Institute of Technology or PolytechnicAra Institute of Canterbury
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Level of Study
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Expected Jul 2023
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Learn how to prescribe and promote physical activity and lifestyle change to help treat and prevent disease
During our three year programme you'll study theory, become involved in practical sessions and benefit from work placements in your chosen specialisation of Physical Activity and Health Promotion. Your studies will teach you how to promote good health and wellbeing.
This qualification will enable you to empower others to make healthier choices, supported by changes in physical, social & economic environments.
This specialisation opens up a variety of possibilities in the physical activity and health related fields. Opportunities could include working as a specialist prescribing physical activity for school or special populations, a consultant in corporate health, a health promoter or further studies.
You could further your studies with a graduate diploma in nutrition, sports science or sustainability and outdoor education.
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 - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42