Coaching major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Student Profile – Larissa Eruera

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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. 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. This major emphasises an athlete-centred approach to coaching. We use the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach which is based on dynamic systems of learning - we recognise successful coaching doesn't focus on technique in isolation. With the large number of coaching positions available in the areas of performance analysis and performance sports, this major provides highly sought after skills.

AUT offers extensive practical work experience with athletes through reputable industry partners, including regional sports trusts, Greater Auckland Coaching Unit (GACU); primary, intermediate and secondary schools; national and regional sports organisations and clubs. This major will prepare you for the challenge of a coaching career in sport, recreation, and health and physical education. 

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree outline


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

Year 1

Semester 1 compulsory papers:
515009 Nutrition, Activity and Health
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
515206 Managing Sport and Recreation
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Semester 2 papers
515556 Coaching Practice
515557 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Plus two optional papers

Year 2

Core papers (across all Bachelor of Sport and Recreation majors)
516001 Industry Experience and Research

516023 Legal Issues for Sport and Recreation
516557 Sport and Recreation in Society

Coaching papers
516012 Coaching Practice II
516036 Skill Acquisition
516038 Analysing Performance

You also undertake two industry placements of 30 hours each.

Plus two optional papers.

Year 3 papers

You complete two coaching papers:
517019 Integrated Coaching Practice
517039 Pedagogy and Performance
Plus two optional papers

Cooperative Education
In the third year you also undertake a major cooperative education placement paper, which takes approximately two days per week. You are encouraged to continue playing and/or coaching in your own sport alongside your studies to become more marketable to employers when you graduate.

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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Last updated: 04-Dec-2015 10.38am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.