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.

Do you want to help young people and communities overcome challenges and empower them to reach their full potential? The Health and Social Development degree focuses on making a difference in the lives of young people (Youth Development) and improving the health and well-being of communities (Health Promotion). We have close links with cultural groups, community groups, social services and health promotion providers which means our programme addresses the current needs of our communities. Our well-informed, industry-engaged staff enjoy working alongside students to provide relevant knowledge and skills for work-ready graduates.

Early childhood teacher education 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 Māori. 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 Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ 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.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONS
Certificate in Employment Skills1Full-time for 32 weeksCareer opportunities will be developed individually, focusing on your individual preferences and strengths.
Certificate in Employment and Community Skills1Full-time for 32 weeks. Part-time study options available.Career opportunities will be developed individually, focusing on your individual preferences and strengths.
National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support4Full-time for 40 weeksMental health and addiction support worker, District Health Board (DHB) mental health and addiction support services including mobile teams, maternal mental health, Kaupapa Maori Services, Pacific Services and Forensic Services, Residential carer: adult, maternal mental health and youth, Employment services
Diploma in Sport and Fitness Education6Full-time for two years or part-time options availableFitness instructor, Regional sports trust facilitator, Personal trainer, Secondary school sport coordinator, Community sport advisor, Sport administrator, Community sport coach
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Diversional Therapy)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableDiversional therapist, Rehabilitation specialist, Community Centre support worker, Activities co-ordinator/officer, Rest home service manager, Volunteer co-ordinator or team leader
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Health Promotion)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableFamily support worker, Health promoter, Population health advisor, Community health worker, Whanau ora navigator
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Youth Addiction Support)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableAddictions practitioner (AOD - Alcohol and other drugs), Youth worker in a variety of settings, Emerging opportunities in the youth justice sector, School-based social services
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Youth Development)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableYouth centre manager, Youth Care facilities, Youth justice facilities, Community youth worker, Maori and Pasifika youth development services, Specialised youth development services, Youth Transitions
Bachelor of Sport (Coaching)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableCoaching 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)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableSport marketing coordinator, Sport facility manager, Sponsorship manager, Sport development manager, Event manager, Sport programme manager, Sport marketing manager
Bachelor of Sport (Physical Education)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availablePhysical education teacher, Community sport educator, Sport director, Sport coordinator, Community sport advisor, Education advisor for sporting organisations, Community physical activity educator
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)7Full-time for three yearsEarly childhood teacher, Head teacher in an early childhood setting, Home-based coordinator/educator, Manager in an early childhood education centre, Hospital play specialist, Nanny
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Health Science)8Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four yearsAdvanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital manager
Master of Applied Practice (Health Science)9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six yearsAdvanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital manager

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