About this programme

This programme provides students with an academic pathway into the sports science industry. More than 1700 Northlanders are employed in the sport and recreation sector, making it Northland’s 7th biggest industry by employment.

The Sport and Recreation programme at NorthTec offers three qualifications over three years:

  • After one year of study: Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Level 5) (NorthTec qualification)
  • After two years of study: Diploma in Sport and Recreation (NorthTec qualification)
  • After three years of study: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (AUT qualification)

What you will learn

This AUT degree, offered by NorthTec, teaches you advanced skills in coaching and sports science, including applied sports, pedagogy and leadership. By working in the sport and recreation industry two days a week, you will not only pick up practical skills and work experience, but will also gain valuable networks to assist you into employment after graduation.

You will learn to:

  • Integrate disciplines of sports science at an advanced level
  • Explore the sports science, physical health and advanced coaching theories
  • Gain valuable networks by working in the sport and recreation industry for two days a week
  • Reflect critically on their own practice
  • Think and process information at a higher level

Students will study a combination of courses, which may include:

  • Analysing Performance
  • Applied Sports Nutrition
  • Athlete Conditioning
  • Cooperative Education 1 and 2
  • Food, Nutrition and Community Health
  • Integrated Coaching Practice
  • Leadership
  • Pedagogy
  • Performance Sport
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Special Topics

Career opportunities

  • Sports marketing analyst
  • Sports sponsorship company
  • Active schools coordinator
  • Regional event manager
  • Sports research scientist
  • High performance coach/trainer

English Language requirements:

  • An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years.

Great Nation NZ offers practical guidance to students on enrolling for the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation course at the NorthTec in New Zealand. To avail of our coaching contact us by filling out the contact form on this website, calling us or walking into one of our centers.