Graduates of the course will qualify for a degree in secondary physical education teaching which will meet the registration requirements for the Victorian Institute of Teaching, and other state teacher registration boards in Australia.
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study. All Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa will receive a Student Learning Entitlement (SLE). The SLE entitles a student to the equivalent of 7 years of full time study in a Commonwealth supported place.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2009, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
Graduates of this course have found careers in Australian and overseas secondary schools, sports management, recreation and fitness industries, government departments, recruitment and human resource management, professional coaching positions as well as in private academies and agencies.
The degree requires students to complete 32 credit points over the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Students are required to complete: 18 credit points of Education (which include studies in education, physical education, curriculum methods, literacy and numeracy and school experience); 14 credit points of discipline studies (which include exercise science, applied sports science and discipline content related to the second teaching method). Second teaching methods may be taken from a range of discipline areas including Biology, Chemistry (Biological), Dance, Drama, Health Education, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Humanities, Societies and Environments (formerly SOSE).
Note: Students enrolled prior to 2007 should contact their enrolment officer for course advice.
EXE101 Understanding Children and Adolescents
ESH101 Health and Physical Education Studies
HBS109 Human Structure and Function
Plus second method discipline study 1 from another Faculty
EXE102 Understanding Learners
ESH102 The Art and Science of Dance and Gymnastics
HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy
Plus second method discipline study 2 from another Faculty
EEE201 Creating Effective Learning Environments
ESH404 Middle School Health and Physical Education: Curriculum Study
HSE201 Exercise Physiology
EEY201 Secondary School Experience 2A
Plus second method discipline study 3 from another Faculty
EEE202 Curriculum Assessment and Reporting
ESH405 Senior Physical Education: Curriculum Study
EEY202 Secondary School Experience 2B
Plus second method discipline study 4 from another Faculty
EEM301 Numeracy Across the Curriculum
HSE203 Exercise Behaviour
HSE311 Applied Sports Science 1
EEY301 Secondary School Experience 3A
Plus education curriculum study method 2A refer list below
Note: EEM301 is offered in wholly online mode.
EEL302 Literacy Across the Curriculum
HSE204 Motor Learning and Development
HSE314 Applied Sports Science 2
EEY302 Secondary School Experience 3B
Plus Education curriculum study method 2B refer list below
Year 4 - Available in 2010
EEE401 Professional Relationships
ESH455 Approaches to Teaching Physical Education
HSE301 Principles of Exercise Prescription
EEY401 Secondary School Experience 4A
Plus one exercise science/nutrition science elective
EEE402 Transition to Beginning Teaching
EEH456 Professional Issues in Physical Education
EEY402 Secondary School Experience 4B
EEY403 Secondary School Experience 4C
Plus two physical education extension elective units.
(i) All units are 1 credit point unless otherwise noted.
(ii) EEE201, EEE202, EEM301, EEL302, EEE401, EEE402, EEH456 are 0.75 credit point units.
(iii) EEY201, EEY202, EEY301, EEY302, EEY401, EEY402, EEY403 are 0.25 credit point units.
(iv) EEM301 is a wholly online unit.
Curriculum study method units
ESS444 Science: Curriculum Study
ESS467 Senior Biology: Curriculum Study
ESS444 Science: Curriculum Study
ESJ460 Studies in Curriculum 4
Note: ESJ460 students to select Senior Chemistry: Curriculum Study specialism.
(ECA431/ECA432 students to select Dance specialism)
ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1
ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2
(ECA431/ECA432 students to select Drama specialism)
ECA431 Arts Education Discipline Study 1
ECA432 Arts Education Discipline Study 2
ESS441 Environmental Science and Society: Curriculum Study
ESS442 Senior Environmental Science: Curriculum Study
Health (students to select the Health specialism in these units)
ESJ457 Studies in Curriculum 1
ESJ458 Studies in Curriculum 2
(i) ESJ457 students to select the Health Education: Curriculum Study specialism, Trimester 1 (B, G) offered each year, (X) offered alternate years 2010, 2012.
(ii) ESJ458 students to select the Senior Health and Human Development: Curriculum Study specialism, Trimester 2 (B, G) offered each year, (X) offered alternate years 2010, 2012.
ESM424 Mathematics: Curriculum Study
ESM425 Senior Mathematics: Curriculum Study
Humanities (formerly SOSE)
ECS471 Humanities, Societies and Environments: Curriculum Study A
ECS472 Humanities, Societies and Environments: Curriculum Study B
Physical Education extension elective units
ECA433 Arts Education Discipline Study 3
ECA434 Arts Education Discipline Study 4
ESH314 Sport in the School Curriculum
ESH418 Issues in Health Education
ESH457 Youth and Recreation
ESS420 Outdoor and Environmental Education
(i) ESH314, ESS420 offered in Trimester 3
(ii) ECA433, ECA434 students to select Dance specialism.
Exercise Science/Nutrition Science electives
HSE303 Exercise Metabolism
HSE305 Issues in Sport Coaching
HSE307 Advanced Movement Analysis
HSE309 Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise
HSE313 Understanding Children's Physical Activity
HSN201 Principles of Nutrition
Detailed course rules
The Bachelor of Physical Education may be awarded at pass level. To be awarded the Bachelor of Physical Education pass degree a person shall:
1. be accepted for enrolment in a course of study leading to the award of a Bachelor of Physical Education pass degree and continue to be accepted for enrolment until completion of that course of study
2. complete a course of study amounting to 32 credit points provided that the course of study shall
2.1 include units amounting to 25 credit points from those units specified by Faculty Board from time to time as course-grouped units leading to the award of the degree of Bachelor of Physical Education.
2.2 include units amounting to not less than 22 credit points at level 2 or higher, at least 6 credit points of which shall be taken at level 3 or higher, and at least 6 credit points of which shall be taken at level 4 or higher; and
2.3 include a major sequence of 6 units of education studies units amounting to not less than 6 credit points; and
2.4 include a major sequence of physical education studies of not less than 6 credit points; and
2.5 include a major sequence of no more than 8 credit points in a discipline area related to the curriculum method study of physical education; and
2.6 include a minor sequence of at least 4 credit points in a second discipline area which is to be related to the secondary curriculum method studies undertaken as agreed with the Schools of Arts, the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences and Behavioural Sciences, and the Faculty of Science and Technology; and
2.7 include at least one unit classified as a level 3 wholly online unit.
2.8 include a professional experience sequence of 7 units.
3. The course of study shall be completed within a period of not less than four years and except with the permission of the Faculty Board not more than 10 consecutive years from the date the person first enrolled in the course.
4. The course of study shall include satisfactory completion of at least 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should note that four years of tertiary study inclusive of teacher education is required for employment as a teacher in Victoria.
For each unit of study students are expected to participate in at least three hours of formal contact each week of trimester. A minimum of six hours of study time in addition to the formal contact is also expected for each unit each week.
Professional Experience Requirements
A satisfactory level of teaching competence during school experience is required for the award of the degree. Students are required to undertake professional experience placements concurrently with their secondary curriculum studies. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.
Admission requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.
Admission requirements - specific
Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent. Prerequisites for 2009 are units 1 - 4 - two units (any combination with no more than one at unit 1) of general mathematics, mathematical methods (either), further mathematics or specialist mathematics. Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.
Provision is made for the intake of mature-age or special-entry applicants. Prerequisite studies and/or special requirements apply for entry into the second teaching method of choice offered by the Faculties of Arts and Education; Medicine, Nursing, Health and Behavioural Sciences; or Science and Technology. Refer to the relevant Course Structures and the VTAC Guide.
In addition to minimum entry requirements, International students for whom English is not their first language, are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.
Advanced standing - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Advanced standing - specific
Students are advised to contact the Faculty for information regarding applying for credit for prior tertiary study.
How to apply
Applications for on and off campus study must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).
Working with Children Check
The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice: justice.vic.gov.au
School experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.
Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained. The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers. The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice. Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.
While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.
Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.
Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.
It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.
School Experience requirements
Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the School Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances. Students are required to comply with the on-line instructions regarding enrolment/re-enrolment in school experience; failure to enrol/re-enrol jeopardises a student’s school experience placement.
Students should note that it is a requirement of the course that school experience is undertaken in conjunction with their curriculum studies and Education Major studies and during the time tabled dates unless, in exceptional circumstances, alternative arrangements are negotiated and agreed to in writing with the School Experience Office. Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit as recognised prior learning in supervised school experience for this course. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year.
A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.
Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at: vit.vic.edu.au)
School Experience enrolment
Students need to carefully follow the instructions correctly when enrolling or re-enrolling online in school experience units. Failure to enrol or re-enrol correctly jeopardises a student’s school experience placement and this could lead to a delay in the award of the degree. Students must follow Faculty rules in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the School Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).
Students should obtain a copy of the School Experience Handbook each year from the School Experience Office (also available at deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/education/schoolexp ). Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty rules in relation to school experience.
Schedule of School Experience units
Bachelor of Physical Education
EEY201 Secondary School Experience 2A (B) 10 days
EEY202 Secondary School Experience 2B (B) 10 days
EEY301 Secondary School Experience 3A (B) 10 days
EEY302 Secondary School Experience 3B (B) 10 days
EEY401 Secondary School Experience 4A (B) 10 days
EEY402 Secondary School Experience 4B (B) 15 day block
EEY403 Secondary School Experience 4C (B) 15 day block