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Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

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Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

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Today’s health and physical education teacher has a diversity of skills that can be applied widely - in schools, community health education, sport and recreation administration, the fitness industry and coaching.

As a teacher, you will work to promote both a student’s physical fitness and their health and emotional wellbeing. You will also have skills in communication, administration and management that are transferable to other fields, such as the sports and fitness industry.

CSU’s Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) gives you the confidence, understandings and skills to be an effective teacher of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education in secondary schools. It is an integrated qualification comprising professional studies in education and discipline studies in exercise science, physical education (for example, sports, dance, gymnastics, athletics, aquatics and other recreational activities), personal development, social and community health and human development, as well as the physical and behavioural sciences of human movement.  

If you love learning, have a great interest in adolescents and their development, and enjoy being an integral part of the community, this course will allow you to become one of CSU’s sought-after teacher graduates.

  • Why study this course?

    As a CSU graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education), you will be highly valued by employers. The degree includes:

    • significant experience secured through 80 days of supervised workplace learning in rural, regional and/or metropolitan secondary school settings. Additionally, you will complete 35 hours of workplace learning in community educational settings such as outdoor recreation centres, PCYCs, sport and recreation and vacation care centres
    • the opportunity to participate in sport outreach programs in Samoan schools
    • literacy and numeracy development and support are embedded into this course, ensuring you will meet new government standards for teachers
    • following your second year of study, you have the option to concurrently enrol in CSU’s Bachelor of Educational Studies, enabling the addition of a second high school teaching area. Further improve your employment outcomes by studying maths, science, English, modern history or another high school teaching area of your choice
    • the course can be completed in four years of full-time study. Alternatively, if you need your program of study to be more flexible and part-time because of work or professional sporting commitments, this may be accommodated
    • lecturers have extensive in-school teaching experience – including experience in executive roles and curriculum leadership roles and international teaching experience – as well as being acclaimed researchers in their fields. Small class sizes also mean you will have extensive opportunities to liaise directly with your lecturers, leading to a more personalised learning experience.

    Non-school age applicants welcome
    Mature aged students over 20 years make up a large portion of the CSU intake into Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education). If you wish to apply as a mature aged student, you should make a direct application online. Students with Certificate III in Fitness or above will have one subject credited towards the degree.

    Extensive study support

    Perhaps you need help with academic writing techniques or research methods or need to brush up on your biology? Even before you begin your course, you can take part in online preparation programs to improve your chances of success in the course.

    Facilities
    Modern, well-equipped Exercise and Sport Science laboratories are located on CSU’s Bathurst Campus. A comprehensive range of study support programs, communal and connected learning spaces, and mobile technology-enabled systems create a friendly, accessible student community.

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate of this course, you will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach PDHPE in secondary schools.

    Graduates will be eligible for teacher registration in all Australian states and territories, and this qualification can lead to teaching positions internationally. CSU has a history of producing high-quality profession-ready graduates in the physical education sector.

    Secondary school teachers with health and physical education training are also employed across several industries, including:

    • health promotion and health care
    • sport and recreation education and administration
    • sport management
    • coaching and development
    • the health and fitness industry.

  • Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) until 31 December 2019 for national accreditation recognised by the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

  • Workplace learning

    During the first year of this course, you will participate in a 35-hour community-based placement, such as in a sport and recreation centre, to achieve an understanding of how educational experiences are linked to wider social issues and contexts.

    In the final two years of the course, there are three professional placements of between 20 and 30 days in length. You will progress from observation to supervised teaching in a variety of educational settings. The key focus will be progression toward attaining the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level. There is also the opportunity for you to undertake an international placement.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    EPT329 Working Within The Community
    EPT241 Professional Experience - Introduction to the Secondary Context
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students
    From 1 July 2016, all students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) before being able to register with their state-based teacher institute or equivalent body. From January 2017, all students will need to pass the test before undertaking their final professional experience placement. This computer-based test consists of both multiple choice and short answer questions and is designed to assess personal literacy and numeracy capabilities. The purpose of the test is to demonstrate to future employers that early career teachers have high levels of literacy and numeracy. CSU has a range of support options specifically for initial teacher education students preparing for the Test. More information about the test is available at teacheredtest.acer.edu.au

    Anaphylaxis Training for all Initial Teacher Education Students

    The NSW Education Standards Authority (ESA), previously the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), now requires that all initial teacher education students have training in anaphylaxis. In order to meet this requirement, ALL students must complete the training module found at http://etraining.allergy.org.au. The online module takes approximately one hour to complete.

    On successful completion of the online module, participants will receive a certificate of completion. A copy of this certificate must be attached to your application for your professional experience placement. ESA suggests that students also present a copy of their certificate of completion to principals at the commencement of their professional experience placements. The training must be successfully undertaken every two years and students will need to ensure that their certificate of completion is current.

    The NSW Department of Education advises that students who do not successfully complete this training, as verified by the university, will not be able to undertake professional experience activities in NSW public schools.


    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

    Child Protection Awareness Training

    Students must also complete child protection awareness training. Where this is not possible face to face, an online training course is available. This training needs to be renewed annually. See: Child protection awareness training e-learning module

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The length of the course is 33 subjects (264 subject points) including 10 Exercise Science discipline subjects, 11 Education subjects, 1 Indigenous Cultural Studies subject, 2 Curriculum Method subjects, 4 Physical Education subjects, 3 Health subjects, 1 Mathematics subject and a compulsory subject (Literacy). The course includes a Community Professional Experience subject (0 points).

    NOTE: Recent national and NSW Government changes related to pre-service teacher standards of literacy and numeracy indicate that state and/or national tests of literacy and numeracy must be satisfactorily completed by all students prior to their final professional experience placement and graduation. For this reason additional pre-requisites pertaining to literary and numeracy may be applied to subjects as required.

    Core Subjects:
    LIT101 Language and Text
    MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1 with Applications OR MTH105 Introductory Mathematics

    Indigenous Culture & Histories:
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Education subjects:
    EEA202 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EED308 Adolescence & Learning
    EED408 Successful Teaching
    EEE405 Assessment & Reporting
    ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
    EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies
    ESS419 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EPT241 Professional Experience Introduction
    EPT329 Working within the Community
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession

    Exercise Science subjects:
    EHR101 Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement
    EHR119 Anatomy & Physiology 1
    EHR120 Anatomy & Physiology 2
    EHR128 Understanding Research
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity
    EHR225 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing
    EHR303 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity

    Physical Education subjects:
    EHR219 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity I
    EHR223 Gymnastics and Dance
    EHR114 Aquatics and Track & Field
    EHR334 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity 2

    Health subjects:
    EHR212 Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: Perspectives and Pedagogies
    EHR305 Young People and Health Advocacy
    EHR129 Contemporary Perspectives of Health

    Curriculum Method subjects:
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1:PDHPE & Outdoor Education
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2:Senior Health, Physical, Outdoor and Environmental Education

    Community Professional Experience subject:
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program

    Key Subjects from 201430 are:
    LIT101 Language and Text
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    MTH105 Introductory Mathematics; or MTH101ComputerAided Mathematics 1 with Applications
    EHR119 Anatomy & Physiology 1
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1:PDHPE

    Enrolment pattern

    Bachelor of Education (Health and PE)
    Flexible Offering

    LIT101 Language and Text*
    *It is recommended that this subject be undertaken within the first year of study.

    SESSION 1 INTAKE
    YEAR 1
    Session 1

    MTH105 Introductory Mathematics OR MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1 with Applications
    EHR101 Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement
    EHR119 Anatomy & Physiology 1
    LIT101 Language and Text

    Session 2
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    EHR129 Contemporary Perspectives of Health
    EHR120 Anatomy & Physiology 2
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity

    Session 3
    EHR128 Understanding Research
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program

    YEAR 2
    Session 1

    EHR114 Aquatics and Track & Field
    EHR219 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity I
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR225 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing

    Session 2
    EHR223 Gymnastics and Dance
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR212 Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: Perspectives and Pedagogies

    YEAR 3
    Session 1

    EPT241 Professional Experience Introduction
    EED408 Successful Teaching
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: PDHPE & Outdoor Education
    EEA202 Managing the Classroom Environment

    Session 2
    EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms
    EED308 Adolescence & Learning
    EHR334 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity 2
    EHR303 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity

    YEAR 4
    Session 1

    EPT329 Working within the Community
    ESS419 Principles of Inclusive Education
    ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies

    Session 2
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession
    EEE405 Assessment & Reporting
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Senior Health, Physical, Outdoor and Environmental Education
    EHR305 Young People and Health Advocacy

    SESSION 2 INTAKE
    Year 1
    Session 2

    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity
    EHR120 Anatomy & Physiology 2
    EHR129 Contemporary Perspectives of Health

    Session 3
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program

    YEAR 2
    Session 1

    MTH105 Introductory Mathematics OR MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1 with Applications
    LIT101 Language and Text
    EHR101 Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement
    EHR119 Anatomy & Physiology 1

    Session 2
    EHR223 Gymnastics and Dance
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR212 Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: Perspectives and Pedagogies

    Session 3
    EHR128 Understanding Research

    YEAR 3
    Session 1

    EHR114 Aquatics and Track & Field
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: PDHPE & Outdoor Education
    EPT241 Professional Experience Introduction
    EED408 Successful Teaching

    Session 2
    EHR303 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity
    EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms
    EED308 Adolescence & Learning
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Senior Health, Physical, Outdoor and Environmental Education

    YEAR 4
    Session 1

    EEA202 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EHR225 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing
    EHR219 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity I
    EPT329 Working within the Community

    Session 2
    EHR305 Young People and Health Advocacy
    EEE405 Assessment & Reporting
    EHR334 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity II
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies

    Year 5
    Session 1

    ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession
    ESS419 Principles of Inclusive Education
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology

    SESSION 3 INTAKE

    Session 3
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    YEAR 1 
    Session 1

    MTH105 Introductory Mathematics OR MTH101 Computer Aided Mathematics 1 with Applications
    EHR101 Sociocultural Foundations of Human Movement
    EHR119 Anatomy & Physiology 1
    LIT101 Language and Text

    Session 2
    EHR129 Contemporary Perspectives of Health
    EHR120 Anatomy & Physiology 2
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity

    Session 3
    EHR128 Understanding Research
    EEB106 Community Cultural Education Program

    YEAR 2
    Session 1

    EHR114 Aquatics and Track & Field
    EHR219 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity I
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR225 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing

    Session 2
    EHR223 Gymnastics and Dance
    EHR214 Skill Acquisition
    EHR218 Biomechanics
    EHR212 Young People’s Health and Wellbeing: Perspectives and Pedagogies

    YEAR 3
    Session 1

    EPT241 Professional Experience Introduction
    EMR441 Curriculum Method 1: PDHPE & Outdoor Education
    EEA202 Managing the Classroom Environment
    EED408 Successful Teaching

    Session 2
    EHR303 Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity
    EEP306 Pedagogy in Diverse Classrooms
    EED308 Adolescence & Learning
    EHR334 Games, Sports & Contemporary Physical Activity II

    YEAR 4
    Session 1

    EPT329 Working within the Community
    ESS419 Principles of Inclusive Education
    ELN402 Literacy Strategies for Learning
    ESC407 Classroom Technologies

    Session 2
    EPT436 Transition to the Teaching Profession
    EEE405 Assessment & Reporting
    EMR442 Curriculum Method 2: Senior Health, Physical, Outdoor and Environmental Education
    EHR305 Young People and Health Advocacy

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    EHR119 Anatomy & Physiology 1
    EHR202 Human Exercise Physiology
    EHR221 Conditioning & Physical Activity
    EHR120 Anatomy & Physiology 2

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Normal admission requirements of the University will apply, with students being admitted under the UAC system.

    English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements for Teacher Education Preparation Programs

    English Language Proficiency entry requirements for non-Anglophone International students are: an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 (with no score below 7 in reading and writing, and a score of no less than 8 in speaking and listening).

    Note: Please refer to relevant National or State employing bodies for their English language proficiency requirements when seeking employment.

    Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership requirement

    The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) set graduate standards and course requirements which are administered by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), previously NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Entry standards for initial teacher education courses are three Band 5 results including English in the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent. Study of any two units of HSC Mathematics or equivalent is recommended. CSU courses are designed and accredited with an alternate entry as all students undertake core discipline studies in the first two years of study equivalent to three Band 5 results including English and Mathematics before undertaking curriculum and professional studies.


    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusBathurstFPOSYYNIEPE
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYYYKEHT
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYYN213357

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students need to accrue 264 credit points by successfully passing the 33 subjects set out in the recommended course structure.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    036168A (Bathurst)

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  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS008 - Mathematics for the Sciences (if considering Science as a major teaching area)
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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