Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: On Campus
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

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About this course

This Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education) degree will equip you with the necessary professional knowledge and skills to start a career as a PHE teacher within the Australian secondary school system.

The course will give you a comprehensive overview of health, nutrition, and fitness basics – all within a pedagogical framework. The course will also equip you with the strategies and tools to succeed as a teacher within the educational sector.

Offered for on-campus study at ACPE’s Sydney Olympic Park facilities, by studying this course you will have complete access to state-of-the-art facilities, teaching materials and support from faculty.

Campus location

This course is offered for study at the following location:

  • Sydney – 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed the NSW HSC with minimum average of 65 (calculated from the highest 10 units completed) or equivalent


  • Have achieved Band 5 results in three subjects, one of which must be English

Areas of study

In this education course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Understanding health
  • Principles of movement
  • Skill acquisition
  • Movement: an historical perspective
  • Health: a sociological perspective
  • Theory and application of movement
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health priorities for Australia
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Classroom skills 1
  • Contemporary youth health issues
  • Composition and performance
  • Professional experience 1: orientation to teaching
  • Professional experience 2: professional experience in a range of settings
  • Intelligence and cognition
  • Curriculum planning for learning and teaching in PDHPE 1
  • Promoting health
  • Physical activity across a lifespan
  • Social influences and student diversity
  • Classroom skills 2
  • Curriculum planning for learning and teaching PDHPE 2
  • Building resilience
  • Professional experience 3: teacher as manager
  • Research in action
  • Literacy for learning and teaching for PDHPE
  • Athletics and aquatics specialisation
  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • The inclusive classroom
  • Principles and practices in assessment and reporting
  • Current issues in teaching PDHPE
  • Professional experience 4: toward independence
  • Exercise physiology for educators
  • Aboriginal education
  • Health and activity for diverse groups
  • Leadership through outdoor activities
  • One elective from: leadership in physical education; psychology and performance; nutrition; health and sporting performance

How will this course advance my career?

Graduates of this course will be qualified to enter employment as a Physical Health and Education (PHE) teacher within the secondary school system, or pursue alternate career options within the fitness, sports and health industries.

How else will I benefit from this bachelor degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education) from the Australian College of Physical Education.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

Alternatively, payment plans are available.

The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s premier educational facilities for accredited courses in sport and fitness, sports education and dance. With its practical, hands-on approach to teaching and learning, ACPE provides students with a world-class education and is recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport as an Elite Athlete Friendly Institution. It also offers extensive student support through FEE-HELP, academic assistance and a Career Development Program. ACPE is based at Sydney Olympic Park, offering a centralised sports hub with Olympic level athletic facilities.

Campus location
Sydney – 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
The staff at ACPE comprises both academics and industry professionals, each dedicated to ensuring you receive useful feedback and continual guidance.

As a student of ACPE, you will receive ongoing support via the Academic Development Office (ADO), which offers a variety of education and career-related resources targeting professional development. Upon enrolment you will gain access to SMARTHINKING, an online learning portal that provides 24/7 access to academic tutors and resources.

The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

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