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School of Community Studies

Welcome to Community Studies! We teach a range of programmes both in Early Childhood, and Sport, Exercise and Recreation, and we’re committed to making a positive difference in the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. 

School overview

In the School of Community Studies, we provide students not only with the theory but the practical expertise required to have a better career in their chosen field. Our staff are passionate about interactive learning experiences with a core focus on being education leaders in their respective fields. 

Early Childhood Education 

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

Sport, Exercise and Recreation 

We offer a contemporary one-year diploma where students can specialise in one of three different areas, each of which is also the focus of three separate certificate programmes that are available to students who are more interested in studying within a shorter time-frame. 

Those interested in exercise will learn how to design and deliver exercise programmes to a wide range of people and groups.  

Students interested in coaching will learn how to deliver great opportunities through sport for all ages within national and regional sports organisations, sports clubs, and schools.  

And those interested in community sport and recreation will develop the skills required to integrate and facilitate the implementation of a wide range of initiatives to meet community sport and recreation objectives.

Explore your options

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
New Zealand Certificate in Exercise 5 Part-time over one year Personal trainer/fitness instructor, Gym Instructor, Recreation Centre Staff Member, Health and Wellness Coach
New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching 5 Part-time over one year Special event co-ordinator, Professional sport coach, Sport coordinator, Health and Wellness Coach
New Zealand Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Community Development) 5 Part-time over one year Recreation Centre Staff Member, Community Development Adviser, Health and Wellness Coach
New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) - Coaching pathway 5 Full-time for one year, part-time for two years Professional sport coach
New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) - Community Sport and Recreation pathway 5 Full-time for one year, part-time for two years Special event co-ordinator, Sport administrator, Sport coordinator, Community Development Adviser
New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) - Exercise pathway 5 Full-time for one year, part-time for two years Personal trainer/fitness instructor, Gym Instructor, Recreation Centre Staff Member, Health and Wellness Coach
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) 7 Full-time for three years Early childhood teacher, Head teacher in an early childhood setting, Home-based coordinator/educator, Manager in an early childhood education centre, Hospital play specialist, Nanny
Master of Osteopathy 9 Full-time for two years Registered osteopath, Osteopathic education and research

Staff