Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 6) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6

12 February to 9 November 2018

9 July 2018 to 21 June 2019


One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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.

Students must undertake a minimum of 90 credits at level 6 and a minimum of 120 credits overall to be awarded this qualification.

GEN200 Research and Statistics
This paper aims to prepare the student for professional practice by presenting research as a uniting strategy for practice, theory and scholarship.  Students will be introduced to several approaches to research, both qualitative and quantitative.  Students will also be assisted to develop skills as a beginning researcher.

SE6201 Biophysical Foundation of Human Movement
This paper builds on Applied Anatomy and Physiology. The study of body systems and the application of biochemical and microbiologic processes to normal body function is continued. An introduction to sport medicine is included with practical application of strapping techniques.

SE6202 Management for Professional Practice
This paper will provide the basic principles of management and leadership as they pertain to applied recreation settings. The paper recognises that students will work as part of an interdisciplinary team with both licensed and unlicensed personnel.

SE6241 Fitness Assessment and Programming
The paper will provide students with physiological knowledge, skills and understanding to carry out effective lifestyle assessment and physical activity programming for the general population. The focus of this paper will be on assessing individual needs and designing appropriate exercise programmes. Special considerations will be examined e.g. pregnancy, back problems and cardiac rehabilitation. Related aspects including behaviour change and exercise adherence will also be covered.

SE6245 Nutrition for Human Performance
The paper will examine the management of nutrition for sports performance, exercise and weight control. Issues related to measurement, analysis and professional practice are central to this paper.

SE6247 Psychology in Sport, Health and Education
The paper will introduce students to developmental psychology, health psychology and psychology related to human performance. The paper will examine social development and cognition across the lifespan, learning and social theory, healthy behaviour, psychopathology, exercise psychology and an introduction to psychology in sport. The role of psychology will be examined to understand physical activity determinants and strategies to achieve behaviour change.

SE6248 Exercise Physiology
The paper will provide students with physiological knowledge, skills and understanding which underpin current theories and practice of training for performance and health.  The focus of this paper will be to examine the physiological basis of training by evaluation and application of scientific research to training theory.  The measurement of many of the parameters of fitness will allow students to evaluate fitness and thus allow effective training protocols to be prescribed.

SE6282 Programming Outdoor Education
This paper will develop an understanding of programming theory and promote an awareness of outdoor education. There will be a focus on programme planning, risk management, team building and personal development. Components important to programme planning include: knowledge about theories of learning applied to outdoor settings, the learning process and the role of the outdoor recreation practitioner in this process, assessment, activity analysis, developmental and age appropriate activities, adaptations and modifications, risk management and evaluation. Practical classes may include activities such as: challenge ropes course, bush navigation, abseiling, tramping, climbing, caving, kayaking and cycling. Students will plan and undertake an outdoor journey.

Elective 1

Elective 2

Electives may be chosen from this or another programme at level 5, 6 or 7.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2018 direct material costs of $1175.80 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Depending on elective choice, graduates will be equipped to manage sport and recreation services, design and implement physical activity for special population groups (e.g. cardiac rehabilitation, back conditions, pregnancy), provide dietary and physical conditioning and analysis and advice to athletes and the general public; provide coaching and sports counselling to athletes to enhance optimum performance; lead and instruct groups in outdoor settings; prepare risk management plans for outdoor activities, as well as develop outdoor activity programmes for special populations (e.g. youth at risk, the unemployed, retirees, the tourism industry).

Graduates can critique research and write academic assignments. Graduates of this programme may staircase onto further study such as the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise.

Graduates can work in management roles in sports and fitness centres, in sport and recreation related retail businesses, as fitness trainers, as coaches and in leadership or assistant leadership roles in outdoor recreation businesses.

Successful completion of Southern Institute of Technology’s Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Level 5) or the equivalent.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, 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 passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency  Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS Test: Academic Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or FCE for schools or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: PToE Academic with score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • NZCEL: Level 4 with the Academic endorsement 

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they: 

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least three years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or passed one of the English language tests listed above.

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 6), 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).