Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree overview

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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 Years 2 and 3.

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Quick facts

Programme code: AK3521
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time / part-time available
Venue: North Campus and South Campus*
Fees: General Course fees and Additional fees
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

* All core papers, all first semester papers and the full Bachelor of Sport and Recreation standard pathway are available at the South Campus.
*** Outdoor Education students beginning in July will require an additional semester if they wish to complete this major due to the sequence and timing of papers offered.

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

** Alternative entry is available through the one-year Diploma in Sport and Recreation or one-semester Certificate in Sport and Recreation may be available (at the discretion of AUT).

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.
  • Outdoor Education: Interview may be required
  • Preferred school subjects: All subjects listed above are useful


All students do a set of core papers in Year 1, so you don't need to commit to a major when you apply for the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. You can also study a double major or complete the degree with a major; a great option if you want to complete a range of papers from different sport and recreation-related disciplines.

Second majors

Today standing out from the crowd is more important than ever. Having skills in more than one discipline can give you the competitive edge and increase your career opportunities. If you choose a second major or a minor you can study an area of interest from a range of subjects.

You can combine any of our sport and recreation majors and tailor your degree to your career aspirations and interests. For some combinations, you can complete your double major within three years of full-time study and within the 360 points required for the degree.

Additional non-BSR majors may require additional papers and time to complete your qualification.

Standard pathway

You can also complete the degree without a major (standard pathway). This gives you more flexibility and you can select papers from a wide range of sport and recreation-related disciplines and majors.


You take a wide-range of sport and recreation and related papers to start with, and then build on your major(s) in Years 2 and 3. You will complete a work placement in an industry organisation in your second and third years.

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.

Workplace experience

All second-year students complete two work placements designed to introduce you to the workplace environment and form initial networks. Each placement consists of 30-40 hours of contact time with the organisation, either as a one-week block or spread over several weeks. These placements may also help you identify where you want to complete your third-year co-operative education experience.

All third-year Bachelor of Sport and Recreation students and fourth-year Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Sport and Recreation double degree students complete a placement of 350-400 hours with one organisation. You will generally spend two days per week in your placement, spread across two semesters (one academic year).

In addition to negotiated work activities, you will also undertake a specific project that is beneficial to the organisation. Throughout your placement, you will be supported by your academic supervisor from AUT.

It's a great way to get industry experience while still being able to get feedback from your AUT lecturers, and for many students this workplace experience also leads to a job offer when they graduate.

AUT has strong industry partnerships with organisations throughout New Zealand and overseas. Examples of local relationships include Aktive Auckland Sport and Recreation, Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre, Bruce Pulman Park, High Performance Sport New Zealand, Harbour Sport, YMCA and numerous other sports organisations and schools.

Other courses you may be interested in

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation & Bachelor of Business double degrees

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.46pm

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