Qualification

Bachelor of Education (Physical Education)*

Physical Education students running

* This programme is not open to new enrolments in 2017.

For those interested in a career as a secondary school Physical Education teacher, UC offers a pathway via the three-year Bachelor of Sport Coaching or three-year Bachelor of Health Sciences degrees followed by a one-year postgraduate teaching qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary).

Overview

‌The Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) is a four-year degree which may be awarded with honours. It is the only secondary teaching qualification in the country which allows students to graduate with the ability to teach three subjects at no extra cost.  

The UC programme is unique in the way it blends knowledge and skills in sport and exercise science with the socio-cultural and teaching aspects of Physical Education. It also allows students to combine teacher training with the study of Physical Education, outdoor education and health, with the ability to add another teaching subject as well.

Features of the Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) at UC

  • Balances theoretical study with professional study and practical experience
  • Students get 24 weeks of teaching placements over four years in primary, rural area, and secondary schools covering Years 1 to 13
  • Provides the opportunity to specialise in Physical Education and one other teaching subject, increasing employability
  • Graduates are also qualified to teach health and/or outdoor education

* This degree is not open to new enrolments in 2017. For those interested in a career as a secondary school Physical Education teacher, UC offers a pathway via the three-year Bachelor of Sport Coaching or three-year Bachelor of Health Sciences degrees followed by a one-year postgraduate teaching qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary).

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For example, applicants may want to consider the Certificate in Learning Support (CertLS) which is available by distance or the Certificate in University Preparation (CUP). For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Recommended preparation

A background in Year 13 physical education, biology, physics, chemistry, English and statistics is recommended for those interested in this degree but please see below for specific entry requirements for the BEd(Physical Education).

Specific entry requirements

Selection process

Selection for entry to the BEd(Physical Education) is based on:

  • your passion and enthusiasm for working with people in sporting and physical activity contexts
  • community involvement, communication skills and other personal qualities 
  • a police check, referees' reports and an interview.

English language requirements

Students for whom English is an additional language must provide evidence of their English language ability as follows:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0, with no individual score below 7.0; or
  • at least two years of successful study in a New Zealand secondary school, with at least ten Level 2 NCEA credits in Literacy (five reading and five writing) or equivalent. 

See the 'How to apply' section for more details.

Qualification structure and duration

The Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) requires a total of 480 points over four years covering professional studies, professional practice, PE courses, curriculum studies, education courses and courses from your elected 'other teachable subject'.  

Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Education (Physical Education)*

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
  •  
    Professional Studies
  •  
    Professional Practice
  •  
    Physical Education
  •  
    Curriculum Studies
  •  
    Education courses
  •  
    Other teachable subject
  •  
    Optional honours course (30 points)
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
* This degree is not open to new enrolments in 2017.

Subjects and courses

Areas of study

Courses are grouped by the following areas of study:

  • Professional Studies
    Lesson planning, classroom management and teaching strategies
  • Professional Practice
    Practical teaching placements in schools
  • Physical Education
    Academic PE courses
  • Curriculum Studies
    Specific curriculum knowledge for the relevant subjects
  • Education courses
    60 points of Education courses, with at least 30 above 200-level
  • Other teachable subject
    Additional subjects you could qualify to teach are:
    - Art - English - Health - International Languages - Mathematics - Music - Outdoor and Environmental Education - Performing Arts - Science with Biology, Chemistry or Physics - Social Studies with Classical Studies, Geography or History - Technology - Te Reo Māori.

Teaching placements

The degree includes 24 weeks of teaching placements over four years in primary, rural area and secondary schools covering Years 1 to 13.

How to apply

Applications open in July and close four weeks prior to the start of the programme in early February, or when places are filled. 

Download an Application for Programme Entry or phone the Contact Centre on 0800 VARSITY (827 748) to request one. For more information on the application process visit UC Education.

Further study

The College of Education, Health and Human Development has a wide range of options for graduate and postgraduate study:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) are also eligible for postgraduate study in Sports Coaching, Exercise Science or Sociology, including study at overseas institutions. 

Career opportunities

The BEd(Physical Education) gives you a recognised teaching qualification that opens up career opportunities nationally and internationally. The practical placements will thoroughly prepare you for a professional teaching career. The opportunity to specialise in one other teaching subject will also significantly increase your employability.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Physical Education), you will gain transferable skills which enable you to work in a range of jobs including education management, policy and planning, sports and recreation, community health, local government, sport development and coaching.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Physical Education.

More information

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Education (Physical Education). For more information on facilities, resources and staff, see the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

For more general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a College of Education, Health and Human Development Student Advisor (advancing students).

Rosanna Katene

Rosanna Katene

'You get to build really strong friendships with your peers...'

Haidee Tiffen

Haidee Tiffen

'New Zealand needs top-quality PE teachers...'