QualificationNew Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-sector) (Level 5)Programme code: NZ3627
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International feesNZD$25,000 (approx.)
There are so many places a career in sport, recreation and exercise can take you.
Prepare yourself for a career in this exciting and fast-paced industry with MIT.
This programme is designed for people wanting to become highly qualified professionals in sport, recreation, exercise science, sport coaching and sport/leisure management.
Love your sport? Choose a contextualised delivery in either:
- Rugby (in partnership with Counties Manukau Rugby Union)
- AFL (in partnership with AFL New Zealand).
Our rugby and AFL contextualisations have been designed for people with a passion for their sport, who want to become a highly qualified professional in their chosen industry. All projects and practical sessions are contextualised to your sport, and you gain industry experience while you study.
Turn your passion into a career and land your dream job in the sport, recreation, and exercise industries.
Upon successful completion of this programme, you can pathway directly into the second year of our degree.
There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.
Applicants must be prepared to sign a form for disclosure of information for the NZ Police. A safety check will be completed to ensure you meet all the requirements as set out in Section 31 of the Vulnerable Children Act. A criminal record will not automatically exclude an applicant from entry to the programme. Applicants with convictions for violence against a person will not be considered.
English language requirements
Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.
Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.
Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Did you know you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to your advantage?
Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other providers’ qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – potentially saving you money and possibly helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.
You will need to complete the below eight courses (120 credits):
781.514 Structural kinesiology (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of the science of kinesiology and the process of human movement, as it relates to physical activity, sport and exercise.
781.515 Coaching pedagogy (15 credits)
Design and introduce the theory and practice of sports coaching with an emphasis on the knowledge and practical skills necessary for coaching youth.
781.516 Sport sociology (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of the historical, social and cultural foundations of sport and exercise science and cultural diversity. Learn to identify foundational social-psychological concepts.
781.517 Introduction to sports as a business (15 credits)
Learn the principles of business, management and leadership in the context of sport, recreation and exercise.
781.518 Human anatomy and physiology (15 credits)
You will develop and understanding of the sciences of anatomy and physiology as they relate to physical activity, sport and exercise. Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body and physiology is the study of the function of the body. Both disciplines are fundamental to the study of exercise science, coaching and sporting performance.
781.519 Exercise prescription for personal trainers (15 credits)
Apply an understanding of physiological knowledge to prescribe specific and general training programmes.
781.520 He oranga hauora (healthy lifestyle) (15 credits)
Become informed, responsible and proactive in the promotion of hauora and personal health. You will also gain an understanding of the role of lifestyle choices in the maintenance and improvement of health status.
781.521 Introduction to biomechanics (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of the major concepts of biomechanics as they relate to performance in sport and exercise.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Further training or study
On completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation students wishing to continue study are eligible to either choose to do New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Multi-sector) (Level 6) or go straight into year two of the Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science (Level 7).
Careers include becoming a fitness instructor, personal trainer, recreation programmer, event manager, sports administration, coach, Hauora and health educator, Kaiārahi, OSCAR leader, sports coordinator and whānau ora leader. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.
“Our tutorials and practicals are small in size. This allows us to get to know you as a person, how you think, what you would like to do, where your career is headed and who your support networks are. Those are the important things that help us value you as a student.
We make sure you enjoy your learning. Our industry is one that is full on. You work hard, you play hard, but you get great value out of what you do and we replicate this in your study at MIT.
Our lecturers get to know you and they care about your journey beyond us because when you’re in a team you’re always a part of the team.”
MIT Head of School
The union was founded in 1955 and currently services a growing, diverse and youthful population in South Auckland. There are currently 7,897 registered players at all levels of the game in the province.
Many of the greatest names in the game have started out with Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union and in 2019 MIT school of sports students will be able to study at the Steelers home ground for a diploma-level qualification.
“New Zealand rugby expertise is in demand internationally. The partnership with Counties allows us to provide a gateway to local players, coaches, volunteers and those who want a sports qualification based around rugby to access those opportunities without leaving the area to study” says MIT lecturer, Fran Serrano, who is also the union’s mental skills coach.
“I chose to study here because I feel more comfortable in this environment. You’re not just a number. Our lecturers know you, they know your name, and they know your lifestyle. It’s like a family here at MIT.
There is lots of variety and opportunities to apply our learning. We are learning in the books, we are learning with technology and we are learning hands-on.
I am also currently interning as a strength and conditioning assistant coach with the Auckland Dream basketball team and interning as a video analyst with Northern Stars. I’m learning heaps and it has been the best experience.”
“I want to become a police officer because I want to give back to my community. I've always wanted to go out there and serve my people.
My advice is just give it a go, you won't know what it's like unless you try. I didn't know what it was going to be like until I enrolled and I've come here and I've enjoyed it. I've learnt a lot and met a lot of new friends.”
“I love sports and I have wanted to do something related to sport since a young age.
I chose to study sport at MIT | Te Pūkenga because everything was really easy to follow, everything was well organised, well structured, and the lecturers offered a huge amount of support. I got many types of support and was offered lots of advice and mental support. Everyone is patient and everything was adaptable to the person’s need.
My qualification has helped me improve specific skills that I needed to improve on.
I felt so independent, and I felt like I was able to be myself.
I loved it.”
“I choose to study sport because it’s always been a passion of mine. It’s been something I’ve done since I was young and it has continued to stick with me. Sports has always helped keep me busy. I’ve made lots of friends through sport and it’s allowed me to travel both in New Zealand and throughout the world.
Studying sport has also helped me with my part-time job as a health and fitness instructor. I’ve learnt how to teach people effectively whether that’s correcting techniques, setting up machines properly or avoiding injuries.”
“MIT school of sport is unique in the way that we run our classes and the opportunities we provide our students. Majority of our staff are involved in the sports industry with contacts in netball, rugby, basketball, soccer and rugby league.
This creates practical opportunities for our students to get involved in these sports. Getting involved means the students are able to learn hands-on skills while growing their networks. The things our students learn can be taken away and applied straight into the job force.”
“I want to set an example to my kids that studying and learning is important. It’s never too late to pursue a different career and do what makes you happy.
Crossing that stage to receive my first degree will be my highest achievement. In a million years, I didn't think I'd be graduating. This is more significant than any of my professional sporting milestones.
The skills I’ve learned here have put me at the front of the pack and I wouldn’t have picked them up anywhere else. It’s not just the technical knowledge but also learning the importance of connecting with people, and how crucial that is to get the best from them.”
“I want to help my family and our help our community by educating them on healthy living and healthy lifestyles. I am excited about the future because now I have the knowledge and I can implement that in a way that’s going to help others.
People expect that they need to be going to the gym but it can be as simple as hanging the washing out or going for a walk. Get active whatever it takes and don’t take the shortcuts.”
"It has been a real honour having the opportunity to work with the Steelers and experience various roles within their program. It is enjoyable being part of the Steelers game days and getting to see how the operational side of a professional sports organisation works. The fast-paced environment keeps me on my toes and allows me to learn in the field.
The course has given me many opportunities to engage with the community; building and strengthening relationships that will help me in the future. I also assist at various school rugby tournaments throughout the region, allowing me to enhance my coaching skills and giving me the chance to educate secondary school students as well.
The four-day schedule includes three days in-class, plus one day for work experience, and gives me the flexibility to work part-time which is a bonus.
I would highly recommend this course. It’s a hands-on course that’s designed to get you work-ready. There is a lot of flexibility so you can make the course work for you, regardless of your situation in life. The team at Counties Manukau Rugby and MIT are great to study with, you basically feel like a Counties Manukau Rugby staff member.
I will continue to utilise the knowledge and skills I have developed and apply them to my current role as Director of Rugby at Pukekohe High School. I also will look to continue with study and complete my bachelor's degree with MIT."
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 29 November 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.