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Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

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Overview

This four-year specialist degree will give you a professional qualification to teach in secondary schools in the area of personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE), along with a second teaching area of specialisation.

Service learning and community engagement are key features of this degree. In all four years of the course you will be given service learning opportunities and work with educational, health and sporting organisations. Totalling 140 hours, this will supplement your professional experience placement in schools.

Work-based placements (totalling 560 hours) begin in the first year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement, when you will be competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Our Health and Physical Education program, established in 1939, is considered one of the best in Australia. If you have a real passion for health, sport and the science of movement, this is the perfect course for you. It offers a range of unique experiences, including the opportunity to specialise in PDHPE and an additional teaching area. Once you complete the degree, you will be qualified to work in a variety of fields.

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What you'll study

This course combines a background of general education with intensive professional preparation in PDHPE. The course is undertaken full time over four years and students enrol in 48 credit points per year.

In the first year, students undertake units in broad educational studies, professional studies of health and physical education, and electives from the Sydney School of  Education and Social Work. Students also undertake two units related to their second area of teaching specialisation in Arts, Business or Science. In addition, students complete a 10-day Professional Experience placement in a secondary school.

In the second year, students undertake units in broad educational studies, professional studies of health and physical education, and two units related to their second area of teaching specialisation in Arts, Business or Science. Students also complete a 15-day Professional Experience placement in a secondary school.

In the third year, students undertake units in broad educational studies, professional studies of health and physical education and two professional studies units related to their second area of teaching specialisation. Students also complete a 20-day Professional Experience placement in a secondary school.

In the fourth year, students undertake units in broad educational studies, professional studies of health and physical education and one professional studies unit related to their second area of teaching specialisation. Students also complete a 35-day Professional Experience placement in a secondary school.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including professional experience units, before proceeding to the next year.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Education, Teachers and Teaching Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport OR Young People, Sex and Sexual Health Physical Education 1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective (related to second teaching area)
  2 Human Development and Education
Identifying Health Determinants
Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport OR Sports Coaching
Service Learning- Community Engagement
Junior Arts, Science or Business elective (related to second teaching area)
2 1 Educational Psychology
Physical Education 2
Professional Practice for HPE 1
Intermediate Arts, Science or Business elective (related to second teaching area)
LANTITE Undergraduate*
  2 Social Perspectives on Education
Health of Young People
Sport Science for HPE1
Service Learning-Community Engagement
Intermediate Arts, Science or Business elective (related to second teaching area)
3 1 Positive Approaches to Special Education Physical Education 3 Health Equity across the Population 3 Curriculum 1 (related to second teaching area)
  2 Sport: Contemporary Educational Issues
Reading and Applying Educational Research (or Education Honours Preliminary)
Professional Practice for HPE 2
Service Learning- Community Engagement
Curriculum 2 (related to second teaching area)
4 1 Aboriginal Education: Secondary Schools Physical Education 4 Sport Science in HPE 2 Curriculum 3 (related to second teaching area)
  2 Professional Engagement and Leadership
Health Promotion in Community Health
Professional Practice for HPE 3
Service Learning – Community Engagement
Advanced Practitioner Research (OR Education Honours Dissertation)

Applying for honours

Honours is available to meritorious students who complete an alternative set of units of study in Semester 2 of Year 3 and Year 4. Admission to the Honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of Semester 1 of Year 3. Admission and award requirements for Honours in the Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) are set out in the Resolutions of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Students entering teaching programs will need to have achieved a minimum of three Band 5s in their NSW Higher School Certificate, one of which must be English (not ESL). Similar requirements will be applied to the IB and other Australian Year 12 qualifications. For other secondary qualifications applicants will need to achieve the minimum scores provided as a guide as well as achieve good results in English (not ESL). Applicants who must meet English proficiency requirements through an English proficiency test such as IELTS must meet those requirements separately. Applicants must also meet any additional requirements as set by regulatory bodies or accrediting agencies.

Prerequisites for NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
To be admitted into this teaching area the following prerequisites have been determined by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA):
• A major in personal development and/or health studies (with a socio-cultural perspective) and/or physical education with at least three units of study in health education including mental health, sexual health, relationships, drug education, child protection education, gender studies and risk taking behaviour
AND
• at least three units of study in physical education including contemporary physical activities, dance, gymnastics, games and sport. Vocationally oriented courses, coaching certificates, umpiring/refereeing accreditation in sports and physical activities are not recognised as equivalent.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)
The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: All BEd students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be expected to sit and pass the test within the first two years of candidature.

Register to take the LANTITE.

Inherent requirements for education programs 
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

 

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education) includes significant professional experience placements in schools. The placements begin in the first year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

In all four years of the course you will be given practical opportunities to work in educational, sport and health communities.

Professional accreditation

Sydney undergraduate Education courses are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

Career Pathways

  • PDHPE teacher
  • development manager
  • curriculum consultant
  • educational administrator
  • sporting coach
  • community health consultant
  • government policy adviser
  • recreation centre manager.
     
Future study options

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program within the Sydney School of Education and Social Work comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone independent research projects, supervised by experts in the field of study, which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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