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Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) is a four-year undergraduate degree. The first two years of the programme provide the core foundation of the degree. Years three and four allow specialisation whereby students are encouraged to explore diverse areas including exercise and sport science, sport and leisure studies, exercise prescription and management, Māori physical education, dance, teaching and learning, and outdoor education.

It is a well established, highly respected degree, and leads to a variety of careers. The degree emphasises teamwork and helps students develop important interpersonal and communication skills, with an emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication and creative problem solving.

The programmes of study occur in a context that encourages interactions between our students and people from all walks of life - including people with disabilities, elite athletes, academics, business people, scientific and educational researchers, and researchers and individuals from various cultures.

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Major Subject Areas

For a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) degree you must major in at least one of the following subjects:

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) majoring in Exercise and Sport Science

Year Papers Points
1st year

PHSE 101  Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education

PHSE 102  Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement

PHSE 103  Movement Education: Dance and Gymnastics

PHSE 191 Human Body Systems 1 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1

PHSE 192 Human Body Systems 2 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2

STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

18 points from any degree

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

2nd year

PHSE 202  Movement Analysis and Control

PHSE 203  Exercise Physiology

PHSE 204  History of Sport

PHSE 205  Psychology of Sport

PHSE 206  Sociology of Sport

PHSE 104  Applied Physical Experiences

ANAT 250  Functional Anatomy

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

3rd and 4th year

Four of PHSE 301, PHSE 302, PHSE 303, PHSE 304, PHSE 305, PHSE 306, PHSE 314, PHSE 315, PHSE 329, PHSE 334, PHSE 335, PHSE 401, PHSE 402

54 further points from PHSE 231, PHSE 232, PHSE 235, PHSE 240, 300- or 400-level PHSE papers

126 points from any degree, including 54 points at 200-level or above (HUNT 232  Sport and Exercise Nutrition, recommended)

72

 
54

 
126

Total   504

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Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) majoring in Exercise Prescription and Management

Year Papers Points
1st year

PHSE 101  Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education

PHSE 102  Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement

PHSE 103  Movement Education: Dance and Gymnastics

PHSE 191 Human Body Systems 1 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

PHSE 192 Human Body Systems 2 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

36 points from any degree

18

18

18

18

18

36

2nd year

PHSE 202  Movement Analysis and Control

PHSE 203  Exercise Physiology

PHSE 204  History of Sport

PHSE 205  Psychology of Sport

PHSE 206  Sociology of Sport

PHSE 104  Applied Physical Experiences

ANAT 250  Functional Anatomy

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

3rd and 4th year

PHSE 311  Medical Aspects of exercise and Physical Activity

PHSE 312  Prescription of Physical Activity and Exercise

Two of PHSE 310, PHSE 313, PHSE 314, PHSE 315, PHSE 336, PHSE 401, PHSE 409

54 further points from PHSE 231, PHSE 232, PHSE 235, PHSE 240, 300- or 400-level PHSE papers

126 points from any degree, including 54 points at 200-level or above

18

18

36

 
54

 
126

Total   504

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Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) majoring in Professional Studies

YearPapersPoints
1st year

PHSE 101  Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education

PHSE 102  Biophysical Foundations of Human Movement

PHSE 103  Movement Education: Dance and Gymnastics

PHSE 191 Human Body Systems 1 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

PHSE 192 Human Body Systems 2 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

36 points from any degree

18

18

18

18

18

36

2nd year

PHSE 202  Movement Analysis and Control

PHSE 203  Exercise Physiology

PHSE 204  History of Sport

PHSE 205  Psychology of Sport

PHSE 206  Sociology of Sport

PHSE 104  Applied Physical Experiences

ANAT 250  Functional Anatomy

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

3rd and 4th year

Four of PHSE 320, PHSE 322, PHSE 323, PHSE 324, PHSE 325, PHSE 326, PHSE 327, PHSE 328, PHSE 330, PHSE 331, PHSE 414, PHSE 415, PHSE 416

54 further points from PHSE 231, PHSE 232, PHSE 235, PHSE 240, 300- or 400-level PHSE papers

126 points from any degree, including 54 points at 200-level or above

72

 
54

 
126

Total 504

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Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) majoring in Sport and Leisure Studies

Year Papers Points
1st year

PHSE 101  Sociocultural Foundations of Physical Education

PHSE 102  Biophysical Foundations of Physical Education

PHSE 103  Movement Education: Dance and Gymnastics

PHSE 191 Human Body Systems 1 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 191  Human Body Systems 1

PHSE 192 Human Body Systems 2 (for BPhEd) or HUBS 192  Human Body Systems 2

36 points from any degree

18

18

18

18

18

36

2nd year

PHSE 202  Movement Analysis and Control

PHSE 203  Exercise Physiology

PHSE 204  History of Sport

PHSE 205  Psychology of Sport

PHSE 206  Sociology of Sport

PHSE 104   Applied Physical Experiences

ANAT 250  Functional Anatomy

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

3rd and 4th year

Four of PHSE 320, PHSE 330, PHSE 331PHSE 333, PHSE 334, PHSE 335, PHSE 336, PHSE 337, PHSE 338, PHSE 339, PHSE 340, PHSE 422, PHSE 423, PHSE 424, PHSE 425, PHSE 426, PHSE 430

54 further points from PHSE 231, PHSE 232, PHSE 235, PHSE 240, 300- or 400-level PHSE papers

126 points from any degree, including 54 points at 200-level or above, (STAT 110  Statistical Methods, recommended)

72

 

 
54

 
126

Total   504

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the Bachelor of Physical Education degree programme is determined by the Physical Education Admissions Committee.
    2. The maximum number of candidates to be admitted annually to a programme of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Physical Education is 200.
    3. The Physical Education Admissions Committee shall consider applications from candidates in the following categories:
      • Entry from secondary school
      • Entry from university
      • Graduate entry
    4. To gain admission from secondary school a candidate should normally:
      1. be undertaking a full-time course at Year 13 (seventh form) level in the year of application;
      2. have achieved a satisfactory standard in four subjects (including English) for either NCEA at Level 2 or Unit Standards at Level 2 or higher.
    5. To gain entry from university a candidate must pass a minimum of 108 points in one year at university at a level to be determined by the Physical Education Admissions Committee from year to year. Where more than 108 points are taken, selection will be based on the best results from 108 points.
    6. To gain graduate entry, a candidate must have completed the requirements for a degree at a level to be determined by the Physical Education Admissions Committee from year to year.
    7. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Physical Education Admissions Committee shall have discretion to consider any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the Bachelor of Physical Education degree programme for exceptional reasons.

    Notes:

    (1) The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 15 August. Late applications will be considered only at the discretion of the Physical Education Admissions Committee.
    (2) A candidate who is offered a place in the programme must hold a recognised qualification for entry to the University at the time of enrolment.
    (3) Further information for applicants seeking admission from Secondary School is available in the University of Otago Undergraduate Prospectus.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    Every programme of study for the degree shall satisfy the requirements for at least one of the major subjects listed above.

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  3. Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
    2. With the approval of the Dean of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences a candidate may enrol for a paper at 200-level without having satisfied the normal prerequisites. In such cases the candidate shall not be credited with the prerequisite papers. A candidate may not, having passed any such paper at 200-level, enrol subsequently for any prerequisite paper from which exemption has been given.

  4. Cross Credits

    A candidate who is enrolled for two degrees concurrently, or who has completed one degree and is proceeding with the other, may cross credit 100- and 200-level papers which are common to both degrees up to a maximum of 180 points.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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