Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Physical Education)

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Be a major positive force for youth with physical education

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Physical Education) will prepare you for a satisfying career working with youth in sport and exercise.

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What is it like?

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Physical Education) will provide you with the perfect foundation to use your talents in a professionally satisfying and productive way.

Physical education has long been recognised as an important part of an overall education. This major will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform and teach aspects of physical education, exercise and sport in educational contexts.

As a graduate, you’ll become knowledgeable about aspects of physical education, particularly human development, and the breadth and potential of human movement education. You will be able to demonstrate the application of key pedagogical principles in movement education especially as they relate to youth.

Gain crucial sport and education skills

This major takes an interdisciplinary approach to study. As well as gaining practical competency in a range of physical activities, you will enhance your critical skills and gain insights on movement education from a socio-cultural and biophysical perspective. You will gain an illuminating, big-picture view of the potential of physical education, taught well, to be a major positive force in society.

You will take a set of compulsory courses common to all the BSpEx majors, then select courses specific to physical education.

Hannah Kelly
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise
Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
Graduated in 2012
Physical Education and Health Teacher

“My degree at Massey has opened many windows of opportunity…”

Sport has always been a central part of my life and I wanted this passion for sport to lead me to a career where I could combine all of the aspects of modern-day sport, exercise and health in an active environment. Massey allowed me to expand my knowledge through not only theory but also using many of Massey’s facilities that allow practical experience. There is never a dull moment with the Sport and Exercise lecturers and we all share the same passion for sport and, in my case, education, making it the perfect environment for expanding knowledge and most importantly gaining the confidence I needed to further take into my career. Throughout the course I have been put out of my comfort zone and also been challenged to see physical education and health through the eyes of all cultures in New Zealand and these have been the best learning experiences yet. My degree at Massey has opened many windows for opportunity and I went on to pursue my Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) to become a Physical Education and Health teacher. My Sport and Exercise degree gave me the confidence to achieve it.


With the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Physical Education) you could go on to become a physical education teacher by undertaking one year’s further study: choose graduate diploma study in either secondary or primary school teaching programmes. The secondary diploma qualifies you as a teacher of health and physical education. Many graduates with this major become secondary school teachers in health and physical education, with opportunities for employment in New Zealand and overseas.

You may also work as a sports coordinator in a school or with local sports organisations, working alongside health workers and other educational staff.

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