Explore your options

With Unitec’s Bachelor of Sport, we help you to turn passion for sport into job opportunities. We have a range of course options to suit all sport fanatics.

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.

There’s lots of hands-on practice, during tutorials, laboratory sessions and industry placements. 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. You’ll learn in a supportive and open environment from lecturers and tutors who have a passion for and are involved with sport at all different levels.


Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
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 coachFebruary or July
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 coachFebruary or July
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 managerFebruary or July
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 educatorFebruary or July

Industry connections

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.


Sports Centre

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.

Sports Fields

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.