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.

Management skills are needed across the sport and recreation industries. The sports field is not like a traditional business, and neither are the management skills needed to succeed in this area. 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.

Through the management major you develop expertise in sport management, marketing, facilities and events management, sponsorship, sport development, high-performance sport, leadership, law and finance. These management skills will open doors, both locally and internationally. You learn from staff with international and national experience, and have the opportunity 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

SPOR503 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Recreation
HEAL507 Health and Environment
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SPOR502 Innovative Planning in Sport and Recreation
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
SPOR504 Leadership in Sport and the Outdoors
HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
SPOR511 Skill Learning in Sport and Recreation
SPSC501 Sport and Exercise Science Fundamentals
SPOR501 Sport and Recreation in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Year 2

In addition to your Year 2 core papers you complete:

SPOR605 Sport Management
SPOR614 Sport Finance
SPOR604 Sport Marketing
SPOR607 Sport Development

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours, designed to introduce you to the workplace and help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.  

Year 3 papers

In addition to your Year 3 core papers, you complete:

SPOR705 Sport and Recreation Leadership Advanced
SPOR702 Entrepreneurship in Sport and Recreation

Plus two optional papers or electives from the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

Workplace experience

In your third year you complete 350-400 hours in an organisation which includes working on a project related to your major through the Co-operative Education papers. This takes approximately two days per week.

Recent placements included:

  • Athletics New Zealand
  • Counties Manukau Sport
  • Halberg Disability Sport Foundation
  • Harbour Sport
  • Hockey New Zealand
  • New Zealand Breakers
  • New Zealand Cricket
  • New Zealand Rugby League
  • New Zealand Rugby Union
  • Nike NZ
  • Northern Arena
  • School sports departments
  • Touch North Harbour
  • Total Sport (event management)
  • Triathlon New Zealand

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

Graduates and students of sport and recreation

Other majors in Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Other courses you may be interested in

Postgraduate Sport and Recreation Management


Last updated: 23-Sep-2016 1.08pm

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