Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

Study at one of the world's best sport and recreation universities. 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.

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Minimum entry requirements

International student entry requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Art History, Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, Media Studies, Social Studies and either Physical Education or a subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics

English language requirements

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

English language requirements

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 courses 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 courses of interest from across all of our majors.

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

Year 1

Courses you can take in your first year include:

Year 2

In Year 2, you take three core courses:

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 courses in your area(s) of interest.

Year 3

In Year 3, you complete the final major and optional courses 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 necessarily 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 courses 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 courses each year, depending on your interests and majors.

Postgraduate study

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

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Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time / part-time available
North Campus
South Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$7,669 - $10,489 (for 120 points)
($6,595 - $9,415 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$38,074 (for 120 points)
($37,000 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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