Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports and Exercise Science).xml Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

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DegreeFull time - 3 years, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$6,400 - $7,100


February. July start may be available, please enquire.





Course related costs

$1,000 textbooks, travel to work placements



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


In our full time three year programme you will study theory and develop the practical skills needed for working in sports, health and wellness sectors.

The essence of this programme is the belief that the application of scientific theory and principles to sport and exercise will enhance performance. As such, you'll gain hands-on experience with a wide range of modern equipment in both a laboratory and field-based environments, and you'll learn how to evaluate, facilitate and/or enhance sports performance in a wide range of contexts.

Some of the areas covered within the degree include:

  • The application of sports science in New Zealand
  • The relationship between sports science disciplines including exercise physiology sports nutrition, biomechanics and sports psychology
  • Applied sport science testing
  • Training for enhanced sports performance
  • Assessing and tracking changes in performance
  • Industry experience in a wide range of high performance environments such as The Crusaders, Canterbury Rugby Football Union and High Performance Sport New Zealand

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:

    • biology or human biology or physical education
    • another subject, preferably core health/health education, physics, statistics, mathematics, chemistry, geography and psychology. (Human Nutrition specialisation applicants must have a minimum of 14 credits in Chemistry at Level 2)
    • one other subject from the list of approved subjects*
    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements
  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Pre Health and Science programme of study towards the Bachelor of Applied Science or the Certificate in Fitness.

  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referree reports.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

All applicants must meet the academic entry criteria for the identified Bachelor of Applied Science specialisation. Should the number of applicants exceed the available places a wait list will be maintained. Applicants may be invited for interview by phone or face to face if further information is required. Final selection is based on both academic and other entry criteria, such as knowledge of and previous experience within the spcialisation areas, and effective organisational and communication skills. Provisional entry does not apply.

Applications close on 2 December each year but late applications will be considered where spaces are available.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an applied science domestic application pack or an applied science international pack.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme you will have a qualification that enables you to work with people to set goals, improve their diet and exercise regimes.

  • Sports and exercise organisations and businesses
  • Consultant work
  • Fitness training
  • Sport and exercise science research

Study pathways

Add to this qualification with our Graduate Diploma in Sustainability and Outdoor Education.

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