Course Overview

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to work in the sport and exercise industry which contributes to the wellbeing of your community? This one-year sports qualification could be the course for you.
During your study you'll build on your current knowledge of anatomy and physiology. You'll also develop your skills in things like exercise analysis and programming, critical thinking, coaching, and more. All this helps you to develop your leadership capabilities. 
This sports diploma is a pathway into the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance. This means once you complete this diploma you can continue straight into the second year of the Degree.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-sector) (Level 5)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time study available

Total credits 120
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $6,571 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Event supervisor
  • Exercise consultant
  • Hauora or health educator
  • OSCAR leader
  • Recreation supervisor
  • Recreation programme coordinator
  • Sport development officer 
  • Sport coordinator
  • Whānau Ora leader

Topics you'll cover

  • OTHH5020: Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
  • OTHH5021: Skill Learning and Technique Development
  • SPOR5016: Exercise, Sport and Recreation Planning
  • SPOR5017: Academic and Professional Skills
  • SPOR5018: Sport, Exercise and Recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • SPOR5019: Leadership in Exercise, Sport and Recreation
  • SPOR5020: Exercise, Sport and Recreation Issues in Society
  • OTHH5022: Human Anatomy and Physiology


Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $6,571 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You must have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English / Te Reo Māori, or
  • Equivalent Educational achievement, or
  • completed the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4), or
  • completed the New Zealand Certificate in Freestyle Group Exercise (Level 4), or
  • Special Admission, and
  • Satisfactory Police vetting

For applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.

Police vetting
All applicants will be required to provide a signed Police Vetting consent form. Convictions will not necessarily prevent applicants from entering the course and reviewed on a case by case basis.

Special admission
Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements may be given special admission if they can provide evidence that they are capable of achieving the course outcomes.  Special admission may also apply for applicants over 20 years.

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For Levels 5, 6 and 7 certificate or diploma, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; OR

Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

English language requirements

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language Level 4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 8 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 8 Jul 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 year full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available

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