues of Young People 1
  • Fundamentals of Bioscience
  • Foundations of Teaching
  • Growth and Motor Development Across the Lifespan
  • Applied HPE Pedagogy 1

Year 2

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Planning for Positive Behaviour
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Applied HPE Pedagogy 2
  • Motor Learning
  • HPE Pedagogy
  • Sports Coaching
  • Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning

Year 3

  • Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge 1
  • Inclusivity & Physical Activity
  • Movement Skills
  • The Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity
  • Primary and Early Childhood Mathematics Pedagogy
  • Education, Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Organisation in Community Sport and Recreation
  • Contemporary Health Issues of Young People 2

Year 4

  • Equity, Diversity and Schooling
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Advanced HPE Pedagogy
  • Preparing for the Profession
  • Inclusive Mathematics
  • Health Promotion and Behaviour Change: Perspectives and Practice
  • Cultural Awareness: The Non-indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interface

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning Outcomes

Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge by:

  • Knowing students and how they learn across a variety of contexts;
  • Demonstrating pedagogical content knowledge across the range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curriculum areas;
  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge that is the basis for professional practice as health and physical educators in junior and senior secondary school settings;
  • Providing integrated learning experiences that underpin health and wellness;
  • By acquiring knowledge as the basis for further learning and professional engagement in on-going professional development.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of health and physical education by:

  • Planning for, implementing, and assessing teaching and learning across a variety of contexts;
  • Analysing teaching and learning approaches that are underpinned by evidence and inquiry;
  • Exhibiting a critically informed sense of how health and wellbeing interacts with society in a two way dialectical relationship;
  • Having the meta cognitive skills to critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and skills that contribute to quality health and physical education pedagogy.

Exhibit depth and breadth of educational knowledge and skills by:

  • Creating and maintaining safe, supportive, sustainable, and inclusive health and wellbeing learning environments;
  • Articulating the transformative purpose and potential of education in society;
  • Demonstrating graduate level proficiency in teaching settings – notably in literacy and numeracy - and attaining the graduate professional standards relevant to education.

Communicate effectively by:

  • Demonstrating literacy across a broad range of communication modes and technologies in educational contexts;
  • Demonstrating information literacy capabilities to identify, critically engage with, and communicate ideas with coherence and clarity to range of professional stakeholders.

Show their commitment to professional learning by:

  • Being independent, open-minded, and critically reflective learners;
  • Working responsibly in individual and collaborative contexts;
  • Reflecting on personal performance and feedback to identify and implement self-learning and self-improvement opportunities as the basis for independent life-long learning.

Exhibit the ethical, active and responsible professional practice which is central to education as a discipline by:

  • Engaging professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.
  • Demonstrating the professional attitudes and values to ensure the educational needs of all children are met;
  • Understand and incorporate within their pedagogy a commitment to inclusivity, cultural awareness, sustainability, and diversity, and social justice to provide the opportunity for student engagement and achievement;
  • Creating and implementing teaching and learning experiences which reflect a global perspective;
  • Having knowledge across the range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curriculum areas and professional studies units.

Career paths

Graduates of Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) are deemed to be qualified to teach in public and private sector schools in all states and territories of Australia by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

Our graduates work with students from Foundation to Grade 12, throughout Australia and overseas.

About this institute

University of Tasmania

Our story began 130 years ago, in a sandstone building overlooking Hobart. Since those early days, with three lecturers teaching eleven students, our purpose has remained the same. Through academic excellence, we make our home, and the world, a better...

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