Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Take your interest in sport, recreation and fitness and create a rewarding career for yourself. There is demand for skilled sport, recreation and fitness professionals, and health and physical education teachers in New Zealand and overseas. Join us and we can help you develop the skills to play a pivotal role in this exciting industry.

AUT is New Zealand’s leading sport and recreation university. You’ll have access to world-class facilities and learn from high-achieving academics and researchers.

We’re proud of our strong links with industry: AUT Millennium, High Performance Sport New Zealand, Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC), regional sports trusts and the YMCA are among the many organisations we work closely with. These connections ensure that what you learn reflects current industry practice. They also mean you can choose from a vast number of host organisations for your industry experience placements in Year 2 and 3.

Key features:
  • The Bachelor of Sport and Recreation at AUT South Campus is a non-major pathway course (standard pathway).
  • This Manukau-based degree provides a broad-based sport and recreation qualification.
  • It offers flexibility and enables students to select papers from across a range of sport and recreation related disciplines and majors at AUT.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3521
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / part-time available
Starting date: 17 July 2017, 26 February and 16 July 2018

We encourage you to apply as soon as applications are open (late May 2017). Places are limited, and in many programmes there are more applications than available places. Once we have received your application, we may ask you to provide further information. Your application can only be assessed when you have provided all of the information requested.

Admission and entry requirements

Selection criteria
Preference will be given to applicants with one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies and either Physical Education or a subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics.

Structure and content

Year 1

Papers you can take in your first year include:
SPOR503 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Recreation
HEAL507 Health and Environment
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SPOR502 Innovative Planning in Sport and Recreation
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
SPOR504 Leadership in Sport and the Outdoors
HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
SPOR511 Skill Learning in Sport and Recreation
SPSC501 Sport and Exercise Science Fundamentals
SPOR501 Sport and Recreation in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Year 2

In Year 2, you take three core papers: SPOR610 Law and Ethics in Sport and Recreation, SPOR624 Group and Individual Behaviour and SPOR608 Evidence Based Practice. This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours in different organisations.You also complete major and optional papers in your area(s) of interest. 

Year 3

In Year 3 you spend approximately two days per week working with an organisation undertaking various work activities and a project through the Co-operative Education papers:

SPOR709 Sport and Recreation Co-operative I
SPOR710 Sport and Recreation Co-operative II

You will also complete major and/or optional papers in an area of interest.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.42pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.