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Health and Physical Education

Undergraduate Major


Health and Physical Education Major (BEd Secondary)


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The Health and Physical Education major is a study option within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education). It prepares you to teach Australia’s health and physical education curriculum to students in years 7 to 12.

You’ll learn teaching strategies and techniques specific to this area, covering the core curriculum areas of personal, social and community health; and movement and physical activity. 

You’ll gain the practical skills and leadership qualities you need to improve the health, wellbeing and physical literacy of young people, and will be immersed in a technology-enhanced learning environment where collaborative activities develop your teaching capability.

This course integrates education theory with classroom practice. You’ll undertake 18 weeks of supervised teaching experience in secondary schools and build a professional digital portfolio that showcases your teaching abilities to potential employers.

All units are mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, ensuring you graduate with the relevant competencies required to teach successfully.

To apply for this major, select the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) through TISC. You must nominate this major at the time of applying and meet the prerequisites. If you choose this major, you cannot select a second specialisation.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • There is a current shortage of secondary education teachers in Australia, and consequently there is a high uptake of graduates by employers.
  • Curtin’s education courses ranked in the top 150 in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
  • All units are mapped to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • You’ll build a professional digital portfolio that showcases your teaching abilities to potential employers.
  • You’ll complete 18 weeks of teaching practice over the course of your studies. 
  • Staff are active researchers and scholars who represent a high level of expertise in their disciplinary fields from across the University.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised nationally as an initial teacher education qualification. It is accredited by the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and graduates are able to register as a teacher in Australia and countries that recognise an Australian teaching qualification.

Career information

  • Secondary school teacher
  • Policy development officer
  • Special programs officer
  • Trainer, mentor or coach
  • Curriculum designer

What you'll learn

  • select, curate, use and create a range of digital resources and technologies to support learning and teaching
  • demonstrate responsibility and accountability for being a life-long learner, identify and engage in professional learning; demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy competencies to the required accreditation standard
  • engage in a continual cycle of improvement through critical and reflective practices including those based on local, national and global research and evidence-based practices
  • create, lead and maintain positive learning environments for all students, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • communicate professionally and engage collaboratively with colleagues, students, parent/carers, and the community
  • apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts associated with effective teaching of secondary school students
  • critically evaluate and synthesise theory, research and practice to apply knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to enhance learning
  • assess student learning and analyse diverse sources of data to support valid judgements of student learning
  • plan and deliver effective teaching and learning experiences with demonstrated impact

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education) degree for indicative fees.


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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-HLTPE
  • Last updated on: 18/08/2022