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NZIS Diploma in Sport Management & Exercise Science

Level 5

A fun and practical programme - Ideal for school leavers.

This programme allows students to develop an understanding of Sport Management and Exercise Science leading into a Level 6 Diploma, and degree pathways 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 the study year, 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 Science.

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 sport programmes suit students who have a passion for sport, whether it be 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 Prescription
  • Communication Skills & Professional Sport
  • Sport Teaching and Coaching
  • Event Management
  • Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Sports Administration
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport Workshops

Practical Opportunities

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

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.


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.

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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: $18000.00 (incl GST)
  • Course related costs: $1250.00 (incl GST)*
  • Enrolment Fee: $130.00 (incl GST)

*Compulsory related costs include fitness centre membership, workbooks, photocopying, NZIS tracksuit, training gear, corporate gear, outdoor education camp, internet and computer room access

Qualifications Awarded

NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Science - Level 5


  • February 2018
  • April 2018
  • July 2018
  • October 2018


This programme is offered in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


46 weeks including 6 weeks of holiday. The April, July and October intakes have a duration of 49 weeks and students complete in 2019.

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of high school or equivalent;
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0 or equivalent*;
  • Successful NZIS interview.
* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA.