Open to international students

Diploma in Sport, Recreation, & Performance (Level 5)

LevelLevel 5
Level40 weeks

This exciting course offers blended learning that will teach you how to develop and design health and exercise programmes that have an impact and gain practical work experience learning in real-work sport environments with our industry partners.


During this course 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 

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You’ll learn all about the inner workings of the body, leadership and management skills, how to analyse performance data and wellness solutions. We’ll guide you on how to plan sustainable and innovative programmes by keeping you up to date with the latest scientific research and technologies used in the industry. 

Our goal is to provide you practical opportunities to learn in a real-work environment with our industry partners, working as liaison officers for visiting international sporting teams or assisting with the development of large corporate sporting event. 

Our industry experienced tutors will give you the tools you need to design health and exercise intervention programmes and support you in building your network by enhancing your communication and relationship skills. We will provide workshops to grow your specialties across a range of sport and fitness industries such as group fitness, sport massage, sport strapping, rock climbing, golf, Swiss ball training, sport officiating and more.  


  • 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.

- Course costs for New Zealand domestic students are available here

- Course costs for international students are available here


If you’re planning to start tertiary study or training for the first time you may be eligible for fees-free. Ask one of our course advisors to help or visit the Fees Free website. 


If you meet certain conditions, you may be eligible for a student loan and allowances. 

Find out if you meet the conditions by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit 

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

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Career Opportunities

  • Event Supervisor

  • Hauora or Health Educator

  • Recreation Supervisor

  • Community Health Manager 



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