The Faculty of Education
Bachelor of Physical Education
Bachelor of Physical Education
By studying for a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE), you can make a career out of your interest
in physical education, health education, physical activity and sport. You’ll gain specialised skills and
in-depth knowledge in the field of physical education and learn how to be an effective, inspirational
physical education teacher. The programme includes studies in expressive movement, outdoor education,
bio-physical and socio-cultural sciences, education, te ao kori, health education and sport.
Quick facts What you’ll learn General Education
Full-time: 4 years (part-time study options also Over the full programme (four years), you will The General Education programme is a valuable
available) progressively develop the knowledge and skills component within University of Auckland
required to become a competent physical bachelors degrees and has been designed to give
Taught at: Epsom Campus education teacher through lectures, assessments you knowledge and an appreciation of fields
Points per degree: 480i and practical experience. outside your main area of study. You will choose
from a range of subjects allowing you to pursue
Highlights The first year lays the foundation, involving interests in other fields and to complement your
studies in education, teaching and learning in specialist knowledge. As part of the BPE degree
• A unique programme that enables you to New Zealand, practical components associated you will study two courses from the General
develop physical education knowledge with physical education and a substantive Education programme. The General Education
together with the skills to teach in this area. knowledge base in the bio-physical and website, www.auckland.ac.nz/generaleducation
It is the only programme offered in Auckland socio-cultural sciences underpinning human contains information about the courses currently
that enables you to study teaching and movement and physical culture. available for this degree.
physical education concurrently.
Subsequent years build on this foundation, You may choose your General Education courses
• Learn best-practice physical education and
further examining research and practices relating from the following schedules: A) Music, Art and
educational theory from highly qualified,
to the pedagogy of health education and physical Contemporary Issues, C) Business and Society, E)
well-known and respected leaders in the
education. In your final year you are able to Physical Sciences, F) Mathematical and
select from elective courses to focus on specific Information Sciences, G) Communication, H)
• Strong emphasis on practical experience in areas of health education and physical education Languages.
schools, with some industry-related depending on your interests.
• A range of exciting electives to choose from
in your final year of study including: teaching
and coaching sport, health education,
recreation and lesiure.
74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
The BPE programme is based at the University’s
Epsom Campus, which has a range of specialist
facilities including a 25 metre swimming pool,
two gymnasia, a sports centre, two dance
studios, tennis courts, a fitness centre and one of
the most extensive teacher education libraries in
The campus is located less than 10 minutes’ drive
from the CBD and City Campus, and is a short
walk away from the cafés and shops of Mt Eden
village. There’s parking on campus and regular
bus services run to and from Mt Eden/Epsom
and the city.
Epsom Campus is a close-knit and multicultural
campus with around 5,000 students. Class
sizes tend to be small and there are plenty of
study spaces, computer rooms, student support
services and facilities. Other activities within
the BPE programme use nearby off-site
facilities such as local squash and badminton
courts, Mt Smart Stadium and various outdoor
Programme structure EDCURRIC 134 EDPROFST 203
The degree consists of 480 points, made up of: Expressive Movement and Physical Teaching Health and Physical Education 1
• 420 points from core courses
Develops an understanding of purposeful, EDPROFST 214
• 30 points from elective courses Assessment for Learning and Teaching
expressive physical activity that embraces
• 30 points (two courses) from the General aesthetic and inherent cultural values in learning
Education schedules for this degree dance and te ao kori. Addresses such questions Year Three
as: What knowledge do teachers need in a range In the third year you will study one course from
Year One: of aesthetic and bicultural physical education the General Education schedules available for
In your first year you will study one course from contexts to develop this work in schools? What this degree (15 points) and the following core
the General Education schedules available for choreographic skills are needed for devising courses (105 points). All courses are worth 15
this degree (15 points) and the following core aesthetic movement compositions? points:
courses (105 points). All courses are worth 15
points: EDPRAC 103 EDCURRIC 232
The Professional Teacher: Health and Physical Education Practice 4
EDCURRIC 130 Physical Education
Physical Education Practice 1 Develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes EDCURRIC 234
Introduces students to the practical foundations associated with effective pedagogical practice Physical Activity and Health
of physical education. Involves experiential through integrating research, theory and
learning including residential field-based practical experience. Addresses such questions EDCURRIC 235
as: What does it mean to be a teacher, to be a Senior School Health and Physical
experiences. Addresses such questions as: How
professional, and to establish professional Education
do I perform selected physical activities, improve
my technical knowledge of the competencies relationships in complex environments? Requires
demonstration of developing pedagogical EDCURRIC 236
required in the selected activities, analyse
practice. Teaching Outdoor Education
selected movements and provide feedback to
EDUC 142 EDCURRIC 333
Health and Physical Education in a Diverse Advanced Youth Health Education
EDCURRIC 131 Society
Physical Education Practice 2 EDPRAC 303
Introduces students to thinking critically about
Develops students’ competency and knowledge Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education. Examines
about the physical foundations of physical Practicum 2
discourses about health and physical activity
education. Emphasis is placed on experiential from historical and sociological perspectives.
learning. Addresses such questions as: Do I have EDPROFST 303
Introduces diversity as it relates to educational
the knowledge and competence to be able to Teaching Health and Physical Education 2
opportunity in Health and Physical Education.
perform selected physical activities, to apply Addresses such questions as: How are notions
appropriate technical knowledge to specific about health and physical education and Year Four:
physical activities, and to analyse selected difference constructed and supported? In the fourth year you will study the following
movements and provide feedback? core courses (90 points) as well as two elective
courses (30 points). All courses are worth 15
EDCURRIC 132 points:
In the second year you will study the following
Bio-Physical Foundations of Health and core courses (120 points). All courses are worth
15 points: Exercise and Physical Education
Introduces students to the anatomical and
physiological foundations of Health and Physical EDCURRIC 135 EDCURRIC 335
Education with particular reference to the roles of Socio-Cultural Foundations of Health and Research Study in Health and Physical
body systems in human movement. Addresses Physical Education Education
such questions as: What roles do the musculo-
skeletal systems play in movement and learning? EDCURRIC 200 EDUC 321
How do the circulo-respiratory systems work Biophysical Concepts in Physical Politics, Philosophy and Education
during rest and activity? How do the neuro- Education
muscular systems function to produce movement? EDCURRIC 430
EDCURRIC 230 Curriculum Issues in Health and Physical
EDCURRIC 133 Physical Education Ngä Käkano Education
Concepts Underpinning Skilled Movement
Introduces students to the bio-physical
EDCURRIC 231 EDCURRIC 431
Physical Education Practice 3 Physical Education Pedagogy
foundations of Health and Physical Education
including the roles of skill acquisition and
bio-mechanics in physical education contexts.
EDCURRIC 233 EDPRAC 403
Youth Health Education Advanced Health and Physical Education
Addresses such questions as: How can
knowledge of the internal and external mechanics Practicum
be applied to understand human movement?
Health and Physical Education
What is skill and how do people learn motor
“I chose this degree because I love working with young people and the course structure has a great mix of both theory
and practice. We learn to question and think critically whilst building up teaching experience through practicum.
It’s a stimulating course that interweaves teaching pedagogy throughout everything done on campus, whether in the
classroom, pool or gym. I feel confident in teaching health and physical education to a range of year levels, as
constant guidance and reference to a variety of teaching methods and strategies is provided.
The lecturers foster the concept of lifelong learning by doing research themselves, something I am considering doing
in my teaching career. But for now I’m just really excited about going teaching and inspiring students to have a
lifelong appreciation for physical education.”
Alistair Williamson is in his final year of study towards a Bachelor of Physical Education.
Elective courses may include the following: Career opportunities Money matters
The Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) will Fees for 2011 will be set late in 2010. As an
EDCURRIC 237 qualify you to teach health and physical indication, tuition fees for this programme for
Recreation and Leisure education at secondary level in schools. As it is 2010 (for a student enrolled full-time in 120
a four-year degree qualification, you will be points) were:
EDCURRIC 239 eligible for Q3+ salary status (a higher starting
Teaching and Coaching Sport salary level than a three-year degree) in the Domestic students $4,501
New Zealand school system. The BPE degree is International students $21,000
EDCURRIC 432 well-respected by secondary schools both
Research Project in Health and Physical In addition to tuition fees, students pay a
nationally and internationally.
Education student services fee and a building levy. In
Typically, graduates of the BPE teach health 2010 (for a student enrolled full- time in120
EDCURRIC 433 and physical education in New Zealand or points) these fees were:
The Health Educator overseas, but graduates have also gone on to
Student services fee $468.00
other careers in associated industries, such as
Building levy $74.40
For descriptions of the courses listed see The sports coordination and management, fitness
University of Auckland Calendar, which can be centres and personal training, outdoor and All of these fees are charged on a per point
viewed online at www.auckland.ac.nz/calendar adventure education programmes, dance basis, so students taking less than 120 points
tutoring and health education. Graduates have will pay proportionately lower fees. The above
Assessment also gone on to postgraduate study, including figures are a guide only and some adjustment
research. Many graduates of this programme for 2011 is expected.
You’ll be assessed through exams, assignments
take leadership roles within New Zealand
and practical work. Grades are awarded on an
schools and beyond. The leadership, When fees for 2011 are set,
A+ to D– scale. A variety of assessment tools
motivation, communication, management and updated information will be available at
are used including group work, practical
organisational skills you will learn, combined www.auckland.ac.nz/fees
performance tests, tests, seminars, essays,
with the prestige that a degree from The
exams and units of work including teaching
University of Auckland will give you, opens up For a true indication of how much it will cost
resources and assessment tasks. The use of
many opportunities and options. you to study, take a look at the fees for your
information and communication technology
programme, then factor in costs such as
(ICT) is incorporated into many of the
textbooks, accommodation, transport and
assessment tasks. Further study
other living expenses.
If you hold a Bachelor of Physical Education
Practicum degree you can continue with your professional For information on financial assistance and
development and maximise your career and help to fund your university study visit the
Practicum is critical to understanding what
salary prospects by completing a postgraduate Faculty of Education website.
it’s really like to be in a school and to teach.
diploma. You could then go on to study at
The idea of practicum is to give you the
masters and doctoral level. With three years of
opportunity to observe teaching, practise your
teaching experience, it is also possible to enter
own skills and discuss relevant issues with
directly into the Master of Professional Studies
in Education. See our postgraduate prospectus
First-year students undertake one two-week for more information.
block of practicum. As you progress through
the degree, you will observe and teach classes
in a range of secondary schools and related How the year is organised (2010)
industries so that you experience a range of Year One, Bachelor of Physical Education
teaching situations. Initially you will observe
small groups and work with individual pupils. Lectures 28 February - 15 March
As your skills develop, you will work alongside
CAMP 16 March - 18 March
experienced teachers, teach small groups and
take responsibility for a whole class for Lectures 21 March - 15 April
Mid-Semester break 18 April - 29 April
While in schools, you will have the support of Lectures 2 May - 20 May
associate teachers, a senior staff coordinator
and your lecturers. Study break / Exams 21 May - 27 June
In addition to practicum, you usually also Inter-Semester break 28 June - 17 July
undertake a camp in your first, third and Lectures 18 July - 26 August
fourth years, and a week on a marae in your
second year. PRACTICUM 29 August - 9 September
Lectures 12 September - 30 September
Study Week 3 October - 7 October
Semester break 10 October - 21 October
Study break / Exams 22 October - 14 November
Note: Current at time of publication but changes may occur.
How do you get in?
The information below applies to New Zealand The approved subjects are determined by NZQA Additional requirements for
and Australian citizens and permanent residents and a list is available at www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea.
(domestic students) only. International students You are strongly encouraged to take achievement
should refer to www.auckland.ac.nz/international standards as preparation for University studies. Personal references, a literacy assessment and
or call +64 9 373 7513. The guaranteed admission score for the BPE in an interview are part of the selection process.
2011 is 140.
All applicants must meet certain standards of
General admission English language proficiency. Other checks on
information Cambridge International suitability may also be required.
Minimum age To be admitted to The University of Auckland you To be admitted to this programme, students must
You normally must have reached the age of 16 must gain the University Entrance Standard (120 also demonstrate the potential to meet the New
years by 31 December in the year preceding that points on the UCAS Tariff) and be selected into a Zealand Teachers Council (NZTC) criteria for
in which admission is sought, to be eligible for programme. You will be ranked according to your provisional registration. This includes language
admission to The University of Auckland. UCAS Tariff score total accumulated over a proficiency and being of “good character and fit
maximum of six subject units at AS, A2 or A Level to be a teacher”.
English language requirements from subjects that match those of NCEA. The
You must meet certain standards of English guaranteed admission score for the BPE in 2011 Alternative pathways
language proficiency. You will meet these if is 130. If you don’t meet the admission requirements
English is your first language, or if you have a there are options, including our Foundation
New Zealand university entrance qualification International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate Education, that can help bridge you
(eg, from NCEA or CIE). To be admitted to The University of Auckland you into the Bachelor of Physical Education.
must gain the full IB Diploma (24 points) and be
If you have a qualification from an overseas
Equity groups of students selected into a programme. All applicants will be
secondary school, overseas university or other
We are committed to providing equal ranked. The guaranteed admission score for the
overseas tertiary institution of an equivalent
opportunities to all who have the potential to BPE in 2011 is 24.
nature and standard, the faculty may consider
succeed at The University of Auckland. All
this as an entry qualification (conditions apply).
faculties are committed to increasing the Guaranteed admission
participation and success of students from equity If you meet the University Entrance Standard, Recognition of previous academic study may be
groups, including students from low socio- the rank score for guaranteed admission and the given to students wishing to transfer from other
economic backgrounds, students with disabilities, other selection requirements for entrance into tertiary institutions.
Māori and Pacific students. the BPE (see “additional requirements” section),
you will be offered a place in the programme. For more information or help with understanding
Admission from New our admission requirements, contact the Student
Information Centre on 0800 61 62 63 or visit
Zealand secondary school What if you don’t achieve the
qualifications in 2010 guaranteed admission score?
If you achieve the University Entrance Standard
National Certificate of Educational but do not achieve the rank score for guaranteed
How to apply
Achievement – (NCEA) Level 3 admission into the BPE programme, your Apply online at www.auckland.ac.nz/apply_now
To be admitted to The University of Auckland you application will be given individual consideration. You will also need to complete a “Supplementary
must gain the University Entrance Standard and Information Form” which you can download from
be selected into a programme. You will be www.education.auckland.ac.nz (under Quick
allocated a rank score based on your 80 best
Special Admission Links).
If you are over 20 years of age on the first day of
credits at Level 3 or higher over a maximum of Closing date for applications: 1 December 2010.
semester and have no formal university entrance
five approved subjects, weighted by the level of
qualification, you may be eligible for Special Due to the high interest in this programme we
achievement attained in each set of credits. If
Admission. Evidence of other study or work skills strongly recommend that you submit your
you achieve fewer than 80 credits, the rank score
will need to be provided with your application. application, in full, as early as possible.
will be based on those credits you have gained at
Level 3 over a maximum of five approved Applications received after the closing date may
subjects and weighted by the level of be considered if there are places available.
achievement. For further details contact the faculty.
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