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, lifestyle nutrition and health and wellbeing. Students get the opportunity to work in the industry two days a week to put your skills into practice and develop networks to assist you into employment. 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:

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.

Workforce Restrictions for Children's Workforce

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Qualification gained

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation – Awarded by AUT


Courses may include cooperative education, pedagogy, leadership, life style community nutrition and sport and sport health and wellbeing. There is also the opportunity to complete a special topics course. 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

Our Tutors

Our tutors love their work and what it means for community and individual health and wellness. From nutrition and skill acquisition to coaching and leadership, they all enjoy working in education and lifelong learning with a strong sense of “working all together”. NorthTec’s Sports and Recreation tutors hold qualifications in their fields at a Bachelor and Masters’ degree with some staff working on completing a Masters’ degree or PhD. With an emphasis on fun and fitness, the tutors feel the area of study has grown further into overall wellbeing rather than limiting learner activities to sport and exercise and they are passionate about sharing this with Northland.

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.




Full time/Part time


3 years full time

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Refer to AUT

Student levy may apply

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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