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Study sport

Sport, Exercise and Recreation

Are you passionate about active health and fitness? Whether you're interested in personal training, community sport and recreation, or sport coaching, Unitec’s range of programmes will set you up to discover, or even create, your dream job in this fast-moving and exciting industry.

Explore your options

The sport, recreation and exercise industry is booming! In Aotearoa alone, over 31,000 organisations employ over 100,000 people (not to mention over 1 million volunteers) in sports-related jobs every year. Our staff also work in the industry in many different and exciting ways, which is why Unitec is best placed to help you turn your passion for sport into real-world job opportunities. 

We offer programmes in three distinct pathways. In each pathway, you can either start with a Diploma, or a shorter Certificate programme. Once you complete the Certificate, you’ll be able to also complete the relevant Diploma pathway by taking an additional 4 courses. 

Exercise

Here, you’ll learn how to create and deliver personalised exercise programmes, how to adapt these for small-groups, and how to turn your passion into a business. 

By completing either the Certificate or the Diploma, you'll be eligible to apply for a listing on to the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

Community sport and recreation

Here, you’ll learn about how community sport and recreation currently operates in Aotearoa New Zealand, and develop the skills required to engage with people and groups to meet their community sport and recreation goals. 

Sport coaching

Here, you’ll learn about best practice coaching techniques and strategies, and how to put them into practice by coaching individuals and teams within specific sport codes.

Delivery and campus facilities

At Unitec, learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Whichever pathway you choose, you'll get plenty of hands-on experience during tutorials, laboratory sessions, and industry placements, and you’ll have access to campus facilities such as:

  • Gym and sports centre: 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, and the stadium to teach local school children skills like running and jumping, as well as specific sports like basketball and soccer.
  • Sports field: Unitec has two sand-based sports fields which are used all year round. It’s an outdoor teaching space where 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.

 

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 START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Sport, Recreation and Exercise 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for study toward a career in exercise, sport coaching, and community sport and recreation February or July
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 February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Sport Coaching 5 Part-time over 1.5 years Special event co-ordinator, Professional sport coach, Sport coordinator, Health and Wellness Coach February or July
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 February or July
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 February or July
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 February or July
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 February or July