Coaching major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Student Profile – Larissa Eruera

Larissa Eruera loves her diverse and busy role as a trainee golf professional at Mount Maunganui Golf Club. Gaining industry experience as part of her Bachelor of Sport and Recreation was key, says Larissa. Read more of Larissa's story.

Coaching is an exciting and extremely rewarding area of sport in New Zealand. Coaches work with athletes of all skill levels, from beginners to high-performance athletes, and there's a large number of coaching positions available in the areas of performance analysis and performance sports. The Coaching major prepares you for a coaching career in sport, recreation, health and physical education, and the growing area of coach development. 

Develop the skills to become a top coach. You gain a sound understanding of the coaching process, and work with athletes of different skill levels through your workplace experience. There's strong input from our industry partners, including Aktive Auckland Sport and Recreation, national and regional sport organisations and clubs; primary, intermediate and secondary schools, and regional sports trusts. 

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree outline

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

SPOR613 Analysing Performance
SPOR609 Teaching, Leading and Coaching
SPOR612 Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology

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

In addition to your Year 3 papers, you complete:

SPOR707 Pedagogy and Performance

SPOR701 Integrated Coaching Practice

Plus two optional papers.

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. We also encourage you to continue playing or coaching in your own sport alongside your studies to apply your skills and make your CV stand out to future employers.

Recent placements included:

  • Vodafone Warriors
  • Auckland Grammar School
  • Northern Football Federation
  • SoccerPlusNZ
  • Rangitoto College

Career opportunities

  • Coach development manager
  • Coach force officer or coordinator
  • Coach with regional or national sports organisations
  • Skills coach
  • Kiwisport coordinator
  • Physical education teacher*
  • Professional coach with youth and development teams
  • Recreation programme coordinator
  • School sports coordinator

* Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (one additional year of full-time study and training in how to teach, subject to meeting entry and selection criteria)

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.51pm

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