Graduate Diploma in Physical Activity, Health and Wellness.xml Graduate Diploma in Physical Activity, Health and Wellness

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Graduate Diploma in Physical Activity, Health and Wellness

Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,500 - $7,300


February. July start may be available, please enquire.





Course related costs

$300 approximately for textbooks per year, travel to work placements



Domestic Applications due

Received all year, preferably before 30 November

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Further your expertise in health promotion and physical activity through course work, a research project and industry-based work experience.

In this one year programme you will gain an understanding of the application of a wide range of skills in the use of physical activity in health and wellness.

The programme will focus on how physical activity and associated disciplines, enables people to take control, and to improve, their health and wellness outcomes.

You will learn to create targeted exercise programmes and prescribe them to improve population health and wellness.

You will look at both individual behaviour as well as a wide range of social and environmental interventions in population health and will also gain knowledge of physical activity for special populations. The programme provides significant opportunity for applied research, research projects and work placements.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 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
  • A Bachelor of Applied or Health Science or equivalent in any field excluding Physical Activity and Health Promotion or equivalent.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • If your degree was completed more than five years ago you must also have current relevant work experience.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • For acceptable alternatives, including NCEA, refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an international application form and send it back to us.

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.

  • Physical activity development
  • Lifestyle consultant
  • Physical activity prescription specialist
  • Health promotion
  • Health science research

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science