Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Physical Education)

  • Effective from: 2017
  • Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(HPE)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4747
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 089443D

This program applies to students who commenced in 2017 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For commencement year 2016 - please refer to 4747.1 - Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Physical Education)

The Health and Physical Education (HPE) program 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. Facilities are state of the art, including a new gymnasium and a renovated dance and gym studio, and practical experience is a strong feature of the program. The program is a popular 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. Graduates also work as personal trainers, sports coaches, research assistants, and community-based recreation.

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

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

Admission

For local students admission is through UAC.

  • 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.

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
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
BEHV 3025 Sport and Exercise Psychology 10
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
PUBH 1010 Health Promotion Theory and Approaches 10
Note: Subject PUBH 1010 Health Promotion Theory and Approaches replaces PUBH 2001 Approaches to Health Promotion from Autumn 2021.  
Select one elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
SPRT 2007 PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health 10
HLTH 2023 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies 10
Note: Subject HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health replaces HLTH 1001 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice from Autumn 2021.  
Note: Subject NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health replaces HLTH 2019 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health from Autumn 2020.  
Note: Subject HLTH 2023 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies replaces PUBH 2014 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies from Autumn 2020.  
 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 elective 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HLTH 3008 Gymnastics and Dance 10
SPRT 3001 Applied Exercise Science for Personal Trainers and Coaches 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
SPRT 1005 Outdoor Recreation 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
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
HLTH 2023 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies 10
NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health 10
Note: Subject HLTH 2023 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies replaces PUBH 2014 Introduction to Physical Cultural Studies from Autumn 2020.  
Note: Subject NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health replaces HLTH 2019 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health from Autumn 2020.  
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
PUBH 2001 Approaches to Health Promotion 10
SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities 10
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
Select one elective 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 two electives 20
 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 elective 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]

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