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Undergraduate subject

Physical Education

23 November 2023
Graduates will develop a valuable set of skills including knowledge of human movement, health, and physical activity.


Physical Education



Note: This subject is not open to new enrolments. See UC's new Bachelor of Sport.

By studying Physical Education you will develop a range of professional, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that prepare you for entry into a physical education teaching qualification. These skills are also transferable across a wider range of careers in sport, health, recreation, and physical activity.

Physical Education

What will my study involve?

  • Practical courses, field trips, and a 120-hour internship working in a school or professional sporting workplace.
  • Optional courses ranging from individual and team sports, health and wellbeing, physical activity and recreation, and adventure sports.
  • This major is a recognised pathway to physical education and health teaching when combined with a one-year graduate teaching qualification.

Physical Education


Physical Education major

For the major in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching, complete the following courses:




Physical Education teaching career pathway

If you are interested in a career as a secondary school Physical Education (PE) teacher, you can follow your degree with the one-year Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning to become qualified as an Aotearoa New Zealand teacher.

Physical Education

Career opportunities

Physical Education knowledge prepares you for a variety of careers, including teaching PE, health, wellbeing, and sexuality at primary and secondary schools and beyond.

Career pathways could include:

  • primary (PE specialist) or secondary PE teacher
  • community/school PE advisor
  • sport development officer
  • sports coach.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

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