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Study Sport, Exercise & Recreation at SIT

From the fundamentals of fitness to the science of sporting success, studying Sport, Exercise and Recreation at SIT will give you the start you need for a career in the industry. Our programmes attract a high calibre of students, from elite sportspeople to sports administrators and academic achievers, and our programmes produce graduates who are skilled and knowledgeable practitioners, as well as researchers who have successful careers.

Many of our graduates move into the rapidly growing field of exercise science/health promotion/rehabilitation, while others pursue roles in sport and leisure management areas, or complete the course as preparation for a career in police, teacher training, fire service or armed services.

SIT Sport, Exercise and Recreation students work with athletes and sports administrators at all levels, including elite national and regional representative teams and individuals, but also at community and school levels, as well as amateur sport and recreation activities. With a wide range of programmes, we offer the opportunity for every student to pursue their interests as part of a quality educational programme.

Our courses have been offered since 1998 and our graduates are working and studying in New Zealand and around the globe. Many have continued their study at postgraduate, masters and doctorate level.

Degree level study

If you're considering undertaking a degree in Physical Education or Exercise Science, take a closer look at SIT's Bachelor of Sport and Exercise. This is a top quality academic degree offering a choice of pathways in Recreation Management, Exercise Science/Health Promotion or PE (Physical Education) Teaching.

We take approximately twenty students into each of our first year programmes. We may also accept selected students into years two and three Diploma and Bachelor programmes, depending on their academic background and work experience. The small class sizes enable us to offer a very ‘hands on’ course with a high level of pastoral care. You can be assured that you will receive a quality education with targeted vocational practice.

Fantastic facilities

SIT has a newly upgraded and expanded gym on site which is well suited for health and fitness, rehabilitation and high performance sport. The gym features quality Cybex equipment and Olympic training weights, and students have access to a variety of specialist equipment in our Human Performance Centre including a VO2 metabolic cart. 

The wider Southland region is a recreation paradise with some of the best international sporting facilities in New Zealand. The region boasts numerous world-class sporting facilities including NZ’s first indoor cycling velodrome, water-based hockey turfs on a par with the Beijing Olympic fields, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and a brand new indoor multi-purpose stadium. There are many sports clubs to join and easy access to outdoor activities in nearby Fiordland, the Catlins and Central Otago. 

Train while you study

Historically the south has always provided its fair share of sporting heroes in various fields. In more recent years, our sports stars have been proudly tutored by SIT in our wide variety of Sport and Exercise Science qualifications. Several Olympians, Paralympians and professional sportspeople are currently undertaking their sporting qualifications at SIT – utilising the flexibility of the course to manage their sporting achievements alongside their tertiary training. 

Programmes in Sport, Exercise & Recreation

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Christchurch

OCertificate39Sport, Exercise & Recreation3Christchurch

Invercargill

OMasters39Sport, Exercise & Recreation1Invercargill
OPostgraduate39Sport, Exercise & Recreation1Invercargill
OGraduate39Sport, Exercise & Recreation1Invercargill
ODegree39Sport, Exercise & Recreation1Invercargill
ODiploma39Sport, Exercise & Recreation1Invercargill
OCertificate39Sport, Exercise & Recreation1Invercargill

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OCertificate39Sport, Exercise & Recreation4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR39Sport, Exercise & Recreation4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

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Sport, Exercise & Recreation Courses

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18 Months full-time

Graduates of the Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will be able to:

  • Set and justify priorities, solve complex problems using credible evidence in novel environments, and organise and manage resources related to wellness and rehabilitation or performance.
  • Design, carry out and communicate the results of significant research projects in the field of wellness and rehabilitation and relate the findings to professional and research literature.
  • Analyse and critique professional and research publications in wellness, rehabilitation and related subject areas, identify practical applications and relate findings to their own research.
  • Apply their analytical and research capabilities to unfamiliar situations involving the application of wellness and rehabilitation practices.
  • Research, integrate and apply advanced understanding of wellness and rehabilitation approaches, assessment, training and methodology
  • Demonstrate high levels of skill as a wellness and rehabilitation practitioner or in a research role in an organisation.
  • Think critically and act responsibly when confronted with academic or professional challenges.

Course Details

Six Months full-time

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners wishing to undertake a short programme of study in order to extend and update their knowledge and skills. The aim is to extend their capability in critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership and management, in professional settings.

The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Course Details

One year full-time

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners and recent graduates (in fields such as chiropractic, health science, massage therapy, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sport and exercise) wishing to undertake a comprehensive programme of study in order to upgrade their qualifications and extend their knowledge and skills with the objective of obtaining employment or advancing their careers. The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the broad knowledge and skill set (including problem-solving), that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Course Details

One year full time

This programme aims to develop a broad theoretical knowledge in the fields of sport and exercise and a holistic understanding of sport and exercise and its importance to the community.  It recognises the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi to the New Zealand people and raises awareness of the implications of the treaty with respect to community and resource management in the fields of sport and exercise.  Students will develop a range of practical expertise in the sport and exercise industry by developing a close working relationship with various organisations.

Course Details

Three years full time

  • This is a top quality academic degree with the choice of majoring in Recreation Management, Exercise Science/Health Promotion or PE (Physical Education) Teaching
  • Papers include anatomy, physiology, exercise prescription, endurance conditioning, rehabilitation, nutrition, psychology, research, communication, business and marketing
  • Specialist equipment in our Human Performance Centre includes a VO2 metabolic cart and students get regular opportunities to test and work with top local athletes
  • Students gain work experience in their area of interest during a  six month industry placement in the third year

Course Details

One year full time

Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 6) students will study topics such as fitness assessment and programming, psychology, programming outdoor education, human movement and integrated sciences, nutrition for human performance, experiential and adapted outdoor education, research and statistics, management for professional practice and exercise physiology. Students will also be able to choose two elective options at Levels 5 to 7.

Course Details

One year full time

Students will study subjects such as communications, exercise prescription, applied anatomy, physiology, health aspects of exercise and nutrition, managing sport and recreation, sport and recreation in society, aquatics and conditioning for endurance sport. Students will also be able to choose two elective options at Levels 5-7.

Course Details

19 weeks Full-Time or

One year Part-Time

Graduates will be able to:

  • Design exercise programmes to the industry standard and implement advanced exercise options to enhance client performance
  • Provide appropriate referrals and follow-up actions to address nutritional requirements as part of personalised exercise prescription
  • Integrate a broad range of health and wellness factors into an extended exercise intervention programme to meet client goals and objectives
  • Analyse and select from a range of advanced exercise options underpinned by exercise science to customise exercise assessment and programmes
  • Design programmes and apply exercise principles within scope of practice using understanding of the indications and contraindications for symptomatic or apparently healthy people
  • Develop networks with other allied professionals to support exercise client outcomes

Course Details

19 weeks Full-Time or

One year Part-Time

Graduates will be able to:

  • Choreograph, deliver and adapt safe and effective group exercise classes for one or more different class types and varying exercise abilities
  • Encourage group exercise participants to develop skills and knowledge to improve own health and wellbeing
  • Integrate culturally appropriate values, processes and protocols to respond to participant exercise needs
  • Enhance movement patterns in group exercise classes by utilising knowledge of anatomy and physiology
  • Use business skills and create an awareness of exercise products and services to develop and maintain a client base

Course Details

19 weeks Full-Time or

One year Part-Time

Graduates will be able to:

  • Deliver safe and effective exercise programmes, including prescreening, within own scope of practice and industry code of ethics
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to adapt and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes to individuals
  • Adapt programmes for apparently healthy people and common at risk groups using exercise science and testing
  • Apply motivational and communication techniques to enhance individual participant commitment to a personalised exercise programme
  • Apply a health and wellness framework and evidence-based nutrition principles to support a personalised exercise programme and recommend referral pathways to allied health professionals
  • Use marketing and business tools and techniques to support business practices as an exercise professional

Course Details

One year full time

The Certificate in Sport and Recreation equips students with practical skills to ensure competence in a variety of sport, fitness and recreation fields, including sporting bodies, fitness training and leisure centres, regional and local authorities and outdoor recreation providers. 

Course Details

14 weeks fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 14 weeks long.

Important Information The Certificate in Sports Training and Development (Level 3) is expiring at the end of 2019 and has been replaced by the NZ Certificate in Sports Coaching (Level 3). The Certificate in Sports Training and Development will not be delivered after this point (Dec 2019). This will require students to complete their studies in  the Certificate before the end of 2019. Part time students will need to consider this in selecting their enrolments.

No new students will be accepted into Certificate in Sports Training and Development for 2019

This certificate will help students gain the skills and knowledge for work or further training in the sports training sector. The content gives athletes and coaches the knowledge to allow themselves and others to achieve their potential. The programme has a strong focus on sport psychology, nutrition and exercise prescription and finding out how the body becomes stronger, fitter and faster when stressed by exercise.

Course Details

17 weeks

Group fitness has to be one of the most exciting areas in fitness.  If you are passionate about helping others be the best they can be, then there is no better way of making a real difference than instructing a group fitness class.  The awesome atmosphere created from leading a group of enthusiastic participants through a fun and effective workout to music is hard to beat! Become a choreographer, an entertainer, a coach and a mentor.

You will develop the skills and knowledge from industry experts to become a great group fitness instructor.  Our blended delivery model includes self directed study, classroom sessions and weekly practical classes, offering you flexibility and support so you can be the best!

The course covers fitness fundamentals, mechanics of music, group communication and control, creating choreography, delivering a dynamic performance and much more.

Course Details

14 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 14 weeks long

To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to further training in the sports sector.

To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies or employment in the sports sector.

 

Course Details

The aim of this programme is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge to work in the recreation and sport community and/or provide knowledge for students to progress into more advanced studies in sport and exercise. Students have the option to gain individual unit standards without completing the full qualification. Career Pathways: Employment opportunities may include sports coaching, sports management or working within sporting or fitness organisations. You may continue onto further study at our SIT2LRN distance learning and complete: Certificate in Sports Training & Development or apply to study on campus: Diploma in Sport and Recreation, Diploma in Sport and Exercise (Level 5) and Bachelor of Sport and Exercise.

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