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Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.4 years full-time.
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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Intake in 2022, Intake in 2022,
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Health and Physical Education

Study a teaching area in Health and Physical Education Teaching for Secondary Education at the University of Newcastle

Empower future generations to develop self-esteem, fitness, teamwork and a healthier outlook.

If you are passionate about health and exercise, studying Health and Physical Education (PE) will be a rewarding challenge. You will study a variety of courses in health and PE studies, which will teach you how to motivate secondary students to explore a range of physical activities, sports and healthy lifestyle issues.

The Health & Physical Education teaching area within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree will prepare you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach health and physical education in secondary schools. You’ll learn specialist knowledge in the discipline to inform your lesson planning, in addition to studying the senior and junior syllabi.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in Health and Physical Education teaching?

Study health and physical education as one of your core teaching areas to focus your degree around how to teach the HSC and junior courses. This teaching area might lead you to work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

You may wish to study a related teaching area to further your qualifications in secondary teaching such as Mathematics.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in studying health, the human body, nutrition and exercise.
  • Goals to help young students gain confidence in athletics and physical activity.
  • A commitment to encouraging teenagers to lead a healthier lifestyle in a secondary school setting.

What do you learn in a Health and Physical Education teaching area?

If you choose to study a teaching area in health and physical education as one of your core teaching areas you will learn the practical and theoretical knowledge to teach high school PE classes. We offer courses in:

  • PE Studies: One of your core areas of study will be physical education, where you will focus on the practical component of the discipline. Students will learn about a variety of physical activities and their educational value for teenagers. Your courses will cover topics such as motor skill acquisition through court and striking sports. You’ll also study performance activities such as dance and gymnastics, as well as the value of invasion games to tactical skills.
  • Health Studies: The theoretical component of your study will develop your knowledge in healthy lifestyles and the human body. You’ll learn how nutrition, diet, drugs, alcohol, mental health and related issues affect young people. Your courses will teach you how to devise educational strategies with the purpose of spreading awareness among your students.
  • Sports Science: From the second year of your teaching area you’ll be able to study courses in sports science. Students will learn about the relationship between anatomy and sporting performance. You’ll study how to minimise the risk of injury to your musculoskeletal anatomy, and natural strategies to optimise your performance in a variety of sports.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in teaching Health and Physical Education:

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