Bachelor of Health Science (HPE) – Pathway to Teaching (Secondary)

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Western Sydney University
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  • Career Outcomes:
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Course Rundown

Start a new career helping people unlock health with this Bachelor of Health Science (HPE) – Pathway to Teaching (Secondary) course from Western Sydney University.

As the worlds of medicine and science continue to advance, the need for well-trained healthcare professionals and educators grows. This practical, industry-focused course equips students with the fundamental skills, knowledge and experience required to thrive in the workforce and make a difference to other people’s lives.

Designed for students with an interested in health and fitness, who may want to develop a pathway to working as a secondary school teacher, this innovative course is ideal for students seeking to educate young minds about the value and importance of good health. This course covers key aspects of health science, including health promotion, health services management, therapeutic recreation and public health.

Through this course, you’ll have access to Western Sydney University’s state-of-the-art facilities, including a world-class gym and dance studio, dedicated exercise and sports science labs, and sports venues. You’ll be encouraged to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios, to build the sought-after practical skills employers are looking for. On completion of this course, you’ll be ready to start work.


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In this health science course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Population health and society
  • Introduction to human biology
  • Fundamentals of exercise science
  • Professional health competencies
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Movement and skill development
  • Psychology and health
  • Foundations of research and evidence-based practice
  • Culture, diversity and health
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Physical activity, nutrition and health
  • PDHPE: Games for diverse groups
  • Coaching sport and recreation activities
  • Contemporary youth health issues
  • Motor control and skill acquisition
  • Gymnastics and dance
  • Applied exercise science for personal trainers and coaches

Students will also select four subjects from the education studies sub-major, and three subjects from a second teaching specialisation.

Trust Western Sydney University to get you qualified in your field! Gain a recognised degree in Business, Health, Psychology, Communication, Medical Science, Criminology, Arts or loads more with WSU. 

Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today.

When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Health Science (HPE) - Pathway to Teaching (Secondary) from Western Sydney University.

This degree will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek work across a range of roles in the health sciences sector. Upon course completion, you may choose to work as a health promoter, in health services management, as a case worker or therapist, or as a public policy researcher. This broad-based qualification ensures you're ready to seek employment in the field most related to your interests and expertise.

This course acts as a pathway to a career in teaching. It's specifically designed for students to continue on to the Master of Teaching, providing the necessary knowledge and qualifications for a career as a secondary health and physical education (HPE) teacher.

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Western Sydney University offers flexible payment options for students.

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay your degree fees upfront.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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