Bachelor of  Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)

Program code: 2372
QTAC code: 729402
CRICOS code: 082625K


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Want to make a difference to the lives of young people? This program will prepare you for a rewarding career teaching health, sport and physical education in secondary schools, 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 600 hours of hands-on, practical teaching experience, including a full school term in your fourth year. Gain experience in primary, secondary and schools for children with special needs.
  • Study the longest-running university-based physical education program in Australia, with more than 70 years of teaching, research and graduate excellence. Our staff 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 recognition

    UQ is ranked first in Australia and second in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Employability

    Honours qualification

    Graduate with a highly respected honours qualification which will equip you with advanced skills and knowledge that will prepare you 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 pursue a broad range of careers as confident and capable educators in schools and community environments. Graduates typically work as teachers of physical education, health education or biology in secondary schools.

Graduates are eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) qualifying as specialist teachers of Senior Physical Education, Senior Health, Senior Biology, and Junior Health and Physical Education. They are also eligible to register with 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.  

  • Research

    Research opportunities

    Complete an individual research project in your final year where you'll investigate a problem relevant to the field. During semester breaks, UQ’s Summer and Winter Research Programs provide further opportunity to advance your research experience, 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.

  • Employability

    Meet Jared, Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) graduate

  • Why study

    Positive learning environment

    Study alongside like-minded students who are equally passionate about heath and well-being. You will benefit from smaller cohorts and a more personal learning experience that enables you to forge life-long connections with students and staff.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speak 8; listen 8, read 7, write 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall score 108, listen 29, speak 27, read 25, write 27.

TOEFL PB - Overall score 627, listen 65, read 59, write 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 78, listen 82, speak 82, read 72, write 72.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 6 plus a minimum grade of A+ in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 191, listen 200, speak 200, read 185, speak 185.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.


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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $38,112
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit 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.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Before starting placement courses, you must obtain, and hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You may also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course. All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.

From 2017, commencing students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. Current students (enrolled prior to 2017) are also strongly encouraged to meet the LANTITE test prior to graduation as you may be asked for evidence of this when seeking employment. Refer to the 'What it costs' section for further information.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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