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Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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Do you flourish in sport, nature and the outdoors? Then grow your character and potential into a career with a respected degree from the New Zealand university with the widest range of sport and recreation management courses.

Sport and recreation are vital parts of sustaining our wellbeing. The sector is expanding fast and there is high demand for quality graduates. Lincoln University’s specialised Sport and Recreation Management will grow your knowledge and expertise, and expand your abilities across strategic management, marketing, event planning and a range of different recreation approaches and disciplines.

How you’ll grow

  • From the widest range of sport and recreation courses offered by any New Zealand university.
  • By gaining practical management techniques and instruction, growing both critical thinking abilities and academic knowledge.
  • Developing your experience and character, nurtured by both theoretical learning and application in the field.
  • Meeting industry experts, seeing first-hand how the industry is expanding and changing.
  • Including an 120-hour internship co-ordinated to match your own interests along with employers’ needs, helping you get a foot in the door.
  • Lincoln is the only university in New Zealand offering a major in Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
  • Plus there are Department of Conservation (DOC) scholarships available for those taking the major.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are in-demand across the sport and recreation industry. You’ll prepare yourself for a career as a Sports Development Officer, Marketing and Communications Officer, Community Sports or Engagement Advisor, Sports Facility Manager or Consultants, Secondary School Head of Sport, Parks and Recreation Planner, Park Ranger, Outdoor Recreation Leader, Event Manager, Sport Club Manager or Gym Manager.

Entry criteria

University Entrance through NCEA or an approved, equivalent qualification.

Recommended preparation

  • Commerce / Business
  • Computing
  • English (highly recommended)
  • Geography / Social Studies
  • History / Classics
  • Māori Studies
  • PE / Outdoor Education
  • Tourism

International qualifications

  • GCE ‘A’ Levels (taken in countries other than the UK) - A minimum of 3 results with at least 1 grade at Level C or above. (General Studies is not to be used as one of the results.)
  • Cambridge Pre-U - 3 principal subjects, a GPR and evidence of numeracy
  • Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID) - At least 4 subjects with grades 3 or higher
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) - The diploma must be completed with a minimum of 24 points

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 50 with no communicative skills score less than 42
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 65%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 4 (Academic Endorsement)

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