Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science



Six months full-time; twelve months part-time

Blended, distance delivery 

Until start date
With specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health

This qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning base theories and procedures that are relevant to the practice environment.

You will have completed applied project work, which allows you to address your practice from multiple perspectives and position your practice within a wider industry context. This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study or a career in sport or exercise.

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 (particularly performance analysis and physical conditioning), or exercise for health settings. Students will be trained in the introduction to performance analysis, physical conditioning and exercise for health and will complete industry projects within their chosen field of practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic entry criteria 

  • The Bachelor of Applied Science (Level 7), or an equivalent qualification at bachelor level in a related discipline, or equivalent documented professional experience. 

English Language requirements

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

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. 
Pathways into this programme

Applicants without a base degree need to discuss options with the programme teaching team. Please email ebsTOO@op.ac.nz 

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.

You will study

Within this programme you will chose one of the specialty areas; performance analysis, physical conditioning or exercise and health. These areas will have industry experience within them where you are applying the theory you are learning. In addition you will study a course in professional development which will prepare you to work within the industry and assist you to understand your learning needs.

Your workload

This is a full time programme of study and students are expected to complete 30-35 hours per week. This programme is taught with intensive blocks, online classes and industry placements.

Programme structure





6 months FT

12 months PT

Choose one of:

Performance Analysis

Physical Conditioning

Exercise and Health



Professional Development



Further study options

Graduates of this programme will be able to continue their studies into either the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science or the Master of Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic. Further study at other tertiary institutes is also possible.

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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