New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Level 6)

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Take the next step after the New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Level 5) and learn additional skills with this diploma. You’ll complete courses on sport and exercise physiology, psychology, nutrition, legal and ethical principles for the industry and the role played by sport and recreation in society. You’ll also learn about advanced sports performance and exercise science.

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, Recreation and Exercise:

All credits gained in this programme credits can be used towards the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Admission information

All applicants must:

  • have successfully completed New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 5); or

  • demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge

English Language:

  • All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; or an accepted international equivalence or a qualification considered equivalent to the above.

Police check:

  • All applicants are required to authorise a Police Check for criminal convictions and disclose any pending charges 

Qualification gained

New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 6)

What you will learn

You will gain an indepth knowledge and skills required to operate in leadership roles across the sport, recreation and exercise industry. You’ll get to work in the community through work integrated research. You’ll also learn about applied anatomy, sport and exercise physiology, skill acquisition and sports psychology, law, exercise assessment and prescription as well as sport and exercise nutrition. Graduates will be able to operate within a framework of health and wellness in relation to individual, group and community needs.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Provide leadership within the sport, recreation and/or exercise industries, based on the critical analysis and application of research, concepts and trends from across the industries.

  • Role model, and mentor others in safe, ethical and professional practices and procedures within the sport, recreation and/or exercise industries.

  • Provide strategic oversight and management to ensure safe and effective delivery of tasks and activities to achieve sport, recreation and exercise outcomes.

  • Design, plan, deliver and evaluate a range of activities, programmes and/or events to meet the needs of a range of users in sport, recreation and/or exercise settings.

  • Analyse concepts and theories of exercise science to develop and evaluate health and wellness solutions to meet the needs of individuals, groups and/or communities.

  • Manage, monitor and critically evaluate coaching practice in sport, recreation and/or exercise settings to recommend improvements to coaching strategies and practices. 

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
6001 - Applied Anatomy 6 15
6002 - Sport and Exercise Physiology 6 15
6003 - Exercise Assessment and Prescription 6 15
6004 - Group and Individual Behaviour 6 15
6005 - Law and Ethics in Sport Exercise and Recreation 6 15
6006 - Sport and Exercise Nutrition 6 15
6007 - Evidence Based Practice 6 15
6008 - Skill Acquisition and Sport Psychology 6 15

How you will learn

Lectures, tutorials, practicals, workshops with independent study and flexible learning strategies - Face to Face, Distance (Online), and Blended.

Self-directed learning activities may include, but are not limited to: research, assignment completion, group work, practicals, reflection, and application of techniques.

Career opportunities

Graduates may be able to work in leadership roles such as: community sport manager; community health manager; event manager; facility manager; hauora or health exercise educator; outdoor educator; outdoor recreation manager; parks manager; recreation planner; recreation manager; sport director; sport Kairangahau; sport Kaiako; Whānau Ora manager.

Graduates may also be able to work with workplaces such as: community health providers; community sport providers; outdoor education centres; exercise facilities; iwi organisations; local councils; cultural centres; outdoor pursuits centres; primary health organisations; regional sports trusts; recreation, sport and leisure centres. 

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.

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Full time


1 year

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,720.34

Student levy may apply

International: $19,760.00

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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