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Proposed New Curriculum for 2019

Wednesday 18 April 2018 4:18pm

The School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences staff are pleased to announce our new curriculum (subject to final approval). A major curriculum review such as this has not been undertaken since the 1990s. The new curriculum reflects our world-leading QS ranking of 12th, and our number 1 ranking of any department in our discipline in New Zealand. We undertook extensive consultation with stakeholder groups, students, alumni and employers to ensure we have an innovative curriculum, located in our research strengths, that meets new directions in physical education, sport and exercise sciences.

The new majors each sit within existing 3-year degree structures. There are three new majors:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Physical Education, Activity and Health
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sport Development and Management

These majors join the existing major that is hosted in the School:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Sports Technology

These new majors and degree structures will offer students clear career pathways as well as opportunities for postgraduate study.

For the first time, students now have the opportunity to take a minor from within the School. The minors are:

  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Sport Development and Management
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Sports Technology

Important Information for 2018 for Current Students

For 2018, the School is continuing with business as usual. Current first-, second- and third- year BPhEd students will continue with their BPhEd programme and major subjects in 2018.
You will be provided with information and course advising on the transition to the new programmes or continuing with the BPhEd in 2019 at the end of semester 1 (for 3rd years) and mid semester 2 (for 1st and 2nd years).

Information for 2019

The most up to date information will be provided on the website including enrolment for 2019. Subject to final approval, students will be able to begin the application process to enrol in these new majors in late August, to begin their studies in 2019.

Contact Us

All enquiries of a general nature, contact Reception
Phone: 64 3 479 8991

For all course advice and enrolment information contact the Course Adviser
Margie Lazar
Phone: 64 3 479 5263

Undergraduate course information contact the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee
Elaine Hargreaves
Phone: 64 3 479 8941

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Will I be able to switch into the new programmes in 2019?

Yes, students enrolled for the BPhEd will have the opportunity to consider switching into one or more of the anticipated new programmes if they wish. Transition information will be provided at the end of Sem 1 to mid semester 2, to help students make an informed choice.

When will the new curriculum be implemented?

Subject to final approval, the new curriculum will be implemented in Semester 1 of 2019.

How long with the new degree take me?

Under normal circumstances (i.e., a full course load, passing all papers), the new majors will be completed in three years.

Can I take double majors and minors from within the School?

Yes. You will be able to study for a double major and take minors from within the School. This is an exciting feature of the new majors where you can have “named minors”.

Can I take minors from outside of the School?

This was strong feedback from students regarding the importance of named minors. Students will have the opportunity to minor in subject areas outside of PE School as well. Some examples of the combinations are:

  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Exercise and Sport Science minor in Physiology
  • Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sport Development and Management minor in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Physical Education, Activity and Health minor in Māori studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Sports Technology minor in Statistics.

Students are encouraged to chat with staff about their possible minor options. Students will have the freedom to choose the pathways that best suits their abilities and goals.