Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 4)

Location

Dunedin

Duration
One year full-time
Delivery

On campus

Credits
120
Level
4
Start
February 2018
Apply
by 30 November (preferred). Applications accepted until start date if places available
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to enter an entry-level role across the sport, recreation and exercise industries. 

This Certificate offers a combination of practical experiences along with the underpinning theory taught in an exciting and interactive manner. Successful completion could lead to employment in a variety of jobs such as a community educator, entertainment venue worker, event crew member, exercise assistant, holiday programme worker, Kaitautoko, OSCAR facilitator, recreation activity assistant, recreation assistant, sport assistant or Whānau Ora facilitator.

Alternatively, upon successful completion, you will hold the entry requirements for our Bachelor of Applied Science degree which can lead to more advanced roles within the sport, exercise and health industries. 

Entry requirements
  • Open entry. 
  • You will be required to meet the requirements for the Vulnerable Children's Act before working with any childern under the age of 18. 
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.0, issued within the last two yeas, or equivalent.  
Selection criteria 

If there are more applicants than places, applicants who have 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 (with at least 8 in an English-rich subject) will be given preference. Applicants may also be required to provide evidence (via a logbook) of recent participation in the sport, recreation and/or exercise industries.

Additional costs  

You will need to purchase a uniform to wear in the community and when you are working with clients. It is also advisable to have your own laptop/tablet to help with your learning. 

Your workload  

This is a full-time programme and you will be expected to complete 30-40 hours per week of study, both in class and via self-directed study.

You will study  

The programme is made up of eight 15-credit courses, where four will be taught each semester, and you will gain experience in local sport, recreation and exercise industries. Every course is compulsory, and there are no pre-requisites or co-requisites courses.  

Semester 1

Course description

Level

Credits

Anatomy and Physiology

Develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology and how it applies to movement and fitness assessment 

4

15

Exercise Prescription

Understand the fundamentals and how to prescribe to meet the needs of the client group

4

15

Coaching

Demonstrate the integration of the theory of coaching into your practice, including an understanding of pedagogy and movement analysis

4

15

Project – Working with a Group

Apply the underpinning theories and concepts of exercise prescription, coaching and health promotion to a group

4

15

Semester 2

 Course description

Level 

Credits 

Exercise Science

Identify and apply the principles of nutrition, biomechanics and psychology to meet the needs of those participating in physical activity

4

15

Professional Practice 

Understand and apply the professional practice principles of working in the sport, recreation and exercise industries

4

15

Health Promotion

Be introduced to the philosophy, principles and practice of health promotion and how this influences individual and population health throughout the lifespan

4

15

Project - Working with an individual

Apply the underpinning theories and concepts of exercise prescription, coaching and health promotion to an individual

4

15

Further study options  

This qualification will provide the entry requirements for our Bachelor of Applied Science degree, which has study areas of sport, exercise and health. Successful completion of this degree qualifiction would lead to more advanced roles within the sport, exercise and health industries including, but not limited to, a personal trainer, sport facility manager, green prescriber, physical activity advisor, sport development officer, teacher within primary or secondary.

Links to useful websites  

Register of Exercise Professionals: http://www.reps.org.nz/

Sport New Zealand: http://www.sportnz.org.nz/

Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa: http://ana.org.nz/

Student loans and allowances 

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit www.studylink.govt.nz

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. www.capablenz.ac.nz

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.

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