Management major: Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Chonaire Huriwai
Student Profile – Chonaire Huriwai

Being able to get industry experience while studying makes AUT stand out from other universities, says Chonaire Huriwai, a final-year Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Sport and Recreation student. Read more of Chonaire's story.

The sports field is not like a traditional business, and neither are the management skills required. With the large number of professional athletes, sports organisations, facilities and events in New Zealand, people with specialist business and management skills applicable to the sport and recreation sector are in high demand.

This sports management major helps you develop expertise in the areas of management, marketing, facilities and events management, sponsorship, sport development, high-performance sport, leadership, law and finance. These skills will open doors, both locally and internationally. You will be taught by staff who have international and national experience and you will be given opportunities to work with local sporting bodies and events.

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation: degree outline


Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the 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
515205 Sport and Recreation Marketing
Plus three 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

Sport Management papers

516011 School and Community Sport
516028 Sustainable Sports Event Management
516049 Financial Management for Sport and Recreation
Plus two optional papers.

Year 3 papers

You complete two management papers:
517035 Sport and Recreation Communications
517036 Leadership in Sport and Recreation

You will also select other approved optional papers from the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation or elective papers from the Bachelor of Business to complement this major.

Cooperative Education
In your third year you also undertake a major cooperative education placement which takes approximately two days per week throughout your third year. Recent placements included Counties Manukau Sport, New Zealand Cricket, New Zealand Rugby League, Athletics New Zealand, Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, Northern Arena, Touch North Harbour, Hockey New Zealand, New Zealand Breakers, New Zealand Rugby Union, school sports departments and many, many others.

Career opportunities

  • Community events coordinator
  • Director of sports
  • Sports and events manager
  • Marketing services manager
  • Programme coordinator
  • Sales and marketing executive
  • School sports coordinator
  • Sponsorship manager
  • Sport and leisure facility manager or coordinator
  • Sport development manager
  • Sports sponsorship coordinator

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Last updated: 20-May-2016 8.29am

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