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Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Science

Level 5

This fun and practical programme is ideal for school leavers who love sport

Develop an understanding of sport management and exercise science leading into a Level 6 Diploma and degree pathway or for direct workplace preparation.

Programme Objectives

The NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Science covers the wide range of skills and knowledge required for entry level careers in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industries.

The large variety of modules ensures that students have explored all aspects of the industry, enhancing their opportunities across a broad spectrum.

At the end of this year of study, students are equipped for entry level jobs such as Sport Coordinators in schools, Gym Instructors and Event Management Assistants.

Upon completion of their first year at NZIS, students are well positioned to choose their specialised focus for their Diploma year of study. This can be in Sport Management or Exercise Prescription.

This qualification focuses on both exercise science principles and event management theory and practice. This enables students to make an informed choice regarding their area of preference in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industries.

The NZIS sports and sport management programmes suit students who have a passion for sport, whether to enhance their knowledge base, to improve their own athletic performance or to seek real opportunities for careers in the sport industry.

Key Components

  • Exercise Science – exercise programming and exercise science principles
  • Communication skills
  • Media Communications
  • Sport Teaching and Coaching – Coach Development
  • Leading Groups – leadership skills
  • Sport Education – sport officiating and competition management
  • Event Management – organisation process and practical event management experiences
  • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Risk Management
  • Sports Administration – sports organisations
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Athlete Preparation for Performance – sport nutrition and extreme environments
  • Special Populations
  • Sport as a Business
  • Sport workshop – sport coaching qualifications and practical experiences

Practical Opportunities

As with all NZIS Programmes, whether sports or sports management-focused, our NZIS philosophy - “Don’t tell me, show me” means that all students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of practical opportunities to enhance their experience and build confidence.

These have included working at Volleyball New Zealand secondary schools tournaments, assisting at Pacifically Wellington, working as liaison officers for visiting international sporting teams, liaising between staff for the international Golden Oldies Rugby, and the development of their own events, such as corporate golf tournaments and student sport days.

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Students will be provided with a range of opportunities, over and above their academic requirements for personal development in the sport fitness industry. Workshops may include: Group Fitness, Sport Massage, Sport Strapping, Rock Climbing, Golf, Speed Training, Swiss Ball Training, Sport Officiating, Event and Results Management.

Career Opportunities

  • Progression to level 6 Diploma programmes and degrees pathways
  • Sports administration
  • Personal training
  • Coaching sports teams
  • Sports education
  • Gym instructor

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $5300.00 (incl GST)
  • Course related costs: $955.00 (incl GST)
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

Qualifications Awarded

NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Science (Level 5)


40 Weeks 


  • February 5 2018
  • April 30 2018
  • July 23 2018
  • October 15 2018



This programme is offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


46 weeks, including 5 weeks of holiday. The July intake has a duration of 49 weeks and finishes in July 2019.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum 80 NCEA Credits at level 2 in any one year
  • A demonstrated commitment to the sport, fitness and recreation area.
  • Students who fall outside of the academic category may still be considered upon a personal interview.
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