OSTC Sport, Exercise and Health (Level 3)

If you’re at secondary school and want to learn some practical, hands-on skills that will help you on your career pathway, you can learn at our Otago Secondary Tertiary College (OSTC).
Interested in a career in sport, exercise and health? Then this is the perfect taster course so you can figure out which area you'd like to focus on.

  • Learn effective interpersonal communication skills and how to contribute to a team or group objective
  • Gain experience in sport, exercise and health services
  • Understand the purpose and structure of the fitness industry
  • Gain experience in planning and conducting sports coaching sessions

You will develop and implement your own personal exercise programme using our gym facilities, and learn about running a fitness centre.

You will study nutritional imbalances and how they relate to health, with practical cooking sessions. You will also learn how to plan and deliver coaching sessions to local primary school students. 

What could I do next?

You could go on to study towards:

Where could this take me?

  • Sport Performance Analyst
  • Nutritionist
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Advocate
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physical Activity Advisor
  • Sports Coach
  • Aged-Care Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Health Promoter
  • Sports Coordinator
  • PE teacher
  • Counsellor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Midwife

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.