Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science (Level 7)

Programme highlights

There are so many places a career in sport and exercise can take you. 

Study our Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science and get the skills to become a leader in the industry. 

You will learn how to motivate, empower and help others achieve their fitness goals.

You can choose from a variety of courses in exercise physiology, coaching and personal training, rehabilitation and sports massage and nutrition.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,800 per year (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code MN4560
Duration

Three years (full-time)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 360
International Fees $20,300 per year (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification MIT Degree

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Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects (15 credits per subject) including English and a science subject or physical education; and
  • Have a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics or pangarau on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF); and
  • Have a minimum of eight credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori, four credits of which must be in reading and four credits in writing; or
  • Have 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from the NZQA approved subject list including a minimum of 14 credits in each of two subjects, and a further 14 credits from no more than two additional subjects or NZQA approved domains; or
  • Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements noted above will need to provide attested evidence through an interview demonstrating aptitude, ability to study at degree level and appropriate work or other discipline-related experience; and
  • Have English language competence 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 an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent; and
  • Applicants must be prepared to sign a form for Consent for Disclosure of Information for the New Zealand Police. A criminal record will not automatically exclude an applicant form entry to the programme. Persons with convictions for violence against a person will not be considered.
Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities include:

  • Self-employed or employed consultants
  • Self employed Personal Trainers
  • Advisors in specialists fields (rehabilitation, personal training, coaching, sports science, community health, nutrition, psychology)
  • Employment opportunities at gymnasia, recreation centres, sport trusts, educational institutions, sport medicine and physiotherapist clinics as managers, coaches, consultants, performers, lecturers, teachers, trainers, therapists.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 12 compulsory courses as well as the required amount of elective courses (360 credits):

Compulsory courses

Level 5

122.502 Structural Kinesiology (15 credits)

To introduce the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology as they relate to physical activity, sport and exercise. Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body and kinesiology is the study of the movement of the body. Both disciplines are fundamental to the study of exercise science, coaching and sporting performance.

127.501 Human Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)

To introduce 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.

127.502 Sport and Exercise and Biomechanics (15 credits)

This paper is designed to introduce students to the major concepts of biomechanics as they relate to performance in sport and exercise.

724.501 Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health (15 credits)

This course is designed to provide the opportunity for students to become informed, responsible and proactive in promotion of personal health. Factors that affect health will be examined and the potential role of lifestyle choices in the maintenance and improvement of health status will be discussed. Considerable emphasis will be placed upon the role of physical activity in primary, and secondary prevention of disease.

780.503 Sport in Society (15 credits)

To introduce students to the historical, social and cultural foundations of sport and exercise science, and to raise awareness of the relevance of physical activity, sport and exercise science across the wider community. To gain an understanding of the cultural diversity and to identify foundational social-psychological concepts relevant to sport and exercise science.

781.507 Skills for Sport and Exercise Science (15 credits)

This paper is designed to introduce the students to a generic range of skills required to successfully undertake tertiary study in the sports science field.

781.508 Coaching Pedagogy (15 credits)

This paper is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of sports coaching. Coaching draws upon sub-disciplines such as exercise physiology, biomechanics, skills acquisition, communication and sports psychology, and focuses on the pedagogical skills of imparting such knowledge practically to participants in the field. An emphasis will be placed on the knowledge and practical skills necessary for coaching within the youth sport environment.

781.509 Exercise Programming and Performance (15 credits)

To provide students with an understanding of the physiological basis upon which specific and general training programmes are designed.

Level 6

113.605 Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (15 credits)

This course introduces students to research concepts, design and methods in sport and exercise science. Specifically, this course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the processes involved in research design, conduction and analysis.

721.606 Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (15 credits)

To provide students with a basic understanding of the nature of injuries in sport and in the workplace, including:

  • Casual factors
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Management and
  • Rehabilitation.

This course will enable students to develop injury prevention measures.

781.606 Exercise Programme Design (15 credits)

This course aims to provide students with professional skills in the planning, management and design of integrated physical training programmes.

Coaches, trainers and sports scientists require these skills to develop relevant programmes that meet the need of individuals. The course focuses on the processes involved in analysing needs, and presenting, monitoring and evaluating programmes.

781.607 Sport and Exercise Nutrition (15 credits)

To develop students appreciation of nutrition and its application to sport performance. Nutrition is one of the fundamental components of a total programme preparation philosophy and all sport science students are provided with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of sport nutrition in this core course.

Elective courses

Level 6

You will need to complete four Level 6 elective courses (total 60 credits):

127.602 Biomechanical Applications in Sport and Exercise (15 credits)

This course is designed to further student knowledge regarding major concepts of biomechanics as they relate to the mechanical fundamentals of sport, exercise and human motion.

127.603 Biochemistry (15 credits)

This course aims to provide students with relevant knowledge of biochemistry as a foundation for subsequent study in sport and exercise science. The course provides the fundamentals necessary for full understanding of applied principles and practices in sport and exercise science.

127.604 Applied Exercise Physiology (15 credits)

The aim of this course is to provide students with further knowledge of human physiology and physiological assessment procedures relevant to the study of exercise and sport performance.

781.609 Sport Management and Administration Skills (15 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to management and administration knowledge that can be applied within the sport and recreation context. An emphasis will be placed on specific skills required by a coach or team manager.

781.610 Sport and Therapeutic Massage (15 credits)

To provide students with a strong theoretical and practical basis in basic therapeutic and sports massage practice.

781.611 Outdoor Education (15 credits)

This course explores the outdoor education principles and philosophies while relating them to the New Zealand Health and Physical Education (NZHPE) Curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to develop an outdoor education plan relating to a school-based outdoor environment, as well as experiencing outdoor activities as both a learner and leader.

781.614 Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology  (15 credits)

Get an introduction to the key issues in sport and exercise psychology. You will develop an analytical approach to the application of psychological theory to sport, exercise and population health.

This course looks at:

  • The mental health benefits of regular exercise
  • Issues associated to getting people to do exercise
  • Motivation in Sport
  • Psychological aspects linked to sports performance.

Level 7

You will need to complete 120 credits from any of the following level 7 courses:

115.722 Research Topics in Sports Science (30 credits)

This course is designed to engage students with research in current sport science topics, to provide students with practical experience of the research process and to prepare students for professional employment or further study in the sport and exercise sector.

127.701 Applied Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (15 credits)

This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge, skills and professional competencies in the field of biomechanical analysis of sport, exercise and human motion. Recent developments in biomechanical research and their practical application will be investigated. Knowledge will be acquired in research methodologies and skills in using equipment and software will be developed to collect and analyse data.

721.702 Assessment and Rehabilitation of Injuries (15 credits)

This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge, skills and professional competencies in the field of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation following injury is becoming an increasingly specialised field requiring the combined knowledge of medical consideration of injury and final-phase therapeutic exercise.

The course investigates the cause of injuries and the skills required to design and implement appropriate prevention, clinical assessment and rehabilitation programmes for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

724.701 Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (15 credits)

This course is designed for students who have an interest in nutrition counselling, health promotion and prevention of lifestyle diseases. The topics cover the main principles of health promotion and community nutrition

The course aims to provide students with skills and knowledge in the area of public health issues and health promotion. In particular, students will explore common disease states and appreciate their impact on a person's food selection and nutritional status. Students will gain a sound understanding of the key principles of clinical nutrition and health promotion, and their potential applications in nutrition practice.

This course will follow on from the introductory course Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health, and compliment the Sports Nutrition courses.

781.702 Physiological Preparation for Sport (15 credits)

This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge, skills and professional competencies in the field of exercise physiology for the profiling and preparation of athletes for competition.

781.703 Applied Exercise Programming (15 credits)

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills of exercise programming and personal fitness training gained throughout the programme to simulated and actual work environments.

781.705 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations (15 credits)

This course provides students with an understanding of individual health problems in the community and of special needs relating to the provision of health, fitness and sport programmes.

781.707 Applied Sport Coaching (30 credits)

This course aims to provide students with advanced knowledge, skills and professional competencies in the field of sport coaching. The course is founded upon the level one coaching paper and draws further from the sub-disciplines encountered in earlier sport science courses.

An emphasis is placed on professional, holistic application of the various sub-disciplines in the interests of coaching athletes for improved performance.

781.712 Practicum (15 credits)

To provide students with opportunities within a vocational or workplace setting for the advancement and application of their skills and knowledge in the area of sport and exercise science.  In particular, to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to put all the skills learned within the programme together in the professional practice setting at a level befitting a sport and exercise science professional.

Key dates

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Key information for students

Bachelor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science (Level 7)

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. Entry Requirements To gain admission to Level 5 of the Degree, applicants must meet the following entry requirements: Have a minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects (15 credits per subject) including English and a Science subject or Physical Education. AND a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) AND a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori, 4 credits of which must be in Reading and 4 credits in Writing, OR 42 credits at NCEA level 3 from the NZQA approved subject list including: a minimum of 14 credits in each of two subjects, and a further 14 credits from no more than two additional subjects or NZQA approved Domains OR Have the MIT Certificate in Applied Sport and Recreation (Level 4) or Wintec Certificate in Sport and Recreation (Level 4) or an equivalent relevant qualification OR Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements noted above will need to provide attested evidence through an interview demonstrating aptitude, ability to study at degree level and appropriate work or other discipline related experience AND Have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent AND Applicants must be prepared to sign a form for consent for disclosure if information for the NZ Police. A criminal record will not automatically exclude an applicant form entry to the programme. Person with convictions for violence for against a person will not be considered. Applicants who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test Score (IELTS) (Academic) band score of 6.0 (with no score below 5.5) or equivalent. Interview Process Stud
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 3 Years
Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total Qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$6,652 $19,956
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$11,559 $34,678
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$18,211 $54,633
Compulsory student services fee
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Student Success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 66%
National Graduate Outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $45,547
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $34,014 - $52,858
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 66%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 28%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 1%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 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 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.