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.


*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
On campus


*Approximate full qualification tuition fee

What You Study

  • 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


Unit standards covered in this course

Name OSTC Health and Wellbeing Credits Level


Demonstrate knowledge of micro and macro nutrients and nutritional imbalances 3


Explain the purpose and structure of a fitness enterprise 4 3


Develop and implement an exercise plan for personal physical fitness 5 3


Plan a beginner level coaching session for sport participants 6 3


Conduct and review a beginner level coaching session 6 3
Total    26  


In most instances, study at OSTC will be fully funded, with no cost to you or secondary school. However, please note that OSTC is only funded for a limited number of places.

Additional places may be offered, however your school will be charged a fee. Please clarify any costs with your school.


How to apply

Talk to your school's careers advisor and they will guide you through the application process.

You can download the application form below, but we can only accept applications through your school – speak to your school career’s advisor. 

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014
Email: info@op.ac.nz