Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education

Choose Physical, Health and Outdoor Education at La Trobe

  • Lead an active lifestyle while encouraging others to participate in and learn from sport, dance, exercise, recreation and adventure programs.
  • Be equipped to design, implement and evaluate physical, health and outdoor programs in a range of educational contexts.
  • Connect to the outdoors and learn how it can affect physical education.
  • Join a niche degree from one of the largest and longest running outdoor education departments in Australia.
  • Learn how to read the Australian landscape, lead groups in outdoor environments and assess risk and ability in different contexts.

Career opportunities

When you graduate, you may find a job as a:

  • group leader
  • camp instructor
  • project lead in community and youth centres
  • youth consultant to school and government.

You may also go on to the Master of Teaching, which will equip you to teach in primary and secondary schools as a PE or health teacher (subject to VIT registration).

What you'll learn

You’ll learn leadership and teamwork, and how to apply your knowledge of outdoor environments, physiology and human movement in an educational context.

The course also covers:

  • environmental and sustainability education
  • safety and risk management
  • biomechanics
  • sport and skill analysis
  • human biosciences.

You’ll be able to identify, evaluate and apply safety planning and risk management to physical and outdoor education settings. As well as apply sound knowledge of current learning theories in the context of adolescent development.

Course structure

First year subjects

Semester 1

Semester 2

Ways of Knowing Nature

Naturalist Studies

Outdoor Living and Travel Skills

Introduction to Winter Alpine Environments

Reading Australian Landscapes

Human Biosciences
Human Biosciences AMovement Studies 1

Get more detail on the subjects you can choose in our handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.

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