Bachelor of Sport & Recreation

With the sport and recreation industry supporting more than 30,000 jobs in New Zealand alone ranging from sports administrators to personal trainers, your career prospects are great! You'll spend lots of time at sport organisations and recreation centres, getting industry knowledge and making valuable contacts.

AUTToi Ohomai Institute of Technology, in partnership with Auckland University of Technology (AUT), delivers the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at the Windermere Campus in Tauranga.

A Bachelor of Sport and Recreation from AUT is a highly respected and recognised qualification which opens many doors for employment in this fast growing, diverse industry.

Content Details

Topics include anatomy and physiology, nutrition, exercise prescription, coaching, outdoor leadership, personal training, legal issues, event management, sports psychology, and athletic conditioning.

A new paper even gives you the option of studying sport performance analysis – providing play by play live feedback to enhance individual or team performances.

You’ll also enjoy field trips to the Ruapehu ski fields, the AUT Millennium Institute of Sport and Health, and the University of Auckland anatomy labs.

Year One

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
  • Nutrition, Activity and Health
  • Managing Sport and Recreation
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Coaching Practice 1
  • Outdoor Leadership

Year Two

  • Sport and Recreation in Society
  • Industry Experience and Research
  • Legal Issues for Sport and Recreation
  • Applied Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity and Health

Electives – choose two:

  • Human Movement Studies
  • Personal Training
  • Coaching Practice 2
  • Sustainable Sports Event Management
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year Three

  • Co-operative 1
  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Leadership in Sport and Recreation
  • Co-operative 2

Electives – choose two:

  • Integrated Coaching Practice
  • Food, Nutrition and Community Health
  • Analysing Performance


Planned intakes*: March
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Three years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes are scheduled for approximately 20 hours per week usually between Monday and Friday. You will be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time. Part-time study options may be available.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students Year One $5,992.00 plus $130.00 course related costs

2018 domestic students Years 2 and 3 - fees vary depending on electives chosen. Please enquire.

2018 international students $29,200.00 per year

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Auckland University of Technology Bachelor of Sport and Recreation (Level 7)

Career Opportunities

This highly respected qualification opens the doors to employment in the exciting and diverse sport and recreation industry. Graduates work with amateur or professional sportspeople, community recreation and health organisations, in secondary school PE departments, or for a growing range of fitness centres.

It’s an exciting industry to be in because it’s always changing. Sport is getting more professional and the Government is investing in community recreation and health organisations to combat the growing number of health and obesity issues facing the general population.

Graduates can work as trainers for sports teams or athletes, fitness centre instructors, health consultants, event or facility managers, sports coaches or managers, personal trainers, school sports co-ordinators, or school PE teachers following post-graduate training.

Potential Employers

  • Community Health Organisations (e.g. Heart Foundation)
  • Sports Organisations (e.g. BOP Rugby Union)
  • Schools
  • Fitness Centres
  • Sport and Recreation Centres
  • Local Authorities

Entry Criteria

To be admitted to an Auckland University of Technology undergraduate degree, a student must have university entrance. An applicant may be granted university entrance under one of the following categories:

  1. Achievement of NCEA Level 3
  • (42 credits at level 3 or higher and 20 credits at level 2 or higher)
  • 14 credits in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects
  • The remaining credits to achieve NCEA Level 3 may come from either achievement or unit standards
  • UE numeracy – 10 credits at level 1 or higher from specified achievement standards or three specific numeracy unit standards.
  • UE literacy – 10 credits (five in reading and five in writing) from:
    • Specific level 2 and higher achievement standards, or specific Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira level 2 standards, or
    • Two specific level 4 English for Academic Purposes unit standards, or
  1. Discretionary entrance

Discretionary entrance is based on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 2 (or equivalent). It is available to applicants who have attained a high level of achievement in year 12 who wish to undertake university study.

To be considered for discretionary entrance, applicants must be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident, over the age of 16 years and under the age of 20. Australian applicants' most recent schooling must have been in New Zealand. Discretionary entrance is not available to international students.

Applicants must have completed secondary schooling to at least New Zealand year 12 level (or its equivalent overseas). Students who have undertaken year 13 study beyond 1 June in any year are ineligible to apply in the same year but may be considered for mid-year admission in the following year.

An applicant will:

  • By the end of year 12 have completed four subjects at level 2 of the NCEA (or its equivalent), each with a minimum of 14 credits and a grade average of at least 60 and include some merit and/or excellence credits, and
  • Have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for university entrance (or their equivalents), and
  • Obtain a recommendation from their school principal or other suitable person, and
  • Be required to attend, if necessary, an interview with a programme advisor for the relevant programme of study.

All applicants for discretionary entrance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Admission at entrance level (ad eundem statum)

An applicant will be considered for ad eundem statum admission if they:

  • Have successfully completed a recognised foundation programme, or other recognised tertiary qualification / study of at least 120 points (in one course of study) at level 3 or above.
  • Have qualifications from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution deemed by the university to be sufficient for entry into an undergraduate degree programme.

Applicants will be required to supply an official academic transcript with their application.

  1. Special admission

If a student does not hold a university entrance qualification, but is a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident and has attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which the programme commences, they may apply for special admission.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.