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Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Health and Physical Education Major

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


AUT North Campus


Study at New Zealand's top sport and recreation university. Take your interest in sport, recreation and fitness, and create a rewarding career for yourself.

There's demand for skilled sport, recreation and fitness professionals in New Zealand and overseas. Join us and we help you develop the skills to play a key role in this exciting industry.

At AUT you have access to world-class facilities, high-achieving academics and researchers, and our outstanding workplace experience programme. Industry experience is an important part of your study, and you can choose from a vast number of host organisations.

Health and physical education is vital in helping young people develop the confidence and skills to be connected and active members of society. This major prepares you for this rewarding career.

The Health and Physical Education major is unique, integrating hauora, health promotion and the socio-ecological aspects that support health and physical education in New Zealand schools. You explore how people learn and how to support learning in health-related and movement-based subjects.

Our graduates can go on to complete a graduate diploma in teaching and join the teaching profession well-equipped to contribute to 21st century learning environments.

Key features

  • Progressive approach to health and wellbeing
  • Foundation for a career in health and physical education
  • Hands-on experience through workplace experience

Career opportunities

  • Health and physical education teacher (After completing the one-year Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching)
  • Coach with local, regional or national sports organisations
  • Health promotion educator
  • Kiwi Sport/Active Schools co-ordinator
  • Physical activity co-ordinator
  • School sports co-ordinator

Entry criteria

University Entrance or equivalent.

Must be capable of meeting the Vulnerable Children s Act (VCA Act) requirements, including police clearance

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Art History, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, Media Studies, Social Studies and either Physical Education or a subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics

English Language Requirements:

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; AUT Academic English with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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