Bachelor of Applied Science

This highly regarded degree is based around practical experiences and problem-based learning. You’ll develop skills and understanding in sport, exercise, and health, as well as communication, academic writing, and project management. You will complete practical community projects and gain real-world industry experience within your chosen field to deepen your knowledge.

About the programme 

Are you passionate about sports, exercise or health? Do you like working with people? Do you want to help others improve their lives to reach their potential? 

This highly-regarded degree is based around practical experiences and problem-based learning. You'll develop skills and understanding in sport, exercise and health, as well as communication, academic writing, and project management. Plus, you'll complete practical community projects and gain real-world industry experience within your chosen field to deepen your knowledge. 

First year courses include Bioscience; Introduction to Sport; Introduction to Exercise; and Introduction to Health. You'll also complete your first community project. During your second year, you'll choose to study Advanced Sport, Advanced Exercise, Advanced Health or Advanced Massage, and complete a second community project. Your third year will focus fully on your final and major community project.  

If you choose the massage and health specialities, you'll complete the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage as your first year of study. You'll then continue into the second year of this programme. Upon graduation, you'll meet the requirements for registration with Massage New Zealand (MNZ) as a massage therapist specialist in rehabilitation.

Those who choose to study the exercise specialty will be able to apply for registration with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) after they graduate. 

Graduates can expect to gain employment as competent practitioners within professional organisations. This might include government or non-government sport, exercise and health settings such as regional sports trusts, commercial gyms, teaching, health promotion organisations and sporting organisations.

Studying part-time 

We know that full-time study isn't always possible. We offer part-time study options for this programme - talk to us about what would suit you best!

Courses

Within this programme you will develop skills and knowledge in sport, exercise and health, as well as communication, project management, academic writing. You will develop relationships within industry and be able to explore your learning needs and guide your final project year.

Year 1
Course Level Credits
Bioscience 5 15
Introduction to Sport 5 30
Introduction to Exercise 5 30
Introduction to Health 5 30
Community Project One 5 15
Year 2
Course Level Credits
Choose two from:
  • Advanced Sport
  • Advanced Exercise
  • Advanced Health
  • Advanced Massage
6 30
Community Project Two 6 60
Year 3
Course Level Credits
Community Project Three 7 120

* Prerequisite of New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5) or equivalent qualification and/or experience is required to take this elective.

Further study options

Widen your career options with postgraduate study. We offer the following postgraduate programmes with specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning and Exercise Leadership:  

We also the Master of Professional Practice

Otago University offer the Master of Public Health, Physical Education or Teaching. Massey University offer the Master of Sport and Exercise, Public Health or Health Science. And the University of Auckland offer the Master of Health Sciences or Science.

So, there's plenty of options!

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.