BP041 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education)

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Plan: BP041P15 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and 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 (Health and Physical Education)
Award abbreviation: BAppSc(H&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: Education (360H)
ASCED code: 070105
CRICOS code: 012346G

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and 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.

On completion of this program you should be able to demonstrate and apply your knowledge and understanding of:

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

The courses OHTH2127 Theory and Practice in Health and Physical Education 4A, TCHE1057 Field Experience - Teaching Practice A and TCHE2061 Field Experience - Teaching Practice B provide a capstone experience for final year students. The capstone focuses on enhancing your employability skills and easing your transition from student to graduate teacher. You will integrate knowledge, skills and their application from your prior studies.  You will  continue to develop and conslidate your  professional portfolios. You will  complete a final teaching placement over an eight week period during the final semester. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a mentoring role to assist a year one student transition into university and life as a teacher. You will complete a range of assessment tasks to ensure that you are classroom ready, including the preparation of curriculum planning for foundation to year 12; applying for teaching positions, preparing a resume, responding to selection criteria and mock interviews; and the development of assessment and reporting processes and documents. You will also complete a leadership module which covers a range of skills, issues and processes essential to be a leader within school settings.

This program requires on-campus attendance. Some courses include on-line components. 


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Articulation and pathways

Currently there are no formal articulations into this program. 

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he.

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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).


Year 12: Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods; and Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

Non-Year 12: As for Year 12 or equivalent.

Subject Bonus : A study score of 25 in one but no more than three of Biology, Chemistry, Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics equals 2 aggregate points per study.

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.

CASPer Test

All applicants must sit the CASPer test. CASPer is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training courses in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess an applicant's personal and professional attributes. To register for your sitting or further information about the test, visit https://takecasper.com/

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (Year 12-Some, Non-Year 12-Some): Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed in the Admissions Tests section (www.vtac.edu.au/admissions-tests/stat/need-stat/inst-use- stat.html) must sit the STAT Multiple Choice.

SEAS : Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to submit a SEAS application.


Working with Children Check (Year 12-All, Non-Year 12-All): Students will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see www.rmit.edu.au/students/wil/wwcc or www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/


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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education) program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT) (www.vit.vic.edu.au).

The program is currently undertaking a review and alignment with the newly accredited AISTL standards and is in the process of seeking accreditation from 2019. 

In order to teach in Victoria, graduates must be registered with VIT. Successful completion of this program will allow you to apply for Provisonal Registration with VIT. To obtain Provisional Registration, graduates are required to complete a VIT Registration application form and submit it to the Institute. Further information on the registration process and requirements can be found here.

Literacy and numeracy test:  In order to register with VIT, students will be required to pass a literacy and numeracy test prior to graduating from their program. This test is mandated by the Federal Government and is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Students are allowed a maximum of three attempts and must be successfully completed by the end of the second year of the program.   For more information please see https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Currently enrolled students: There is a transition period of three years where currently enrolled students may graduate from their program without completing the test but these graduates will only be granted provisional registration with VIT and they must successfully complete the test in the first six months of obtaining provisional registration.

Students commencing from 2017: All new students commencing an accredited initial teacher education program will be required to undertake the test prior to graduation. The test must be passed by the end of the second year of enrolment in order to graduate from the program.

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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.  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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