Explore your options
Want to study sport but not sure what to focus on? With Unitec’s Bachelor of Sport you don’t need to decide until the end of year one.
Choose the coaching major and you’ll learn how to deliver sports programmes for all ages and skill levels. Perhaps you’d like to teach sport or go into physical education? The teaching major shows you how. Or if you’d rather plan and promote sporting events, the management major gives you the skills you need.
Whatever you choose you’ll benefit from amazing campus facilities including a stadium, weights room and sports fields. There’s also the Human Performance Lab where we test and research fitness and conditioning programmes.
There’s lots of hands-on practice, during tutorials, laboratory sessions and industry placements. You could be listening to a guest speaker from Auckland Rugby in the morning and coaching at a local high school in the afternoon.
Programmes and study path
|Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2) - Sport Focus||2||Full-time for 16 weeks||This programme prepares you for further study.|
|Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3): Whitinga||3||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available ||This programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.|
|Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)||4||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available||This programme prepares you ready for degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.|
|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 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|
Study sport at Unitec and you’ll have contact with sport, fitness and recreation organisations from grassroots to professional level. Some of our industry partners are based on campus or use the facilities for training – such as Auckland Rugby and the Blues, Squash New Zealand, College Sport Auckland, the NPC Rugby team and the New Zealand Women's Cricket team, and AdventureWorks NZ.
Our expert staff also work closely with stakeholders including SportNZ, regional sports trusts, and national and regional sport organisations. It’s a great opportunity for you to build experience and contacts for your future career.
As a sport student you’ll use Unitec’s gym and Sports Centre for practical sessions on exercise prescription, biomechanics and exercise physiology. You’ll use the equipment to show how different exercises affect different muscles. Studying the coaching major? You’ll use the Sports Centre's stadium to teach local school children skills like running and jumping, as well as specific sports like basketball and soccer.
Human Performance Lab
The on-campus Human Performance Lab tests fitness levels and develops conditioning programmes for athletes of all levels. Run by staff who are experts in exercise physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics, it’s packed with state-of-the-art technology. For sport students, it’s an amazing resource for you to learn more about the full spectrum of human performance.
Unitec has two sand-based sports fields with excellent playing conditions all year round. It’s a great outdoor teaching space where coaching students can teach local school children a range of sports. You might even see some well-known New Zealand rugby players from time to time.