Physical education

Why study Physical education?

Combine studies in physical education with primary and secondary teaching, health, student welfare, social work, and outdoor and environmental education. Study physical activity, sport and wellness, student health and welfare, adventure and outdoor pursuits, motor performance and build a relationship with nature. Contribute to human and environmental well being.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the physical and outdoor education program can work in secondary schools as specialist teachers in physical education and outdoor education. Graduates of the physical and health education program can work in primary schools as generalist teachers, in secondary schools as specialist teachers in health and physical education, or in the health, fitness and recreation industries, youth and community centres, government and private agencies.


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Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education (056794J)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 550
About this course
At La Trobe, we believe learning occurs in many settings, from the classroom to the bush to the sporting field. Through this degree, you'll qualify to teach physical education and outdoor education to secondary school students. You'll combine your studies in physical education, sport and recreation with environmental experiences such as bushwalking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing and canoeing.

In outdoor education, we offer hands-on experiences through field trips to places like the Australian Alps, the Murray basin, the Grampians and the Victorian coast. You'll also cover core fieldwork studies in outdoor leadership, safety, bush environments and naturalist subjects, along with specialised study options relating to rivers, alpine areas and rock environments.

The physical education component of this degree gives you practical skills in activities such as aquatics, fitness, gymnastics and athletics. In the final two years of your degree, you'll explore more complex concepts such as exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, movement studies and skill analysis.

You'll also undertake 80 days of teaching placement, giving you a feel for the profession and experience in a supervised environment.
English Language Requirements
An overall academic IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 with no individual score below 7.0 and a score of no less than 8.0 in speaking and listening.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 65
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 53.55
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BCC
STPM - 8
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Units 1 and 2: any two units (any study combination) from General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Units 3 and 4 (any). Units 3 and 4: minimum score of 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
Additional costs
You should allow A$1500 - A$2000 to purchase suitable outdoor field equipment such as a sleeping bag and wet weather gear. These items may be purchased from any supplier; they remain your personal property. You are encouraged to bring any camping gear you already have and to wait until you have commenced the course before buying any new gear.
Additional information
You will need to be aware of the physical components and location requirements of the course. If you have a disability, medical condition or any concerns that may affect potential participation in some of the practical components of the course, you are invited to discuss your options with the course coordinator:
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching to teach outdoor education and physical education in secondary schools.
Before applying, you are advised to seek confirmation that the course is recognised by education authorities where you intend to work.
Career opportunities
You'll be qualified to teach physical education, outdoor education and outdoor and environmental studies in secondary schools in Victoria.
You may also find employment in the outdoor education field and recreation industries throughout Australia, and in school-based programs, specialist outdoor or environmental education centres and youth and environmental agencies, or as freelance outdoor instructors.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Physical and Outdoor Education Bendigo

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Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

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Your study experience

Physical education placements

You will complete a minimum of 80 days in supervised teaching practice and field experience subjects. Gain valuable practical experience as you apply the theory learned in the classroom to the workplace.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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