Level 5

(optional delivery in a rugby or an AFL context)

Study sport, recreation and exercise science

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.

Programme highlights

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 rugby (in partnership with Counties Manukau Rugby Union).

Our 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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Open entry

    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/

    Need IELTS?

    Book your British Council IELTS test with us.

    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.

    Programme structure

    Programme structure

    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.

    Careers and pathways

    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).

    Career opportunities

    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.

    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 15 March 2024. 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.