Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 19 June

2020 Semester 2: 06 July to 06 November


One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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.

The Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise will naturally sit alongside the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise programme to give opportunity for study in this discipline to those degree-level graduates from a relevant background, or those already working in the Sport and Recreation industries.

Knowledge in anatomy and nutrition is a prerequisite to course entry.

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.

SE6248 Exercise Physiology
Provides students with physiological knowledge, skills and understanding which underpin current theories and practice of training for performance and health.  The focus of this module 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.

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 module 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.

SE7330 Marketing and Economics in the Leisure Industry
Develops a broad understanding of economic and marketing principles for application to business/leisure services. The paper will enable students to understand the economic issues central to an organisation’s activity and decision making. They will develop the knowledge and understanding which is needed to assess a service, budget, promotion and sponsorship options and to make marketing mix recommendations for specific markets.

SE7331 Applied Sport and Leisure Management
Students will examine event and human resource management, and plan for and carry out a specific project or event. This paper will develop knowledge of the New Zealand industrial relations system and apply public relations and management theory to the sport/leisure environment.  By use of the ‘case study’ system, the paper will enable students to apply theory to practical aspects of leisure management and leisure promotion. 

SE7341 Applied Sport Science
Extends students' knowledge in sports performance, conditioning and testing. Students will gain practical experience by training athletes as well as undertaking investigative studies in sport science. The presentation of seminars to peers on selected topics of interest in this field will ensure that current material is critically analysed, debated and discussed.

SE7342 Exercise and Nutrition as Therapy
Investigates current issues of exercise management and nutrition as therapy for health. The emphasis will be on exercise management and nutrition strategies for specific conditions, including chronic diseases and disabilities.

SE7344 Applied Pedagogy in Sport and Physical Education
Examines good teaching practice and its application to sports coaching and teaching physical education in schools. Teaching methods will be examined and evidenced based research in pedagogy will be critically analysed. The New Zealand Physical Education / Health curriculum will be introduced and linked unit / lesson plans developed. Students will develop skills through practical fieldwork, analysis, observation, planning, reflection and peer teaching / coaching.

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.

Graduates will be able to perform fitness assessments and prescribe exercise programmes, manage sport and recreation facilities and teach health promotion and fitness in various fitness related and educational settings.

Entry is open to degree graduates who have graduated successfully from a relevant bachelor degree programme or can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline. Knowledge in anatomy, physiology and nutrition is required.

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 & 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 3 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.

All enrolments in the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise are approved at the discretion of the programme manager in consultation with the head of faculty and teaching staff as required.

Every candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise is required to follow to the satisfaction of the Board of Studies, a programme of study for a minimum period of one year. The year of study comprises two 17-week semesters.

The overall programme of study for every candidate requires 120 credits for successful completion of the qualification. Individual papers may have specific pre-requisites or other knowledge/skill requirements, which must be satisfied by all students.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise, the student will have been credited with all required papers and electives as specified in the graduate diploma schedule.

A student completing the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise will normally be expected to complete the one-year (full-time equivalent) within four years. Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty with the approval and recommendation of the Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

(Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours will forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.)