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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Eastern Institute of Technology


Do you want to turn your passion for sport and exercise into a career packed full of physical activity?

With a degree in sport and exercise science that’s exactly what you’ll get as you immerse yourself in sports development and research, performance and management. You could find yourself in a gym, a sports science lab, or out on the field coaching or managing individuals and teams as they strive to be the best they can in the sport and exercise world.

You’ll acquire a wide range of skills for communicating, negotiating, researching and problem-solving with people from all walks of life, from the serious sports professional to the casual gym-goer.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSES) programme is a full-time, three year programme that offers stimulating degree studies, enabling you to become a highly regarded industry professional within the sport, health and exercise science sectors.

The programme enables graduates to enter employment in the sport, exercise and recreation industry with a sound knowledge of:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise and sport science
  • Nutrition and health
  • Sport coaching and psychology
  • Industry projects
  • Research and professional practice skills

This programme is designed to develop:

  • Technical skills related to sport and exercise science.
  • Communication skills necessary for negotiation, coaching, scientific and management level presentations.
  • Research skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources.
  • Professional skills which meet the needs of industry and society/communities, and that will enable you to continue to consolidate, apply and extend your knowledge.

Your future career and study opportunities

The BSES provides pathways and employment possibilities across the sport and exercise landscape.

Wellbeing, lifestyle and health promotion
Consultation and exercise prescription, Green Prescription advisor, corporate wellness consultant, special needs populations activity facilitator, community health initiatives.

Exercise and conditioning
Business owner, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, team trainer/conditioner.

Sports administration and management
Sports coordinator, development officer, regional coordinator, player liaison, administrator, sponsor manager.

Sports coaching and leadership
Coach, coach educator, sports coordinator, team manager, player liaison, player life-skills coach, referee/official.

Community recreation management
Recreation officer, recreation programmer, special needs programmer, facility management, business owner.

Sport science and support
Mental skills analysis trainer, exercise physiologist, biomechanist, team trainer/conditioner, research technician.

Through additional training you may undertake postgraduate study (e.g. masters degree) or alternative careers such as physical education teaching or sport journalism.

Entry criteria

The academic entry requirement for BSES is as follows:

  • University Entrance, as defined by the NZQA, or equivalent; or
  • Evidence regarded as sufficient by EIT | Te Pūkenga of the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study; or
  • At the discretion of EIT | Te Pūkenga, where the applicant is over 20 years of age and demonstrates the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study.

English language entry requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. For international students, ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include the following:

  • Successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (subject to NZQA conditions).
  • Completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4 with Academic endorsement).
  • IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment.
  • Accepted international equivalents to the above IELTS scores, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment (see equivalency tables in the DELP).

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