Intakes: 

2020: February, July

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2020: A$13,700*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Turn your passion for physical activity and sport, and your ability to inspire others, into a lifelong career, with our Bachelor of Physical Education & Sport Science in Melbourne.

In our top-rated physical education and sport science program you’ll study a range of subjects across disciplines such as:

  • games and sports
  • skill acquisition
  • motor development
  • inclusive physical activity
  • anatomy
  • kinesiology
  • health
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics
  • individual fitness activities
  • aquatics and athletics
  • nutrition.

Victoria University has been ranked number 12 in the world for sport science (Shanghai Rankings 2018).

Our ground-breaking research, world-class facilities and partnerships with some of the world’s top sporting clubs have rocketed us to this position in 2018–19.

Studying with us means you benefit from all of the opportunities that come with our elite status – learning from academics who are connected with top organisations, researching with national sporting bodies and accessing our cutting-edge sport-science equipment.

Our practice integrated learning gives you practical experience through sporting, health and education organisations.

We have over 200 partnerships, including with:

You'll graduate career-ready in the health and fitness industry.

You can also progress to a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) or Master of Teaching (Primary Education) to teach health, physical education and your choice of a third teaching method.

Our Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program supports secondary-school students to achieve their aspirations in sport.

It is available to all secondary-school students and their teachers. 

If you’re a student with a passion for sport, it gives you invaluable experience and industry links. You’ll be offered a pathway to additional qualifications, tertiary study and workplace opportunities.

The College of Sport & Exercise Science has a $68 million high-technology teaching and research facility at Footscray Park.

Our 29 new labs are fitted with the latest technology and equipment. They are used by professional sports team and community organisations. Facilities include biomechanics, biochemistry, and exercise physiology labs, and our Altitude Hotel.

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Our partnership with the Western Bulldogs means you could do practical learning there as part of your Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science.

Careers in sport and physical education

Graduates of this course can pursue careers in a number of related fields, including:

  • physical education
  • sport science
  • fitness
  • health
  • exercise rehabilitation
  • coaching.

Aim for a career as one of the following:

Salaries

After completion of a Master of Teaching (Secondary) or (Primary) to become a PE teacher, you could earn around A$78,000 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport Science, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 144 credit points of Professional Core units
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies from the approved list

First Year Core

Professional Core

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills from the health, physical education and sport science to become a leader in their area of expertise;  
  2. Analyse and evaluate theoretical knowledge and technical information from physical education and sport science research to develop knowledge and understanding of professional identity and discipline specific requirements and as a basis for independent lifelong learning;  
  3. Evaluate and apply information to creatively solve problems related to professional practice, including developing appropriate activities for participation in physical education and sport in contemporary settings;  
  4. Operate as an independent and collaborative professional who can clearly and coherently communicate physical education and sport science knowledge and ideas;  
  5. Design evidence-based practice to deliver innovative programs in physical education and sport science;  
  6. Interpret a variety of physical education and sport science related issues and evaluate professional, evidence-based approaches to address the specific issues; and  
  7. Adapt knowledge and managerial skills to make decisions that provide inclusive, sustainable and culturally relevant outcomes to issues in physical education and sport science.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Students will require a Working with Children Check and National Police Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site links to obtain additional information:
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

The Gordon

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.