The Bachelor of Education Studies, Bachelor of Health Sciences requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law.

This double degree is only available to transfer into after at least 72 units of study have been attempted (excluding topics for which a Withdraw, Not Fail (WN) has been recorded) in either the Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary Schooling), Bachelor of Health Sciences (for students who commenced in 2016 or earlier); or Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Health Sciences (for students commencing from 2017).

Students who complete this degree will NOT meet the professional experience requirements to qualify for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

Students in the Bachelor of Education double degree programs with Health Sciences as listed above are reminded that they may choose to exit with either a Bachelor of Education Studies after 108 units or they may be eligible to transfer to the 108 unit Bachelor of Health Sciences and apply for credit for topics already completed.

Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates who:

  • contribute to the development of social, ethical and cultural sensitive solutions to complex problems for the benefit of society;
  • have the cognitive skills to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge;
  • are able to apply their knowledge creatively and skilfully in a variety of settings;
  • are able to communicate effectively;
  • are able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • have the capacity to undertake ongoing study through a variety of pathways;
  • have developed knowledge and skills in at least two school curriculum learning areas.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • apply a strong contextual social health perspective to a variety of professional settings;
  • use critical analysis and problem solving skills to develop, plan and implement innovative solutions within a diverse range of health and education professional sectors;
  • apply educational theory, knowledge and understanding to make informed professional judgements in diverse educational situations;
  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a range of purposes about matters relevant to the education of children and young people;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills that provide a foundation for being able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve high quality, equitable outcomes for young people and the wider community;
  • acquire a knowledge and understanding of the content, context and processes of learning and teaching;
  • use a wide range of literacies with confidence and competence;
  • develop the metacognitive skills to engage critically in the complex thinking required in learning and teaching;
  • establish a firm educational foundation for ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education Studies, Bachelor of Health Sciences, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, as follows:

  • 45 units of Education (EDUC) topics, comprising 9 units of first year topics and 36 units of upper level topics as follows:

Year 1 topics

 EDUC1120  Teaching and Educational Contexts  (4.5 units)
 EDUC1223  Middle Schooling Philosophy and Pedagogy  (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

 EDUC2320  Learners and their Development - Middle and Secondary Schooling  (4.5 units)
 EDUC2420  Teaching Indigenous Australian Students  (4.5 units)

Year 3 and 4 topics

 EDUC3526  Literacies Across the Curriculum in the Middle and Secondary Years  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3620  Relationships for Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3628  Numeracy and ICT Across the Middle and Secondary Curriculum  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4720  Differentiation for Diverse Learners (Middle and Secondary Schooling)  (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units from:

 EDUC3626  Contemporary Issues in Middle Schooling  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3627  Contemporary Issues in Secondary Schooling  (4.5 units)

Plus select 4.5 units from:

 EDUC4835  Educating Gifted and Creative Learners  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4836  Partnerships, Parents and Participation  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4837  Researching with Young Children  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4840  Myth, Magic & Mystery: Psychological Insights into the World of the Child  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4841  Teaching and Living in Rural Communities  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4842  Promoting Positive Peer Relations & Wellbeing: Reducing bullying amongst children and young people  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4844  Leading Literacy Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4846  Holistic Teaching and Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4847  Positive Mental Health in School Communities  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4850  Special Interest in Education  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4850A  Special Interest in Education  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4881  Studies of Asia Across the Curriculum: An Introduction  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9701  Effective Use of ICT for Learning and Teaching  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3534  Introduction to Sport Coaching, Management and Administration  (4.5 units)
 VISA3404  Visual Thinking and Creativity  (4.5 units)

 HLTH1003  Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1004  Human Bioscience  (4.5 units) 
 HLTH1101  Health Promotion for Health Professionals  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1305  Health Practitioner Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 HLTH1306  Health Practitioner Practice 2  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2101  Critical Social Analysis of Health  (4.5 units)
 HLTH2105  Health: A Psychological Perspective  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3102  Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units)
 HLTH3105  Quantitative Methods for Social Health Research  (4.5 units) 
 HLTH3106  Health Work Internship  (4.5 units)

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same EDUC or HLTH topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

Health Education Major

Year 1 topics

9 units comprising:

 HLPE1540  Foundation Studies in Health Education  (4.5 units)
 HLPE1541  Social Determinants of Health  (4.5 units) 

Year 2 topics

13.5 units comprising:

 HLPE2540  Theories and Practices of Health Promotion  (4.5 units)
 HLPE2541  Sexualities and Sexual Health  (4.5 units)

Plus one of

 HLPE2542  School Health Promotion - Nutrition and Physical Activity  (4.5 units) 
 HLTH2106  Project Management for Health Promotion  (4.5 units)

Year 3 topics

9 units comprising:

 HLPE3540  Drugs, Politics and Public Health  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3541  Mental Health and Wellbeing  (4.5 units) 

Year 4 topics

4.5 units comprising one of:

 HLPE3542  Media Advocacy and Policy Change  (4.5 units) 

 OR an approved HLTH topic

Physical Education Major

Year 1 topics

9 units comprising:

 HLPE1530  Foundation Studies in Physical Education  (4.5 units)
 HLPE1531  Inclusive and Adaptive Practices in Sport and Physical Education  (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

13.5 units comprising:

 HLPE2530  Physical Activity and Health  (4.5 units)
 HLPE2531  Sport and Physical Education  (4.5 units)
 HLPE2532  Exercise Physiology for Physical Educators  (4.5 units)

Year 3 topics

9 units comprising:

 HLPE3530  Sport in Society  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3531  Skill Acquisition and Biomechanics for Physical Educators  (4.5 units) 

Year 4 topics

4.5 units comprising one of:

 HLPE2541  Sexualities and Sexual Health  (4.5 units)
 HLPE2542  School Health Promotion - Nutrition and Physical Activity  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3532  Introduction to Outdoor Education  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3533  Applied Exercise Science  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3534  Introduction to Sport Coaching, Management and Administration  (4.5 units)

Teaching Minor

Students undertake an 18 unit teaching minor from either Group A or Group B

Group A

Students must choose 18 units from one of the following teaching minor areas consisting of:

  • 9 units of Year 1 topics; and
  • 9 units of Year 2 or Year 3 topics


Group B

Students must choose topics from at least two of the following science teaching minor areas to complete 18 units in total of Year 1 science topics:

*Phasing out Teaching Minor areas - for pre-2011 students only

#Phasing out Teaching Minor area - for pre-2015 students only

^Phasing out Teaching Minor area - for pre-2017 students only

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