Otago Polytechnic

Sport & Exercise

Programme pathways 

Help others improve their fitness or train for sports competitions—or work alongside professional athletes. This industry is exciting and diverse, and you could work in areas such as sport management and administration, personal training or as a coach. 

Combine business skills with a background in sport — and prepare for a career in sports management, coaching and/or personal training. Benefit from the extensive work placements or work experience our programmes offer. 

* Subject to final approval
Please note: As long as you meet the specific entry requirements for that programme, you can enter all programmes directly, without having to follow a pathway. Successful completion of one programme does not necessarily guarantee you entry to a higher level qualification. Please check all entry requirements carefully on the programme information sheet.

 

 

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

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 will also provide you with the entry requirements for our Bachelor of Applied Science degree which can lead to more advanced roles within the sport, exercise and health industries. 

Career outcomes

  • Community Educator 
  • Entertainment Venue worker 
  • Event Crew member 
  • Exercise Assistant
  • Holiday Programme worker 
  • Kaitautoko 
  • OSCAR Facilitator 
  • Recreation Activity Assistant 
  • Recreation Assistant 
  • Sport Assistant 
  • Wh¯anau Ora Facilitator

 

  Bachelor of Applied Science*

Keen on a career in sport science, health and wellness? This qualification will take you there, or you can use it as a springboard into postgraduate study.

Career outcomes

> Health and community care services
> Personal training and workplace wellness facilitation
> Strength conditioning
> Cardiac rehabilitation
> Performance analysis
> Workplace wellness
> Physical Activity advisors
> Event management
> Sports administration
> Performance analysis
> Health & PE teaching (Early Childhood, Primary Secondary)
> Community health & wellness (including health & physical activity with special populations)
> Police force
> Lifestyle consultants
> Sports administration & coordination
> Positions within gyms & leisure centres

  Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science*

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. 

Career outcomes

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.

  Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science*

The qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge of the underpinning base theories and procedures used in the practice environment, in a wider and more encompassing scope than the Postgraduate Certificate. 

Career outcomes

  • Graduates of this programme can expect to gain employment at advanced practitioner level within a professional organisational setting. This may include government or non-government sport, or exercise for health settings. 
  • Graduates who focused on Physical Conditioning will be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.  Graduates who focused on Performance Analysis will be eligible for International Society of Performance Analysis accreditation. Graduates who focused on Exercise for Health will be eligible for accreditation with the New Zealand Register of Clinical Exercise Physiologists.

  Master of Applied Science*

Take your sport and exercise knowledge and skills to the next level with this qualification.

Career outcomes

  • Graduates of this programme can expect to gain employment as expert practitioners within a professional organisational setting. This may include government or non-government sport (performance analysis or physical conditioning) and exercise for health settings. It is expected that graduates have created new knowledge in their studies and are leading the industry.
  • Graduates who focused on Physical Conditioning will be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. Graduates who focused on Performance Analysis will be eligible for International Society of Performance Analysis accreditation. Graduates who focused on Exercise for Health will be eligible for accreditation with the New Zealand Register of Clinical Exercise Physiologists.