AUT - Coaching major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

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Coaching major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Coaching is an exciting and extremely rewarding area of sport in New Zealand. With this major, you will gain the skills and knowledge to become a coach.

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree outline


This major focuses on the ‘coaching process’, which involves working with athletes across a broad spectrum of skill levels from coaching beginner athletes to high performance elite athletes. A central approach in this major involves the athlete centred approach to coaching. We use the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach and constraint led pedagogies. With the large number of coaching positions available in the areas of performance analysis and performance sports, people with these skills are needed in the community. 

AUT offers extensive practical work experience with athletes through reputable industry partners. This major will prepare you for the challenge of a coaching career in sport, recreation, and health and physical education.  


Year 1

Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar. 

You will study core or compulsory papers from across the degree.

Core papers
515009 Nutrition, Activity and Health
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
515206 Managing Sport and Recreation
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
515556 Coaching Practice
515557 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
and 2 optional BSR papers

Years 2 and 3

You take papers from your major area(s) of study and undertake your industry work placements (co-operative education).

Year 2 papers
516001 Industry Experience and Research
516012 Coaching Practice II
516023 Legal Issues for Sport and Recreation
516557 Sport and Recreation in Society
516036 Skill Acquisition
516038 Analysing Performance
and 2 optional BSR papers

Year 3 papers
517001 Sport and Recreation Co-operative I (in a coaching area)
517002 Sport and Recreation Co-operative II (in a coaching area)
517019 Integrated Coaching Practice
517039 Pedagogy and Performance
and 2 optional BSR papers

Optional Papers

You may wish to select paper 516011 School and Community Sport, some exercise science papers, and/or nutrition papers to complement this major.

Career opportunities

  • Coach development manager
  • Coach force officer or coordinator
  • Coach with regional or national sports organisations
  • Skills coach
  • Kiwisport coordinator
  • Physical education teacher*
  • Professional coach with youth and development teams
  • Recreation programme coordinator
  • School sports coordinator

* Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching (one additional year of full-time study and training in how to teach, subject to meeting entry and selection criteria)

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