Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
088493B
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2020 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (70.00)

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. For applicants who are not Year 12 students, the assessment may include year 12 or other studies undertaken to allocate an equivalent ranking. Additionally, ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. ACU also offers approved, alternative entry pathway programs for domestic and international students.

Domestic students

Description

The Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Exercise Science is a 320 credit point double degree, taken in 4 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) designed for students wishing to pursue a career in education with a specialisation in Physical Education, Personal Development or Health Education in a secondary setting in government, non-government or independent secondary schools.

In ACT, Qld and Victoria a Bachelor of Exercise Science sequence and units are available and students have a choice of their major and minor sequences. Students are advised to select these sequences from main school teaching areas. There is also a major Education sequence.

The Bachelor of Teaching requirements foster the acquisition and development of the basic professional knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective classroom teacher. The Bachelor of Exercise Science core content provides an extensive knowledge base of how the human body works, from a psychological, anatomical, physiological, motor control and biomechanical perspective, with a specific focus on the role of exercise in health, well-being and performance.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Minor unit 1 COMM170
Interpreting and communicating ideas
LNTE110
Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC117
Leadership development in team games
Minor unit 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
 
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
Minor unit 3 EDFD177
Contexts for learning and development in a diverse society
EDFX173
Understanding the psychology of learning in diverse communities
LNTE111
Literacy and Numeracy Test
(Pre: LNTE110)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC198
Psychological bases of exercise
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of human movement
Minor unit 4 EDFX271
Creating inclusive, safe and supportive learning environments
(Pre: EDFX173, LNTE111)
 
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC392
Leadership development in physical activity
EXSC199
Psychology of sport
Major
EDPH271
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in physical education 1
Minor
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the relevant minor
 
Year 3 - Semester 2 EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
EDFX348
Engaging student learning through reflective practice
(Pre: EDFX271)
Major
EDPH472
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in physical education 2
(Pre: EDPH271)
Minor
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the relevant minor 2
(Pre: CPA 1)
 
Year 4 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EDFD472
Transition into secondary teaching
EDFD471
Assessment practices and evaluation
EDFD478
Catering for diversity and inclusion in the classroom
 
Year 4 - Semester 2 Education elective EDFX474
Transforming practice through critical enquiry and Evidence-based practice
(Pre: EDFX348, Successful completion of LANTITE requirements)
     

Note: Units for your minor or second teaching area must be chosen from an approved teaching discipline.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  3. Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8712 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

Assumed knowledge includes minimum requirements in English and Mathematics as well as in intended teaching area to be studied.

In addition applicants will be required to:

  1. demonstrate suitability for teaching;
  2. meet any additional prerequisite requirements imposed by state jurisdictions.

Applicants who do not meet state jurisdictional minimum requirements will be able to undertake approved alternative entry pathways.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Prerequisites: Nil
  • Assumed knowledge: Major in English (T) and Major in Mathematics (T)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4,SA) and Maths A, B or C (4,SA)

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English and Units 1 and 2 – two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4 Mathematics (any).
  • Assumed Knowledge: Units 3 and 4 – Mathematical Methods

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

2. Additional Approvals

All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (Qld), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 8 6
Median OP to receive an offer 15 13
Lowest OP to receive an offer 19 15
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 86 91
Median Rank to receive an offer 69 74
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 63 69
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 83.90 90.00
Median ATAR to receive an offer 71.10 77.80
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 60.55 70.20

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 16.67%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 34 43.59%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 28 35.90%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 78 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
17 36.96%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 23 50.00%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 46 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Direct Applications

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC or UAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units. Note - you may need to complete up to 8 units (equivalent to one year full-time) and achieve more than a pass grade to gain entry to this course.

Career paths

Graduates are eligible for teacher registration, and may seek employment in secondary schools in government, independent, Catholic and other faith-based schools as a PE, HOPE and HPE secondary school teacher, and also in institutes of technical and further education (TAFE), vocational education, community education centres, private colleges and inclusive education settings.

Professional experience

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period, or professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. In order to graduate, pre-service teachers must satisfy all the requirements of their program, including the professional experience requirements. The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Requirements for working with children: All students must apply for and obtain background checks as required by Federal and State/Territory laws, including the Working with Vulnerable People check, Working with Children check and National Police check, before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience Program. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Graduates with Bachelor degrees may be eligible for entry into honours courses or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through these qualifications and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

NSW Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Entry Requirements
Entry to all undergraduate teaching degrees in New South Wales (NSW) requires three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or equivalent. This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach. (see NESA website)

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) before undertaking their final professional experience placement. Learn more.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

The Bachelor of Teaching / Bachelor of Exercise Science is a 320 credit point double degree, taken in 4 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) designed for students wishing to pursue a career in education with a specialisation in Physical Education, Personal Development or Health Education in a secondary setting in government, non-government or independent secondary schools.

In ACT, Qld and Victoria a Bachelor of Exercise Science sequence and units are available and students have a choice of their major and minor sequences. Students are advised to select these sequences from main school teaching areas. There is also a major Education sequence.

The Bachelor of Teaching requirements foster the acquisition and development of the basic professional knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective classroom teacher. The Bachelor of Exercise Science core content provides an extensive knowledge base of how the human body works, from a psychological, anatomical, physiological, motor control and biomechanical perspective, with a specific focus on the role of exercise in health, well-being and performance.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 20-Jul-2020
Melbourne
  • 20-Jul-2020

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Exit Point

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualify a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  3. Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science

A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Minor unit 1 COMM170
Interpreting and communicating ideas
LNTE110
Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC117
Leadership development in team games
Minor unit 2 UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
 
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
Minor unit 3 EDFD177
Contexts for learning and development in a diverse society
EDFX173
Understanding the psychology of learning in diverse communities
LNTE111
Literacy and Numeracy Test
(Pre: LNTE110)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC198
Psychological bases of exercise
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of human movement
Minor unit 4 EDFX271
Creating inclusive, safe and supportive learning environments
(Pre: EDFX173, LNTE111)
 
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC392
Leadership development in physical activity
EXSC199
Psychology of sport
Major
EDPH271
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in physical education 1
Minor
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the relevant minor
 
Year 3 - Semester 2 EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
EDFX348
Engaging student learning through reflective practice
(Pre: EDFX271)
Major
EDPH472
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in physical education 2
(Pre: EDPH271)
Minor
Curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in the relevant minor 2
(Pre: CPA 1)
 
Year 4 - Semester 1 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EDFD472
Transition into secondary teaching
EDFD471
Assessment practices and evaluation
EDFD478
Catering for diversity and inclusion in the classroom
 
Year 4 - Semester 2 Education elective EDFX474
Transforming practice through critical enquiry and Evidence-based practice
(Pre: EDFX348, Successful completion of LANTITE requirements)
     

Note: Units for your minor or second teaching area must be chosen from an approved teaching discipline.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $93600.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an IELTS minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.. Pre-requisites may also apply for entry into some major and minor sequences.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates are eligible for teacher registration, and may seek employment in secondary schools in government, independent, Catholic and other faith-based schools as a PE, HOPE and HPE secondary school teacher, and also in institutes of technical and further education (TAFE), vocational education, community education centres, private colleges and inclusive education settings.

Professional experience

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period, or professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. In order to graduate, pre-service teachers must satisfy all the requirements of their program, including the professional experience requirements. The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Requirements for working with children: All students must apply for and obtain background checks as required by Federal and State/Territory laws, including the Working with Vulnerable People check, Working with Children check and National Police check, before they will be permitted to participate in the Professional Experience Program. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories.

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Pathways to further study

Graduates with Bachelor degrees may be eligible for entry into honours courses or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through these qualifications and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.

More course information

Non-academic assessment - suitability for teaching
Applicants who apply for entry into this initial teacher education course will be required to complete a non-academic assessment. The assessment is to demonstrate suitability for teaching and will be part of your application when applying for admission into this course. Please visit our Suitability for teaching page for more information.

NSW Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Entry Requirements
Entry to all undergraduate teaching degrees in New South Wales (NSW) requires three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or equivalent. This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach. (see NESA website)

Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Students will be required to demonstrate they have achieved approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy as demonstrated through the Literacy and Numeracy Test in Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) before undertaking their final professional experience placement. Learn more.

If you have started your ITE course at another institution and wish to transfer to ACU to complete your studies, please be sure that you have read and understand the requirements for receiving credit for previous studies and those on completing LANTITE.

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