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Health and Physical Education Major


This major equips students with the skills and knowledge to teach Years 7-12 Health and Physical Education (HPE).

It addresses the broader field of HPE and focuses on health and well-being, and movement and physical activity appropriate for contemporary secondary schools





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and implement knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to create positive learning environments in health and physical education.
  2. Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly in both written and oral formats.
  3. Critically reflect using accredited standards and mentor feedback, to plan for continued collaborative and autonomous professional learning and development.
  4. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge in depth regarding the Australian curriculum and teaching strategies for secondary health and physical education.
  5. Demonstrate initiative and exercise professional judgement and collaborate to plan, problem solve and make decisions in health and physical education.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to identify and solve problems.
  7. Review, analyse and synthesise knowledge of pedagogical practices to plan for the delivery of health and physical education teaching.


Students must complete 10 Content units and 2 Curriculum units. Content units educate students in the subject area and the Curriculum units explain how to teach the subject area to others.

Content Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
EBH1101Human Anatomy15
SPS2111Performance Studies 615
EBH1102Human Physiology15
SPS1116Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy15
SPS3104Performance Studies 715
SPS2206Applied Exercise Physiology and Programming15
SPS3101Psychology of Sport and Exercise15
SPS1120Performance Studies 215
SPS1114Acquisition of Skill15
CUR4210Curriculum Enrichment for the Major Secondary Specialisation15
Curriculum Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HPE2101Teaching Health and Physical Education 115
HPE2201Teaching Health and Physical Education 215

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to seek employment in both government and non-government secondary schools teaching Health and Physical Education.

Possible future job titles

Secondary Physical Education Teacher

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