Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Year 3 only

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After successfully completing the NorthTec Level 6 diploma, you can move to the degree for your third year. You’ll develop advanced skills in coaching and sport science, and work in the sport and recreation industry two days a week to put your skills into practice and develop networks to assist you into employment. You’ll learn to integrate disciplines of sports science at an advanced level, and explore theories of sports science, physical health and advanced coaching. By learning advanced skills, you’ll be able to reflect critically on your own practice and process complex information related to your field.

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:


Courses may include Applied Sports Nutrition, Athlete Conditioning, Food, Nutrition and Community Health, Integrated Coaching Practice, Pedagogy and Performance Sport. There are also a range of special topics that you can choose from. This is an AUT degree able to be completed at NorthTec in Whangārei.

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 New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Level 6) at NorthTec will have automatic right of entry into the third year of 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.

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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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Full time/Part time


3 years full time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):
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