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Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Otago Polytechnic


With specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health

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.

You will have completed applied project work, which allows you to address your practice from multiple perspectives and position your practice within a wider industry context. This qualification prepares you for further postgraduate study or a career in sport or exercise.

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.
Pathways into this programme:

Applicants without a base degree need to discuss options with the programme teaching team.
You will study:

Within this programme you will chose one of the specialty areas; performance analysis, physical conditioning or exercise and health. These areas will have industry experience within them where you are applying the theory you are learning. In addition you will study a course in professional development which will prepare you to work within the industry and assist you to understand your learning needs.
Your workload:

This is a full time programme of study and students are expected to complete 30-35 hours per week. This programme is taught with intensive blocks, online classes and industry placements.
Further study options:

Graduates of this programme will be able to continue their studies into either the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science or the Master of Applied Science at Otago Polytechnic. Further study at other tertiary institutes is also possible.

Entry criteria

Minimum academic entry criteria for the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science are:

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Level 7), or an equivalent qualification at bachelor level in a related discipline, or equivalent documented professional experience.
If English is not your first language, you must provide:

New Zealand University Entrance OR

Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;

PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Additional criteria:

All applicants who are accepted must obtain a First Aid Certificate, and complete the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 (including police vetting), prior to commencing classes.

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