Institute of Technology or PolytechnicAra Institute of Canterbury
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Develop the practical skills and expertise needed to work in a wide range of sports, health and exercise science fields.
During our three year programme you will study theory, participate in practical sessions and undertaken work placements in your chosen specialisation of sport and exercise science. Your studies will allow you to evaluate, facilitate and/or enhance sport and exercise performance in a wide range of contexts using current scientific principles and technologies.
Sport scientists work in a variety of laboratory and field settings to optimise human capability.
This specialisation opens up a wide range of possibilities in the health and sports science related fields. Opportunities range from working as a performance analyst, strength and conditioning specialist, sports development, a consultant working with the general population and athletes or going on to further studies.
You could further your studies with a graduate diploma in nutrition, sustainability and outdoor education or physical activity, health and wellness.
You could also advance your knowledge of additional clinical practice by undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or Master of Health Science.
University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:
14 credits at Level 3 in each of: biology or human biology or physical education another subject, preferably core health/health education, physics, statistics, mathematics, chemistry, geography, home economics and psychology
Human Nutrition specialisation applicants must have a minimum of 14 credits in Chemistry at Level 2) one other subject from the list of approved subjects*
Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,
OR New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4)
OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Pre Health Pathway or equivalent.
Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA, Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
* NZQA approved subjects
IELTS - Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
SPEAKING – 5.5; READING - 5.5; WRITING - 5.5; LISTENING – 5.5
TOEFL (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42