Diploma in Sport and Recreation (Wellington Phoenix and Auckland Rugby)

Develop the skills and knowledge for further studies and your future career in sport and recreation.

Admission to this programme is limited to a specific cohort of students approved by the School of Sport and Recreation. It is not open to the general public.

Develop the skills and knowledge for further studies and your future career in sport and recreation. The Diploma in Sport and Recreation is a pathway for students who completed Year 12 and want to enter a tertiary programme that helps them gain UE. It covers a broad range of skills, including coaching, programme and event management, the body's response to exercise, quality service and supervision.

This programme brochure will be available soon.

  • NCEA: 48 credits at level 2 or higher including 8 level 2 credits in any one of Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects above

Note: Additional selection criteria may apply. Please refer to the AUT Academic Calendar for further details.

English language requirements
Students for whom English or Māori is not their first language are required to provide evidence of an IELTS score of 5.5 overall (academic module) with all bands 5.0 or higher (or equivalent) before they can enrol into the Diploma in Sport and Recreation.

You develop key skills in coaching and event management, as well as supervisory and practical industry skills.

You complete:

You also complete a selection of sport and recreation papers for your second semester of study (to make up a total of 120 points).

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.

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Satellite Campus
  • 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


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