Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Physical Education)-Pathway to Teaching (Secondary)

  • Effective from: 2016
  • Approved Abbreviation: BHSc(HPE)Path
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4742
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089200A

The Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (HPE) Pathway to Teaching (Secondary) brings together a comprehensive foundation of health sciences, understanding of physical activity, and skills in interacting with people. The program explores challenging areas of personal development, including youth health issues, sexuality, drugs, psychology and risk-taking behaviours, as well as general health science, including human biology, health systems, health promotion and research. Enrolment in this program involves direct pathway to a Master of Teaching degree, and then on to a teaching career. Teaching opportunities can be extended beyond HPE by studying electives, such as science and mathematics, where students gain a second teaching area in a subject of their choice. The degree also gives the advantage of early access to Education Studies subjects through mandatory completion of an Education Studies minor. These subjects of study are structured to gain the necessary learning areas to satisfy the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards discipline knowledge requirements for entry into teaching.

Study Mode

Three years full-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above

Accreditation

Graduates may be eligible to apply for accreditation with the NSW Education Standards Authority following the successful completion of a recognised teaching qualification such as the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Vaccination Requirements

For those students enrolling in 2022, please be aware of the below Public Health Order and Department of Education requirements. Students will be required to meet the below order to be able to attend their relevant placements in Schools (SPRT 2007 Games for Diverse Groups, SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities) and with relevant sporting clubs (SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities):

  • The Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers): Order dated 23 September states that:
    • all education and care workers must not carry out relevant work on or after 8 November 2021 unless the worker has – 
      • Had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
      • Been issued with a medical contraindication certificate (there is a specific certificate issued by a medical practitioner – a normal Doctor’s Certificate will not be accepted)

Admission

  • Assumed knowledge: any 2 subjects of English.
  • Recommended Studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education or Community and Family Studies

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

For international students, admission is through direct application to the university with IELTS equal to 6.5 or above.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

In order to enrol in Second Year Autumn subjects, all students must have:

  1. Working with Children Check.
  2. First Aid Certificate.
  3. Child Protection Certificate.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence.

Note: At least 60 credit points must be at Level 3 or above.

Note: For placement in schools, students must complete a Child Protection Policies and Procedures module. This requirement is completed through tutorials and assessment in HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies.

Minors

In addition, all students must complete the mandatory minor in Education Studies (0129 Education Studies, Minor). 

Students must meet this requirement by enrolling in SPRT 1005 Outdoor Recreation as one (10 credit points) of their 0129 Education Studies minor subjects while the remaining three subjects (30 credit points) are open to student choice from within the 0129 minor framework.

Second Teaching Field of Study

Please contact Program Advice e-mail for further information on the second teaching field of study.

Recommended Sequence

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
SPRT 1001 Fundamentals of Exercise Science 10
BIOS 1035 Anatomy and Physiology in Health 10
HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health 10
Note: Subject BIOS 1035 Anatomy and Physiology in Health replaces BIOS 1022 Introduction to Human Biology from Autumn 2021.  
Note: Subject HLTH 1013 Professional Competencies in Health replaces HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies from Autumn 2021.  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
SPRT 1005 Outdoor Recreation 10
HLTH 1006 Movement and Skill Development 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
Note: Subject HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health replaces HLTH 1001 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice from Autumn 2021.  
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
BEHV 3025 Sport and Exercise Psychology 10
Select one subject from the Education Studies minor 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
SPRT 2007 PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups 10
NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health 10
Note: Subject NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health replaces HLTH 2019 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health from Autumn 2020.  
Select one subject from the Education Studies minor 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities 10
SPRT 3005 Contemporary Youth Health Issues 10
BEHV 3015 Motor Control and Skill Acquisition 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HLTH 3008 Gymnastics and Dance 10
SPRT 3001 Applied Exercise Science for Personal Trainers and Coaches 10
Select one subject from the Education Studies minor 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
SPRT 1005 Outdoor Recreation 10
NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
Note: Subject NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health replaces HLTH 2019 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health from Autumn 2020.  
Note: Subject HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health replaces HLTH 1001 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice from Spring 2021.  
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
BIOS 1022 Introduction to Human Biology 10
SPRT 1001 Fundamentals of Exercise Science 10
HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
HLTH 1006 Movement and Skill Development 10
SPRT 2007 PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups 10
Select one subject from the Education Studies minor 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities 10
Select one subject from the Education Studies minor 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
HLTH 3008 Gymnastics and Dance 10
SPRT 3001 Applied Exercise Science for Personal Trainers and Coaches 10
Select one subject from the Education Studies minor 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
BEHV 3025 Sport and Exercise Psychology 10
SPRT 3005 Contemporary Youth Health Issues 10
BEHV 3015 Motor Control and Skill Acquisition 10
Select one subject for second teaching field of study or one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR) [hyperlink needed]

Exercise Science, Minor

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective subjects toward obtaining an additional approved minor in Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking, Minor