Premiere week for Sport, Health and Physical Education degree

07 March 2017

The first cohort of students studying the new Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education degree have entered into their first week.

The 70-strong cohort will be the first students to discover the benefits of the three-year, interdisciplinary programme which aims to foster innovators and leaders in the growing worlds of sport, health and physical education.

The programme design lets students pick one of five specialised pathways of interest. Pathways they have the choice of studying include sport leadership and coaching, health education and promotion, sport science, health and physical education, and dance.

Students will have the option to not only study courses through the Faculty of Education and Social Work, but through the Department of Exercise Sciences and the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries.

Olivia Samiu, who completed the Foundation Certificate Education with the faculty last year, says she chose to study the programme as she is looking for a career she will love.

“I want to study something that I am truly passion about and will never get tired of doing. I grew up loving the energy and spirit of playing sports. I wasn't the best player but I enjoyed working and learning from others. One day, I hope to share my experience with young people and to help them reach and achieve their goals and dreams.”

Programme leader, Toni Bruce, says there are a range of benefits for students taking the programme. “This degree prepares students for working in a field where the number of jobs is increasing – 11.5% between 2008 and 2013 –  and where the sector contributes an economic value to New Zealand of almost $3 billion per year.

“The expectation is that graduates will become leaders in the broad fields of sport, health and physical education, no matter where their careers take them. The flexibility of the degree offers students the chance to follow their passions to work in coaching, health promotion, sport and recreation organisations, community health and dance or physical education.”

For more information, visit www.sporthealthpe.ac.nz

The first cohort of students studying the new Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education degree at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work
The first cohort of students studying the new Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education degree at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work