Health and Physical Education


A pathway in health and physical education will develop your knowledge of physical education, health education, sports, outdoor education, aquatics and games. By choosing courses in this area you will develop an understanding of pedagogy, curriculum and programme implementation in primary and secondary school contexts and will critically examine a range of contemporary issues in the fields of sport, health and physical education.


Areas of study

To complement your health and physical education focus you can choose from a range of courses across different disciplines to make up your sport, health and physical education degree. Other pathways that complement this subject include health education and promotion, sport coaching and leadership, sport science, and dance.

You can study Health and Physical Education in the following programmes:

Career Opportunities

  • Health and physical education teaching/ coordination*
  • Kaiwhakahaere working with Kōhanga / Puna Reo
  • Education consultancy for national and regional sporting organisations
  • Community physical activity coordination
  • Professional development

*To teach in primary or secondary schools, an additional teaching qualification is required.