Coaching Major - Bachelor of Sport and Recreation

AUT's coaching degree prepares you for a coaching career in sport, recreation, health and physical education, and the growing area of coach development.

Coaching is an exciting and rewarding area of sport in New Zealand. Coaches work with athletes of all skill levels, from beginners to high-performance athletes, and there’s a large number of coaching positions available in the areas of performance analysis and performance sports.

Develop the skills to become a top coach. You gain a sound understanding of the coaching process, and work with athletes of different skill levels through your workplace experience. There’s strong input from our industry partners, including Aktive Auckland Sport and Recreation, national and regional sport organisations and clubs; primary, intermediate and secondary schools, and regional sports trusts.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.

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Year 1

Semester 1 courses

Semester 2 courses

You also need to complete one of these courses

Year 2

Plus two optional/elective courses.

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

Courses you study this year

Plus two optional/elective courses.

Workplace experience in the Coaching major

In your third year you complete 350 to 400 hours in an organisation, which includes working on a project related to your major through the Cooperative Education courses. This takes approximately two days per week. We also encourage you to continue playing or coaching in your own sport alongside your studies to apply your skills and make your CV stand out to future employers.

Recent placements included:

  • One New Zealand Warriors
  • Kelly Sports
  • Northern Football Federation
  • Aktive Auckland
  • SoccerPlusNZ
  • Rangitoto College

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Workplace experience in AUT programmes

  • Coach development manager
  • Coach for regional or national sports organisations, or youth and development teams
  • Kiwisport co-ordinator
  • Health and physical education teacher*
  • Recreation programme co-ordinator
  • School sports co-ordinator

*After completing the one-year Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching


Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Coaching Careers

Key features
  • Modern athlete-centred coaching practice
  • Workplace experience with national and regional sporting bodies or schools
  • Wide-ranging coaching skills, from beginners to high-performance athletes
See yourself as
  • A strong leader and a people person
  • Good at planning, management and organisation
  • Able to inspire athletes and teams
Rory Moore
Anuj Patel
Yvaan Hapuku-Lambert
Connor Gibbs

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