Sport and Exercise Science major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Anna Skipper
Student Profile – Anna Skipper

Anna Skipper works as a performance physiologist at High Performance Sport New Zealand and spends her days helping elite New Zealand athletes gain an edge. Read more of Anna’s story.

Sport and exercise science focuses on improving sports performance, based on anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition and physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription. AUT is New Zealand's top ranked university for sport and exercise science research, and our graduates go on to a range of exciting careers. The Sport and Exercise Science major is supported by the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) based at AUT Millennium.
Our range of sport and exercise science papers provides theoretical and practical learning experiences in the areas of human movement, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and personal fitness. To complement our papers, AUT has strong links with the high-performance sport and fitness industries, which provide excellent opportunities for real world student learning experiences and exposure to experts in the field. Our success is partly due to the Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), which is a multi-disciplinary research team that conducts high impact research related to applied physical performance. SPRINZ has close links with High Performance Sport New Zealand and also works with a number of national sports organisations and health providers.

Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar.

Year 1

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 addition to your Year 2 core papers you complete:

SPSC603 Exercise Prescription and Assessment
SPSC605 Exercise Physiology
SPSC602 Applied Anatomy
NUTR601 Sport and Exercise Nutrition
SPSC604 Applied Sports Biomechanics I

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.

Year 3 papers

You complete core papers and two optional or elective papers from the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and:

SPSC702 Applied Sports Biomechanics II
SPSC701 Athletic Conditioning

Workplace Experience

In your third year you complete 350-400 hours in an organisation, which includes working on a project related to your major through the Co-operative Education papers. This takes approximately two days per week.

Recent placements included:

  • High Performance Sport New Zealand
  • AUT Millennium
  • Auckland Cricket
  • Auckland Rugby
  • Counties Rugby
  • Emirates Team New Zealand
  • Jetts
  • Les Mills
  • New Zealand Breakers
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Rugby League
  • North Harbour Rugby
  • Northern Mystics Netball
  • Secondary school sports academies
  • YMCA

Career opportunities

  • Exercise scientist
  • Fitness trainer
  • Personal trainer
  • Physical conditioner
  • Physical training instructor
  • Sport scientist
  • School sports academy coordinator

Graduates and students of sport and recreation

Other majors in Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Other courses you may be interested in

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation & Bachelor of Business Double

Graduate Certificate & Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.48pm

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