Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Study at New Zealand's top sport and recreation university. Take your interest in sport, recreation and fitness, and create a rewarding career for yourself.

There's demand for skilled sport, recreation and fitness professionals in New Zealand and overseas. Join us and we help you develop the skills to play a key role in this exciting industry.

At AUT you have access to world-class facilities, high-achieving academics and researchers, and our outstanding workplace experience programme. Industry experience is an important part of your study, and you can choose from a vast number of host organisations.

Minimum entry requirements

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with one subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies and either Physical Education or a subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics.
  • Outdoor Education: Interview may be required

Preferred New Zealand school subjects

  • All subjects listed above are useful

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Sport and Recreation.

Certificate in Sport and Recreation

Majors you can study in the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

All students do the same papers in Year 1, so you don’t need to choose a major when you apply for the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation. You choose your major at the end of Year 1. You can also study a double major or complete the degree without a major, which gives you the flexibility to select a range of papers of interest from across all of our majors.

All papers and majors are available at the North Campus. All core papers, all first semester papers and the full Bachelor of Sport and Recreation standard pathway are available at the South Campus.

Year 1

Papers you can take in your first year include:

Year 2

In Year 2, you take three core papers:

This year also includes two work placements of 30-40 hours in different organisations. Each placement consists of 30-40 hours of contact time with the organisation, either as a one-week block or spread over several weeks. These placements may also help you identify where you want to complete your third-year workplace experience.You also complete major and optional papers in your area(s) of interest.

Year 3

In Year 3, you complete the final major and optional papers in your area(s) of interest.

Workplace experience

You also spend between 350 and 400 hours working with an organisation, including a specific project related to your studies. You generally spend two days per week in your placement, spread across two semesters (one academic year).

It’s a great way to get industry experience while still being able to get feedback from AUT lecturers, and for many of our students this workplace experience also leads to a job offer.

Broaden your options by studying double degrees

Double degrees double your knowledge and opportunities but don't take double the time to complete. If you study double degrees, you apply for and enrol separately in each of the two degrees. If you’re considering doing this, please seek course advice to discuss your plans. You may be able to cross-credit relevant papers from one degree to the other, although the number of cross-credits will vary depending on the degree combinations. Double degrees may be completed either one after the other or concurrently.

Study the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and:

As business and sport environments become more complex, professionals with skills in both areas are increasingly in demand. Professionals involved in the business and management aspects of sport are juggling the needs of athletes with the demands of commercial sponsors, media organisations and government. By studying both business and sport, you’ll prepare yourself for the challenges and rewards of a career in business or sport.

You can also combine your sport and recreation degree with a range of other options, including health promotion or psychology. Talk to us to discuss your plans.

We will provide advice to help you select a suitable combination of papers each year, depending on your interests and majors.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study will open up even more career opportunities for you.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3521
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
North Campus / South Campus
Starts:

16 Jul 2018

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.