As a secondary teacher, you can contribute to the development and further the growth of young adults and share your passion for your chosen teaching areas.
Why choose this course?
Healthy, active living benefits individuals and societies in many ways. As a teacher of health and physical education, you have the opportunity to work with students to enhance their own and others’ health, wellbeing and physical activity participation in a range of varied and changing contexts. With QUT’s Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree, you will gain an understanding of approaches to teaching and planning instruction in health and physical education for the senior and junior years of schooling. Your studies will include human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, game-based learning, and performance activity.
You will be a qualified specialist in your teaching areas and learn to effectively teach subjects in the Australian Curriculum and other frameworks. You’ll be encouraged to create future-focussed learning opportunities for your students and be equipped with positive strategies to manage your classrooms.
You can choose to study either part time or full time. If you choose to study part time, evening classes may be available for some units.
QUT organises professional experience placements to give you the opportunity to work in real school classrooms, supervised by practising professional educators. You may also have the opportunity to participate in additional learning experiences that are unique to QUT. Recently, a group of our students travelled to Vietnam and worked with local primary schools to deliver HPE classes and nutritional information to local students.
Learn from the best
You’ll be taught by staff with extensive experience as primary and high-school teachers, teacher educators, high performance coaches and coach consultants.
Many of our staff are active researchers and you can be confident that what you’re learning reflects latest industry knowledge and practice. Areas of recent research include sport coaching, skill learning and acquisition, educational psychology, and sport for development in marginalised communities.
QUT’s new sports facility at Kelvin Grove campus features an artificial turf sports field and adjacent amenities. The facility is used for teaching purposes across HPE and other health courses, and offers all QUT students an enhanced space for recreational sporting activities.
Graduates will have a solid foundation of knowledge to teach in secondary schools. Your career will be guided by, but not limited to, your chosen teaching areas. Teachers develop a range of skills which, in combination with work experience and personal qualities, equip them for a variety of career paths. Your qualification can also allow you to work in other locations in Australia and overseas.
This course is currently being updated and undergoing re-accreditation with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, and the Queensland College of Teachers. Please check this page for the latest updates.
If you intend to apply for advanced standing (credit) you can view more information and find out how to apply.
If you receive a mid-year QTAC offer, that offer decision does not determine which units you are eligible for, and you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.
Student teachers must undergo a criminal history check prior to undertaking professional experience in a school or centre, or undertaking activities in any unit which may involve contact with children or young people (under 18 years). For Queensland and international placements a blue card must be obtained. In other Australian states and territories you must fulfil the local requirements for working with children. As a QUT student, you can apply for a blue card through QUT for free. Submit your blue card application to HiQ as soon as you’ve received your offer.
Literacy and numeracy
You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from the course. The test will assess your personal literacy and numeracy skills. QUT provides you with one reimbursement to cover the cost of the test.