• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Bachelor of Primary Education - Health and Physical Education from University of Canberra is an exciting four-year degree which enables you to achieve a qualification in primary teaching while gaining a specialisation in health and physical education (PE).
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 You’ll become fluent in the national literacy and numeracy curriculum for children from Kindergarten to Year 6, gaining a special understanding of the primary health, personal development and physical education program.

From your second year of study onwards, you’ll be based on-site in primary schools experiencing subjects such as English, science, maths, technologies, humanities and social sciences and, of course, health and PE first-hand as part of a selection of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) units. 

At the completion of your degree, you’ll have developed a thorough understanding of how children aged from five to 12 learn and will be ready to put your theories into practice in your first year as either a primary school classroom teacher or dedicated PE educator.

Study a Bachelor of Primary Education - Health and Physical Education from University of Canberra and you will:

  • gain appropriate scientific, literacy and numeracy knowledge
  • learn the theories and principles that are the foundation for educational practice in primary settings
  • demonstrate an understanding of student needs and differences, and the relevance of these to learning in inclusive, indigenous, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) and mainstream settings
  • plan and develop appropriate teaching activities for students from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • develop and implement effective assessment strategies and carry out evaluation of teaching programs, resources and your own teaching
  • apply the required content knowledge for all primary school curriculum areas to teaching, assessment and reporting methods, alternate/enhanced literacy and numeracy strategies, and the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning
  • reflect on your practice and experiences, and engage in a process of continual improvement.

Career opportunities

  • Primary school teacher
  • HPE teacher (Health and PE teacher)
  • Children’s sports coach
  • Principal
  • Deputy principal


This course is registered by the ACT Teacher Quality Institute (TQI) and recognised as a teaching qualification throughout Australia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      Standard eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

  • Credits
    96 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  The Practice (PCK) of Teaching English
  • The Practice (PCK) of Teaching Mathematics 
  • The Practice (PCK) of Teaching Science 
  • Planning Assessing and Reporting 
  • Teachers as Professionals 
  • Adolescent Health Issues

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission to this course is based on an entrance rank. A rank can be achieved by the following means:

  • Year 12 ATAR
  • other Australian Qualification
  • work experience
  • overseas qualification
  • All applicants will be required to complete a written statement in response to questions designed to assess their suitability for the teaching profession.
  • ACT: English & Maths (T with C minimum pass)
  • NSW: Higher School Certificate English & Maths minimum
CRICOS Code: 088693E

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28500 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Domestic: Commonwealth Support Place (CSP)

Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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