Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Year 3 only

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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.

NorthTec offers qualifications up to degree level in Sport and Recreation:

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

Admission information 

Students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Sport and Recreation at NorthTec will have automatic right of entry into this programme.

Students will be enrolled as AUT students and have full access to the AUT library and on-line support learning materials.

A police check or declaration about criminal convictions will be required.

Applicants for whom English or Māori is not their first language are required to provide proof of an acceptable pass/grade gained in an accepted English language test. For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar.

Workforce Restrictions for Children's Workforce

If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) towards a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector working directly with children, you need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field. Find out more.

Qualification gained

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation – Awarded by AUT

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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3 years full time

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Whangarei: February

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