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Degree Pathways

Learn more about the study and career pathways that will engage you directly with industry and communities, building real life experiences and relevant skills to land your dream job. 

Manukau Institute of Technology 

We now offer a pathway to Bachelor Degree! If you have completed our Level 5 and 6 Diplomas you will be eligible to enrol at Manukau Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science, completing a degree in just one year.

If you are an international student, you can achieve a Tertiary degree and put your skills into action with 3 years post study work in your area of specialisation, whether it be exercise physiology, biomechanics, coaching, personal training, rehabilitation, sport massage, strength and conditioning or nutrition.

It’s as easy as the steps in the diagram below…

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International students will need to meet other requirements, contact us to learn more about this opportunity. 

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

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Reach higher education and with the flexibility of distance learning. We partnered with Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (OPNZ) to offer two degree pathways. Students can enrol in the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science or Applied Management Degree after completing a Diploma Level 5 or Level 6 course with the New Zealand Institute of Sport.

openpolyStudents enrolled in these qualifications will be guided by us, with dedicated staffing there every step of the way to completion of your Degree. You can still call us ‘home’ with support at reach giving you the best opportunity to complete all your studies.

Alumni student, Sam Bos says, “It’s good to have the tutors at NZIS to help while still having the independence of studying by correspondence”.

University of Canterbury 

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Join New Zealand's second oldest university. If you’re based in Christchurch you can now pathway to the University of Canterbury.

Students who complete a Diploma Level 5 or Level 6 course with us only need to complete an additional three semesters of papers at University of Canterbury to complete a full degree!


As a student, you will have the best of both worlds, start out as part of a smaller institution who focus on individual needs, and move onto a larger university environment. 




Victoria University – Melbourne

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Take your studies abroad! Our students have moved from completing their Diploma course with us to progressing with higher education at Victoria University in Melbourne.

A significant number of students have achieved their Bachelor in Human Movement. 

In 2014, Sosaia Tufui was the first NZIS student accepted in the Victoria University Masters programme.

Graduate Chaz Monaghan, has gone onto become the Personal Training Recruitment Manager for Steiner Cruise Lines.

We have a great relationship with Victoria University, Melbourne. The University supported with aid equipment after the earthquakes in Christchurch, sending a container load to assist with the rebuild of our Christchurch campus.