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Bachelor of Sport and Recreation in Exercise Science and Nutrition Major

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


AUT South Campus


Study at New Zealand's top sport and recreation university. Take your interest in sport, recreation and fitness, and create a rewarding career for yourself.

There's demand for skilled sport, recreation and fitness professionals in New Zealand and overseas. Join us and we help you develop the skills to play a key role in this exciting industry.

At AUT you have access to world-class facilities, high-achieving academics and researchers, and our outstanding workplace experience programme. Industry experience is an important part of your study, and you can choose from a vast number of host organisations.

The Exercise Science and Nutrition major covers the skills to help people make healthier choices. You study approaches to lifestyle management and healthy living to prevent lifestyle-related diseases.

Exercise science and nutrition are becoming more and more important as the developed world struggles with the effects of our modern lifestyle. There’s an increasing focus on lifestyle choices, physical activity, exercise, nutrition and other factors that affect health in the community.

The Exercise Science and Nutrition major is supported by the AUT Human Potential Centre, a research centre for physical activity and nutrition based at AUT Millennium. There are great postgraduate and research opportunities after completing this major.
Key features

  • Make a difference in the global health crisis
  • Workplace experience in district health boards, schools and health organisations
  • Closely linked to the AUT Human Potential Centre
  • Major research and postgraduate opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Active Communities, Active Families, Active Schools or Green Prescription co-ordinator
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Community health development co-ordinator
  • Corporate health and wellness advisor
  • Health promotion officer
  • Physical activity co-ordinator

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 or University Entrance.

Must be capable of meeting the Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) requirements, including police clearance

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Art History, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, Media Studies, Social Studies and either Physical Education or a subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics

English Language Requirements:

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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