Otago Polytechnic

Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Specialty)

Physical Activity, Health and Wellness OR Performance and Movement Analysis OR Physical Conditioning
This qualification enables you to expand your degree and gain specialist knowledge and practical skills. 

Choose one of these unique Graduate Diplomas to enhance your undergraduate degree and develop the required skills, knowledge and expertise to enter these exciting industries. With a strong emphasis on applied learning, particularly in industry, acquire practical experience and a variety of transferable skills to enhance your employment potential. Graduates will be industry-trained and work-ready for careers in professional sports and fitness roles. 

Physical Activity, Health and Wellness specialty

Physical activity and lifestyle interventions are well-recognised as essential elements in the promotion of good health and disease prevention, this programme has been designed to provide a workforce that meets the future demands of a diverse population in a modern society.  Complete broad-based learning covering all three areas or narrow your focus to become equipped with specific skills. Enjoy the chance to undertake a research project and graduate with the ability to meet the needs of the changing health of the population.  

Performance and Movement Analysis specialty

Performance and movement analysts are in high demand across the sports industry, not only for their technical expertise but also their ability solve problems and identify a competitive advantage. This programme provides students with skills sets important to industry including: opposition and player scouting, performance review, as well as live event analysis. Additionally it will promote the use of various movement analysis techniques while identifying the key elements of information feedback and skill acquisition. You will gain practical experience in high level industry sports placement, gaining a number of current and innovative skills. Click here to read more about this specialty.

Physical Conditioning specialty

Working as a physical conditioner plays an increasingly important part in human sporting performance, drawing from a wide range of knowledge and practical skills. This Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning provides the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the sports industry applying theoretical underpinning to this setting, alongside coaches, athletes, sports scientists and sports medics. Click here to read more about this specialty. 

Skills required
  • Self-motivation and a good work ethic
  • The ability to get on well with people
  • Adaptability and openness to new ideas
  • Good communication skills
Entry requirements  
  • An undergraduate degree OR equivalent industry or professional experience (minimum of 5 years).
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet diploma-level entry requirements.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.5.
Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate). Please note that you are required to complete a Police check regarding criminal convictions for the purpose of work placement.

Selection procedure

Applicants who meet the entry criteria become eligible for selection. Where the number of successful applicants exceeds the places available, a waiting list will be maintained in order of the application date. Applicants will be offered a position in waiting list order.

You will study

All specialties have a common core of four courses: Applied Research Methods, Industry Project, The Professional Journey and Work Placement, in addition to key specialty papers. Practical education is a critical part of this programme and will underpin teaching in all courses. Through innovative methods of blended delivery, e-learning and industry experience you will study a broad range of topics and develop evidence of formative learning, transferable skills and professional practice. The general outline for each specialty is below:

Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Physical Conditioning)

Course

Level

Credits

Applied Research Methods

7

15

Industry Project

7

15

The Professional Journey

7

15

Work Placement

7

15

Physical Conditioning Theory and Procedures

7

30

Injury Prevention and Management

7

15

Sport and Exercise Information Systems

6

15

Total

 

120

Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Performance and Movement Analysis)

Courses

Level

Credits

Applied Research Methods

7

15

Industry Project

7

15

The Professional Journey

7

15

Work Placement

7

15

Performance Analysis Theories and Procedures

7

30

Sport and Exercise Information Systems

6

15

Movement Analysis and Skill Acquisition

6

15

Total

 

120

Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness)

Course

Level

Credits

Applied Research Methds

7

15

Industry Project

7

15

The Professional Journey

7

15

Work Placement

7

15

Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellness

7

15

Level 7 course from Bachelor of Applied Science programme

7

15

Level 6 course from Bachelor of Applied Science programme

6

15

Level 5 or 6 course from Bachelor of Applied Science programme

5 or 6

15

Total

 

120

Your workload

This programme is delivered in a blended model. There will be a mixture of intensives, online teaching, industry experience and self-directed learning, and you should expect a workload of approximately 40 hours per week. This innovative model of teaching allows you to be based outside of Dunedin and have your industry placements in your own community.

Further study options

Opportunities exist for postgraduate qualifications at other tertiary institutions (you may be given credit for previous study at Otago Polytechnic).

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to seek employment in the following areas/positions:

  • Physical activity development
  • Health promotion
  • Sport or public health research
  • Physical conditioning with sports teams
  • Performance analysis in sport
  • Ergonomic and movement analysis
  • Post graduate study
  • Private consultancy
Student loans and 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 have extensive physical conditioning, sports performance and analysis or health and wellness knowledge and skills due to 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.

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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