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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Physical Education)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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

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.

This major takes an interdisciplinary approach to study. You will:

  • gain practical competency in a range of physical activities
  • enhance your critical-thinking skills
  • gain insights on movement education from a socio-cultural and biophysical perspective
  • gain a big-picture view of the potential of physical education, taught well, to be a major positive force in society.


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. 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.

Further study

You could become a primary or secondary school PE teacher, by completing Massey’s Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching. The secondary diploma qualifies you as a teacher of health and physical education.

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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