Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 5) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5

11 February to 8 November 2019



One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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.

Students choose up to 120 credits at Level 5.  Electives 1 and 2 at Level 5 or above may be taken from this or another programme.

GEN100 Introduction  to Academic Skills
This paper aims to provide students with an introduction to academic writing and presentation requirements for degree level study. It will provide students with the necessary skills to support their learning in other papers in the areas of writing, communicating, and presenting. The use of relevant technology in academic study for both delivery of information and as a source of information is also an element of this paper.

SE5101 Health Aspects of Exercise and Nutrition
Develops an understanding of the relationship between physical activity, health and nutrition across the lifespan. Nutritional aspects related to health and exercise for the general population and special population groups will be investigated. The paper will further examine body composition, sound nutrition, weight control and nutrition for exercise.

SE5102 Exercise Prescription
Provides students with an understanding of safe and appropriate exercises for clients in a fitness centre environment. The focus will be on resistance training. Students will make use of movement analysis to enhance their understanding of resistance training exercises. Knowledge gained through active participation in fitness centre programmes will result in students being able to prescribe exercise programmes to assist in the improvement of flexibility, strength and weight control.

SE5103 Applied Anatomy
Students will develop an understanding of human body structure. The paper promotes integration of anatomy, kinesiology, biophysics, and biomechanics with reference to the musculoskeletal system.

SE5104 Physiology
Students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic concepts of physiology as they relate to the human body.  They will be able to describe the biology and chemistry of the cell and tissues, and the systemic and inter-systemic functions, their response to exercise, which will provide a sound theoretical foundation for further studies in pathology and abnormal physiology.

SE5105 Managing Sport and Leisure
Develops an understanding of the sport/leisure industry in New Zealand and provide students with the opportunity to manage leisure events. Students will explore historical, political and economic influences on leisure. The role of public and private providers of sport and leisure will be investigated. Students will discuss the factors affecting the sport and leisure industry including marketing strategies and management features. An understanding of programming and participation in event management form the practical aspects to this paper.

SE5106 Sport in Society
Develops an understanding of society and its relationship with sport. Students will examine the place of sport in the context of different subgroups in New Zealand society and society in general. Students have the opportunity to study theories of play and recreation and develop their own philosophy. Students will also have the opportunity to further their understanding in a selected area.

SE5108 Sport Pedagogy
Introduces students to the fundamentals of effective teaching and coaching. This paper will provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge of a range of sporting and recreational activities. A wide range of sports, recreational and cultural activities will be included. Sessions will include a selection of sports, effective teaching and coaching strategies, session planning, motor skill learning, sports performance, dance and Te Reo Kori. 

SE5109 Aquatics
Extends students' practical knowledge and skill competence in water based activities. A range of water sports will be covered and may include activities such as water polo, surfing, snorkelling, underwater hockey, canoe polo and sailing/windsurfing. Water safety, managing risks in water activities, swimming technique, swimming performance and life guarding skills will form the central focus for this paper.

SE5110 Conditioning for Endurance Sport
By using endurance as a focus, students will learn and experience what it is like to be involved in endurance sports.  Students will examine nutrition, training for endurance, programme preparation, programme periodisation, first aid and event safety, as they prepare for their active participation in endurance activities. Skills such as mountain biking, flat water kayaking, off-road running and road biking form the practical basis of this paper.

SE5111 Coaching Internship
Students undertake a coaching internship. They will negotiate the internship, establish a contact with stakeholder participate, participate in coaching and reflect. This paper encourages positive, self-motivating, reflective behaviour and close relationship all stakeholders.

SE5243 Mountain based Recreation-Rock/Alpine
Introduces students to top-rope rock climbing, setting-up of anchors and abseiling skills on single-pitch crags. Students will travel above the bush line and experience alpine environments. Students will review and discuss literature related to outdoor recreation, challenge and adventure. The paper aims to equip students with the technical skills that can be used to build an experience base for industry outdoor instructor qualifications.

Elective 1

Elective 2

Elective papers may be taken from this or another programme at Level 5 or above.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $1175 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Depending upon choice of electives, graduates will be equipped to provide advice and education to the public on healthy eating habits and exercise; perform fitness assessments and develop exercise programmes; plan, manage and evaluate leisure and recreation events, as well as teach and coach selected sports such as rugby, tennis, hockey, golf or a sport of choice.

The Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 5) provides a path for students to enter the Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 6) or into the second year of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise.

Employment opportunities may be found in sports and fitness centres, as fitness trainers, sports coaches, small business owners of fitness centres or as outdoor recreation leadership assistants.

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 - Three subjects at Level 3 or above made up of the following:

  • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of five credits in reading and five credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above made up of specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or unit standards (package of three numeracy unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627 - all three required)

Not withstanding the stated criteria, applicants will be considered where they can demonstrate a likelihood of success in the programme. This includes commitment to a sporting code and/or recent experience working in a sport and exercise related capacity in a sports related business or gym. 

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. This includes successful completion of a programme of study at Level 4 or above and/or commitment to a sporting code and/or recent experience working in a sport and exercise related capacity in a sports related business or gym. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment

IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed an SIT programme, and be eligible for award of a qualification, they must have:

  • attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme
  • completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments
  • successfully completed assessment requirements for all modules, and achieved a total of 120 credits.

In order to be awarded the Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 5), students must attain the minimum number of prescribed credits as specified in the programme schedule. (Please note that  students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours will forfeit zero fees entitlement).