Health and Physical Education Major - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

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.


This is part of the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

Semester 2 papers

Year 2

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.

Year 3

Papers you study this year

Plus two optional/elective papers.

Workplace experience

In your third year you complete 350 to 400 hours in an organisation, which includes working on a project related to your major through the Cooperative Education papers. This takes approximately two days per week. Students in this major normally complete their workplace experience in a school setting.

Recent placements covered a wide range of schools, including:

  • Whangaparaoa College
  • Gladstone Primary School
  • Alfriston College
  • Wentworth College
  • Health and physical education teacher*
  • 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

*After completing the one-year Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.