Teachers play a big role in encouraging healthy habits and motivating our youth to be healthy and active. When you help young people to discover the fun of physical activity and the importance of being healthy – you'll be influencing their attitudes for life.

  • Study to become a specialist health, sports or PE teacher in secondary schools, with junior science as your secondary teaching area.
  • Help young people explore a range of sport and physical activities, develop self-esteem, and acquire social skills including decision-making and problem-solving.
  • 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.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the sciences behind human movement including biomechanics, motor development, skill acquisition, and exercise physiology.
  • Don't forget to have fun – learning experiences in this program have been purposely designed to be fun, involve physical activity and encourage team work.

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

  • 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.

  • Fast Facts

    Learn from the best

    UQ has been educating human movement students since 1941 and is one of Australia's leading centres for teaching and research. Our human movement researchers also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means your curriculum is informed by the very best research.

  • 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

    Join a growing profession

    Our 2014 graduates enjoyed a 100 per cent graduate employment rate. 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
    "Having the full-term placement is something I really valued as a student. I feel I am coming into my profession knowing what my workload feels like – the highs, the lows, the energy, the exhaustion – from start to finish." Isabeau Smith , BHSPE (Hons) graduate (2015)

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.  

  • In the classroom

    State-of-the-art facilities

    The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is home to excellent exercise science laboratories, including strength and conditioning labs, a dietetics demonstration space, general teaching labs, and more.


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  • Program code
  • 729402
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


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 'How to Apply' section for further information.

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:

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