Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Applied Science



Three years full-time; part-time options

Blended, distance

by 30 November (preferred). Late applications will be accepted until start date of programme if places available.
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    14 May 2019 - 1 June 2019
    16 April 2018 - 27 April 2018
    1 October 2018 - 12 October 2018
With specialties in Personal Training, Sport and Exercise, and Health (Physical and Nutrition)

This contemporary degree is based around practical experiences and problem-based learning. Learn in partnership with the teaching staff to develop and build your learning pathway. Gain 'real world' industry experience and take part in community projects with the support of staff. This degree will allow you to develop the transferable skills that make you work ready.

Graduates of this programme can expect to gain employment at competent practitioner level within a professional organisational setting. This may include government or non-government sport, exercise or health settings. You will be trained broadly as sport, exercise and health practitioners in addition to completing industry projects within your chosen field of practice.

Graduates who choose to study the sport and exercise specialty will meet the registration requirements for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

2018 domestic fees (indicative)
  • First year - $6,928 
  • Second year - $7,088 
  • Third year - $7,440
Entry requirements
Academic Qualification Criteria

NCEA Level 3

  • Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of:

14 credits each, in three approved subjects

  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above , made up of:

5 credits in reading

5 credits in writing

  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or

unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

A qualification at Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) equalling 60 credits or more completed
within one year.

This may be achieved through successful completion of a pre-entry programme such as the Certificate in Health at
Otago Polytechnic; completion of pre-entry qualifications does not guarantee automatic entry into this programme. 

University study Successful completion of courses equating to 50% of first year learner workload completed within one year.
Other Equivalent professional experience.

Additional criteria

  • All applicants who are accepted must obtain a First Aid Certificate, and complete the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 (including police vetting), prior to commencing classes.
  • International learners are also required to achieve a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 IELTS, with no individual band score less than 5.5, from one test taken in the preceding two years, or equivalent.
  • Applicants who meet the entry criteria become eligible for selection.  
Selection criteria

Where there are more applicants than places, an interview panel consisting of a member of the Bachelor Leadership Team and relevant academic staff will interview and select applicants, with candidates prioritised on the basis of strength of academic record. 

Applicants who do not meet the entry or selection criteria will be directed to a path of study to help prepare them for application in the future. 

Pathways into this programme
Additional costs

Learners are expected to purchase a uniform ($200) - this is important for industry placements. In addition, it is suggested that you have your own laptop/tablet that you are able to bring with you.

Your workload

This is a full time programme of study and students are expected to complete 35 to 40 hours per week.  Approximately ½ of this is face to face in the first year of study.

Programme structure

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





Year 1

Personal Development



Introduction to Sport



Introduction to Health



Introduction to Exercise



Community Project One



Year 2

Choose two of:

Advanced Sport



Advanced Health



Advanced Exercise



Community Project Two



Year 3

Community Project Three



Further study options

It is expected that graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science will be able to gain entry into relevant postgraduate qualifications (dependent on meeting programme-specific entry criteria). Programmes include the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science; Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science; Master of Applied Science; or Master of Professional Practice at Otago Polytechnic; Master of Public Health, Physical Education or Teaching at the University of Otago; Master of Sport and Exercise, Public Health or Health Science at Massey University; or Master of Health Sciences or Science at the University of Auckland. 

Links to useful websites
Student loans/allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. Visit the Capable NZ website. 


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.

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