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Diploma in Sport, Recreation, & Performance Level 5

Ensure industry readiness by learning about the inner workings of the body, latest scientific research, leadership and management skills, and wellness solutions.

Why choose this course

  • Develop Health & Wellness Solutions: Design health & exercise intervention programmes from start to finish and make a successful impact to others.
  • Build your network with interpersonal skills: Enhance communication and relationship building skills needed to build networks within the industry.
  • Plan sustainable and innovative programmes: Keep up to date with scientific research in the industry using the latest technology.
  • Practical Opportunities: Learn in a real-work environment with our industry partners such as; working as liaison officers for visiting international sporting teams or assisting with the development of large corporate sports events.
  • Workshop: Develop your skills with fitness workshops from; Group Fitness, Sport Massage, Sport Strapping, Rock Climbing, Golf, Swiss Ball Training, Sport Officiating, Event and Results Management. 

What you will learn

You will learn through a combination of online learning, practical experience and face to face teaching on campus.

  • Exercise Prescription practice at a professional level
  • Relevant industry practice in Sport, Recreation and Exercise
  • How to analyse performance data using health and fitness devices
  • Kinesiology - functional anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics
  • How to integrate exercise science into sports performance and recreation activity
  • Facility and event management skills including planning community events
  • Valuable Information Technology skills
  • Advanced coaching and exercise programme development
  • Business management and industry practices of sport, recreation and exercise
  • Research and strategy development in the community 

Study and career opportunities

You’ll be prepared for entry level positions within gyms, schools, and sports organisations such as: 

  • Event Supervisor
  • Hauora or Health Educator
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Community Health Manager 

You can also be eligible to study our New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 6) which means you can specialise in your preferred industry and broaden your career prospects, training for higher level management positions.

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Ryan McCarthy 

Co-Owner and Head Personal Trainer at Vores Fitness Silkeborg, Denmark


“My Level 5 & 6 qualifications are internationally recognised, and for me this was very important because otherwise I would have found it a lot harder to get a job in the fitness industry in Denmark.”

Course Costs


  • Tuition fees*: $6,085
  • Student Service Levy*: $400
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.
*Please note course costs and student levy are subject to change


  • Tuition fees: $20,950NZD
  • Course fee: $1,250NZD    

Qualifications Awarded

New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 5) 


40 Weeks (not including holidays)

2022 Intakes

Auckland Campus

6 February 2023

Wellington Campus

6 February 2023

Christchurch Campus

25 July 2022


This programme is offered at our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses. 

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be a minimum 18 years of age. 
  • Achieved NCEA Level 3 or a tertiary qualification at Level 3 or 4 in a relevant field.
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency to meet higher study level.
  • Applicants must attend an interview