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New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 6)

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36 weeks

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This course develops the skills and knowledge needed to become a leader in the sport, recreation and exercise industry. Study the area of your interest with the option to select Human Performance or Sport Management as your area of interest.

We offer a 50/50 approach to learning within this course, between course work and practical work experience. Your learning will directly link to the individual and community needs within the cultural, social and economic health & well-being of New Zealand.

Why choose this course:

  • Work Placement Opportunities: Gain a well-rounded learning experience with work placements at our partnered organisations and get the chance to work with clients of your own.
  • Give back to the community: Work with our partnered Government Health Agency to assist in health initiatives that support the well-being of others.
  • Take on leadership roles at a large scale: Experience working with our partnered organisations from a regional to a national level.

Course content

This course is structure around 4 core papers and 4 electives based on your study and career pathway.

Develop in-depth industry related skills and practice with core papers in:

  • Applied Study for Community Development
  • Leadership and Coaching
  • Professional Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Research

Choose your area of interest:

Human Performance

  • Nutrition; learn the industry standards behind food and diet
  • Applied Human Movement and Anatomy; learn functional anatomy and kinesiology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics
  • Training Methods and Programme Design; develop advanced coaching and manage exercise programmes
  • Performance Analysis and Strategy; develop and evaluate health and wellness solutions

Sports Management

  • Business of Sport, Recreation, and Exercise; learn business practices within industries and apply to practical context
  • Strategic Planning and Management; develop strategies and critically evaluate/improve on coaching practices
  • Planning and Event Management; advance event management skills for community or major events
  • Sport in Society and Globalisation; sport management in practice and global trends

Career Opportunities

You will graduate as a trained professional, capable to lead others and manage a team, or pursue degree-level study onto university. Enrol in a third year bachelor degree with the University of Canterbury or Manukau Institute of Sport or pursue degree opportunities with Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.

Areas of work include; health providers, outdoor education centres, exercise facilities, iwi organisations, local councils, cultural centres, primary health organisations, regional sports trusts, and recreation, sport and leisure centres.

Sports Management Graduates work in roles such as:

  • Community sport manager
  • Community health manager
  • Outdoor educator
  • Outdoor recreation manager
  • Sport director

Human Performance Graduates work in roles such as:

  • Hauora or health exercise educator
  • Sport Kairangahau
  • Sport Kaiako
  • Whanau Ora manager

Entry criteria

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency to meet higher study level.
  • You must have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-sector) (Level 5) or other tertiary equivalent or; international equivalent.
  • If you fail to reach the requirements, you may still be eligible for discretionary approval and may still be considered upon a personal interview.

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