Practice Pathway overview

Staff who teach Unitec’s Sport programmes teach, coach and research in the field of sport management, physical education, coaching and sport and exercise science. Our range of on campus facilities, including a gymnasium, fitness centre and human performance lab, help us to provide our students with a research-informed, practice-based learning approach. Along with close links with community and professional sports organisations, this way of learning gives our students the skills they need for a better career in the sport industry as physical education teachers, event managers, coaches, sport marketers and sport science professionals.

With Community and Health Services, our programmes focus on physical and mental wellbeing including youth work, health promotion, not for profit management, counselling and social and community work. Our close links with the health, disability and community sectors, Tangata Whenua and social and healthcare providers means what we teach reflects the real challenges our communities face. Our staff provide students with industry relevant support as many of them still work in the sector as consultants, mediators or volunteers.

Early childhood teacher training is practical and hands-on. Students build up experience and confidence working in early childhood centres weekly and through full-time placements. They’ll also get a good understanding of Te Reo and Tikanga Maori. This way of learning means our students are work-ready and by the end of the programme, eligible to apply for teacher registration with the New Zealand Teachers Council.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS
Certificate in Employment Skills 1 Full-time for 34 weeks Career opportunities will be developed individually, focusing on your individual preferences and strengths.
Certificate in Employment and Community Skills 1 Full-time for 34 weeks Career opportunities will be developed individually, focusing on your individual preferences and strengths.
Certificate in Community Skills 4 Full-time for one semester or part-time for up to three years Community educator, Community worker, Group facilitator, Volunteer, Youth worker
National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support 4 Full-time for 40 weeks Mental health worker
Diploma in Sport and Fitness Education 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Fitness instructor, Outdoor pursuit instructor, Personal trainer, Secondary school sport coordinator
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Diversional Therapy) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Activities co-ordinator or therapist, Activities officer, Community support worker, Service manager, Diversional therapist, Drama, music or play therapist, Recreation officer, Volunteer co-ordinator or team leader
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Health Promotion) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Administrator or manager in health and social development organisations, Community advisoror community support worker, Family support worker, Health promoter, Health protection officer, Hospital service administrator, Public health manager or administrator, Public sector worker, Service coordinators
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Youth Addiction Support) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Addiction practitioner, Child and youth support worker, Addictions support worker, Addictions counsellor, Student assistant, Support worker, Youth coordinator, Community support worker, Family support worker
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Youth Development) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Learning and development specialist (youth focus), Manager and/or facilitator of government or community funded projects relating to youth development, Residential manager, supervisor or facilitator for youth in care., Youth advocate, Youth and community facility manager, Youth development advisor, Youth worker
Bachelor of Sport (Coaching) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Coaching director, Fitness centre manager, High performance manager, Outdoor pursuit instructor, Personal trainer/fitness instructor, Player/athlete development manager, Professional sport coach, Sport development manager, Strength and conditioning coach
Bachelor of Sport (Management) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Event manager, Fitness centre manager, Sponsorship manager, Sport development manager, Sport marketing coordinator, Sport programme manager
Bachelor of Sport (Physical Education) 7 Full-time for three years or part-time options available Physical education teacher, Community sport educator, Sport director, Sport coordinator
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) 7 Full-time for three years Early childhood teacher, Head teacher in an early childhood setting, Home-based caregiver, Manager in an early childhood education centre
Graduate Diploma in Higher Education 7 Part-time for two years or full-time for one year This programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field.
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) 8 32 weeks part-time Increase your teaching expertise in digital technology.
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management 8 Full-time for six months or part-time for one year Educational leader or manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Health Science) 8 Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four years Advanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Education 8 Full-time for one year or part-time for two years Educational leader or manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management 8 Full-time for one year or part-time for two years Educational leader or manager
Master of Applied Practice (Health Science) 9 Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years Advanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital manager
Master of Education 9 Full-time for two years or part-time for four years Gain the knowledge and understanding needed to advance your career in the education sector.
Master of Educational Leadership and Management 9 Full-time for two years or part-time for four years Gain the knowledge and understanding needed to advance your career in the education sector.

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