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Bachelor of  Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)

Program code: 2372
QTAC code: 729402
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Interested in the science behind human movement? This program will prepare you for a rewarding sport and health career in secondary school teaching, or working with sport and recreation organisations or sporting associations.

  • This four-year program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skill to help young people explore a range of sport and physical activities, boost their self-esteem, and acquire lifelong skills such as decision-making and problem solving.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of human movement, including motor development, skill acquisition, and exercise physiology as you undertake learning experiences designed to be fun while encouraging team work.
  • Put theory into practice with more than 100 days of teaching placements, including a full school term, in your fourth year. You'll gain experience in primary, secondary and special needs.
  • Study at one of the best human movement schools in Australia, where our staff and research have been independently ranked as among the best in the world.

Be a leader in your field and help young people from all backgrounds to develop a lifelong love of being healthy and active.

  • Fast Facts

    Learn from the best

    Be taught by leading academics who are also active researchers in areas such as health and physical education curriculum, young people and physical activity, digital technology in health and physical education, and school-based health education.

  • Fast Facts

    Global leaders

    The School was ranked third in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Employability

    Develop advanced skills and knowledge

    The program includes extensive practical placements – more than 600 hours – and a final-year research project, where you'll investigate a problem relevant to the field. This means you'll be prepared for a range of future opportunities, in the classroom and beyond.

  • Employability

    Excellent graduate opportunities

    This program boasts an exceptionally high graduate employment rate. Our graduates are in high-demand by employers. You can use your qualification to work in Australia or overseas – and you can even undertake international placements during the program.

  • Alumni
    "I love sport: it has always been a facet of my life, and I wanted to share my passion with others and show them that physical education can improve anyone's quality of life." Blake Hamilton, BHSPE (Hons) graduate (2015), Secondary Teacher, Marsden State High School
  • Alumni
    "I have no doubt that health, sport and physical education teaching is the career pathway I want to pursue. My major placement added to my toolbox of skills that I gathered throughout my degree." Jessica Pickles, BHSPE (Hons) graduate (2017)

Career outcomes

Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Hons) graduates typically work as teachers of physical education, health education or junior science in secondary schools.

Graduates are eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), as well as other authorities, to teach in schools around Australia and worldwide.

QCT has a balanced and thorough registration process, which involves looking beyond just tertiary qualifications (QCT will also assess your suitability to teach by conducting a criminal history check and similar).

Once registered, graduates typically work in schools (both private and public) in roles including:

  • school teacher
  • head of department
  • learning support teacher
  • education advisor
  • student or teacher mentor
  • guidance counsellor.

Career opportunities also exist in non-school settings (such sport and recreation organisations, or sporting associations) in roles such as:

  • health promotion
  • sports coaching
  • corporate health
  • outdoor education
  • recreation management.

Graduates can also choose to continue developing their knowledge by enrolling in postgraduate programs – in areas including clinical exercise physiology, sports coaching, physiotherapy, education, public health, or another field.  

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in UQ's vibrant sporting culture

    UQ is home to Olympic-standard recreational and sporting facilities, including an aquatic centre, an athletics centre, a fitness centre, and tennis courts. UQ Sport also organises a range of different sports and activities from AFL and canoeing to triathlon and yoga.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics (A, B or C) and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. Refer to the Additional application information under the 'How to Apply' section for further information.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) in 2019:

9 82 29

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest3 / 96 2 / 98
Median8 / 84 8 / 86
Lowest10 / 79 9 / 82

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study20 37.04%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
<5 <5
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
22 40.74%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
International students0 0%
Total54 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake over 100 days of supervised practical teaching experience in a range of settings including primary, secondary and special needs schools. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life setting.

The practical teaching experience in third year of the program includes observing a primary school program for 5 days, participating as a staff member at a secondary school for at least 25 days and spending one day per week at a primacy school planning and implementing Health Sport and Physical Education (HPE) lessons. During the third year, you will also undertake sessional practical experiences (e.g. motor active clinic) as well as practical teaching experience.

During year 4, you are immersed in the life of a school for 12 weeks and in particular the HPE department. By week five of this placement, you will be teaching a full load in HPE and Junior Science.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers, Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $8,507
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
  • For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website
  • Please contact the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences for further details ( or visit the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences office.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) is 729402. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Part-time study is available, however, semesters that include a placement must be studied full-time.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of a placement course.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection. The process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is available on QTAC's website regarding ITE programs.

The following advice has been provided from the Queensland College of Teachers:

Transferring students:

If a student is admitted as a transfer student into an ITE program at a new university and they enrolled in their original ITE primary program prior to the implementation of the non-academic selection tool pre-requisite, they are able transfer without meeting the requirement. If a student is being admitted into an ITE program as a new student, the prerequisite will need to be met.

Deferring students:

A student who has already accepted a placement in an ITE program and has deferred their commencement post semester 2, 2017 for a period no longer than one year will not need to submit documentation to address the requirements of the non-academic selection tool.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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