Physical Education

Qualifications

Bachelor of Sport Coaching

Physical Education

Overview

The Physical Education major is one of five majors of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree (BSpC), which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse students in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching.

Graduates will develop a valuable set of skills including knowledge of human movement, health and physical activity, awareness of the holistic nature of health and movement, interpretive and analytical thinking, leadership, organisational and interpersonal skills.

It is a popular major for students wishing to follow a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching. It supports and informs learning and skill development in the classroom. There is the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.

Why study Physical Education at UC?

  • In the third year, students will carry out a 120 hour internship, working in a school or professional sporting workplace.
  • The degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education, outdoor education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.
  • Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year will help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and provide the motivation to seek the job they want.The opportunity to specialise in one other teaching subject will also significantly increase your employability.
  • All sport coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.

Applicants under 20 must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.

Courses

This BSpC requires 360 points of courses in total, including compulsory Sport Coaching courses and 120 points towards the Physical Education major. For up-to-date course information, see the Regulations to the Bachelor of Sport Coaching.

100-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Physical Education:

200-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Physical Education:

300-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students: 

Plus these courses specific to Physical Education: 

Double majors

Double majors may be completed in any combination of the Majors of the BSpC. For any double major combination, SPCO320 Internship must be in one or more of the major areas.

Career opportunities

The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, not just in sport and related fields but also in business and corporate management.

Combined with a recognised teaching qualification, physical education opens up career opportunities nationally and internationally. You will gain transferrable skills which enable you to work in a range of jobs including primary teacher, education management, policy and planning, sports and recreation, community health, local government, sport development and coaching.

More information

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

Location
Ōrakipaoa Building, Dovedale campus - see campus maps

Postal address
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand