BP041 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education)

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Plan: BP041P02 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education)
Award abbreviation: BAppSc(PhyslEd)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years (8 semesters) full-time, or 8 years (16 semesters) part-time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora campus
Owning school: Medical Sciences (160H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/medicalsciences
ASCED code: 070105
CRICOS code: 012346G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education) is oriented towards the preparation of specialist primary and secondary health and physical education teachers whose responsibilities may include teaching, coaching, health and fitness promotion, physical and sport education for school and community programs.

At the end of the program you should be able to:

  • understand physical education content and disciplinary concepts related to the development of a physically educated person
  • understand how individuals learn and develop and provide opportunities that support physical, cognitive, social and emotional development
  • understand how individuals differ in their approaches to learning and create appropriate instruction adapted to these differences
  • teach physical education and a second teaching subject at Years Prep to 12
  • use and have an understanding of individual and group motivation and behaviour to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation
  • use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to enhance learning and engagement in physical education settings
  • understand the importance of planning developmentally appropriate instructional units to foster the development of a physically educated person
  • understand and use the varied types of assessment and their contribution to an overall program and the development of the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains
  • understand the importance of being a reflective practitioner and its contribution to overall professional development, and actively seek opportunities to sustain professional growth
  • use information technology to enhance learning and personal and professional productivity
  • understand the necessity of fostering collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to support the development of a physically educated person
  • have the skills to increase support for high-quality physical education, sport, and physical activity programs in schools through research, development of standards, and dissemination of information
  • be confident in applying information obtained in applied science courses to physical education and sporting situations.
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Articulation and pathways

Currently there are no formal articulations into this program. However, graduates are eligible to apply for MR017 Master of Applied Science (Human Movement).
If you have previously studied at a TAFE or HE level, you may be eligible for credit for courses relevant to those you would study in the Physical Education program map. This would be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 1 and 2 — two units of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods; and units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in one of Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (CAS), Specialist Mathematics or Physics, and a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

Selection tasks

Interview (some applicants only)


Working with Children Check: Students must hold a Working with Children Check before undergoing practical components of this course. Failure to hold satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete this course. 

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education) program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT) (www.vit.vic.edu.au) until 31st December 2016.

Students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education) program must individually apply for accreditation from the VIT. To be eligible for accreditation you must participate in at least 80 days of supervised teaching across primary and secondary school sectors. To meet this criterion you will need to complete teaching in the following courses throughout your program:

  • Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B
  • Theory and Practice in Teaching Health and Physical Education 4A and 4B
  • Field Experience – Teaching Practice A (Health and Physical Education Methods)
  • Field Experience – Teaching Practice B (Second Teaching Method and Health and Physical Education Methods)

The School of Medical Sciences has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs). Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed to both the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers.

Many of the teaching staff within the program are (or have been) practicing industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks.  This experience, when integrated into teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  These are associated with the Working with Children check. Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

You will also need to consult the myRMIT student portal regularly for information and you should use the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s website regularly for updates for Senior Physical Education (http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/index.html).

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:


  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.


We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students


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