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Wintec sport student in training exercise

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,027* per year
  • You may qualify for fee-free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus


Students in this programme will gain the skills and knowledge to become a well-rounded practitioner of sport and exercise science. The programme includes coaching, exercise physiology, sport nutrition and psychology, biomechanics, sport rehabilitation, and personal training.

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake research projects with clients and work alongside industry professionals. Students will have access to the same state-of-the-art sport testing and consulting facilities used by national and international athletes.

What you will learn

All third-year students will complete practical experiences in their specific areas of interest. These may be accrued by placements at local gymnasiums, working with clients for injury rehabilitation, nutrition, physical conditioning and performance assessment and improvement. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake research projects with clients and work alongside respected industry professionals.

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Biokinetic Clinic manager Dr Gynis Longhurst talks about the Wellness and Lifestyle pathway component

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Group A compulsory level 5 modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPHP​501Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy 515  
SPHP502Physical Literacy 515  
SPHP503Human Body Systems 1 515 
SPHP504Exercise Programming and Design​ 515  
SPHP506Human Movement Studies515  
SPHP507Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology 515  
SPHP508Lifestyle, Nutrition and Health515  
SPHP513Human Body Systems 2​
HSPT501Te Hihiri515  

Group B compulsory level 6 module

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPHP610Research Methods​

Group C elective modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPHP601Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation 615SPHP501 
SPHP602Coaching​ Pedagogy615SPHP507 
SPHP603Exercise Physiology 615SPHP503SPHP513​
SPHP604Advanced Exercise P​rogramme Design 615SPHP504 
SPHP605Outdoor Education615
SPHP606Biomechanical Applications in Sport and Exercise615SPHP506
SPHP607Sport and Exercise Psychology 615SPHP507​ 
SPHP608Sport Nutrition615  
SPHP612Motor Learning and Control615SPHP506 

Group D elective modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
SPHP701Assessment and Rehabilitation of Injury 715SPHP601 
SPHP702Advanced Sport Coaching​715SPHP602​ 
SPHP703Physiological Preparation for Sport 715SPHP603 SPHP618
SPHP704Applied Exercise P​rogramming715SPHP603SPHP604 
SPHP705Practicum715​Completed first 4 semesters; panel selection 
SPHP706Applied Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise715SPHP606
SPHP707Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 715SPHP607​ 
SPHP708Nutrition and Metabolism in Sport715SPHP608SPHP618 
SPHP710Research Topics in Sport and Exercise715SPHP610​ 
SPHP711Exercise Prescription for Special Populations715  
SPHP714Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning715SPHP603​​SPHP604​​ 
SPHP715Directed Study715
SPHP718Community Nutrition and Health Promotion715SPHP508​​ 


Group E option

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
DFNZ701Design Factory Industry Project730  
BIBM500Introduction to Accounting515  
BIBM521Commercial Law515  
BIBM550Introduction to Marketing515  
BIBM571Management (Operations)515  
BIBM606Introduction to Finance515BIBM550 
BIBM622The Law of Business Entities515BIBM521 
BIBM631Event Planning and Management515BIBM571 
BIBM651Marketing, Planning and Control515BIBM550 
BIBM672Operations Management515  
BIBM673Project Management515  
BIBM681Human Resources515  
BIBM770Resource Integration Management615  
BIBM771Strategic Management615  

The 30 credit module DFNZ701 can be offered as an option within any Wintec degree programme, wherever the degree programme structures allows such an option.  Admission into the Design Factory module is on negotiation with the Centre Director or delegated authority and selection into the module is in line with the Design Factory process

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
SPRT501Fitness Industry Business Skills515  

The 15 credit module SPRT501 can be offered as an option within the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise degree programme, wherever the degree programme structure allows such an option.

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
MASS501Relaxation and Wellness Massage515 SPHP501
MASS603Massage for Physical Performance615  

Modules MASS501 and MASS603 can be offered as an option within the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science degree programme, wherever the degree programme structure allows such an option.

Design Factory NZ

In their third year of study, students can apply to study the 30 credit Design Factory NZ module. This experience teaches a range of problem-solving methodologies, which students will apply to a real-world challenge provided by an industry partner. Students will work in a multi-disciplinary team alongside students from engineering, business, IT, sport and exercise science, media arts, and more. 

Joining Design Factory NZ will provide students with the opportunity to learn and work in new ways, prototype solutions to complex problems, and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - all in high-demand for the workplace of the future.

Read more about Design Factory NZ here.

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Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed in a wide range of areas within the sport science, health and fitness, and education sectors including local and regional sports organisations, health and fitness centres, community health, and personal and team fitness training.

Application process

  1. Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form
  2. If you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, complete the online Additional Information Form. This will enable us to assess your application further.
  3. If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  4. We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you are a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN); if we can not, we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Once you have submitted your application

  • We will email you to confirm we have received it and let you know if there is anything more we need from you.
  • We will assess your application and let you know the outcome.
  • If you are accepted to study, we will send you an enrolment offer letter - you will need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.


Do you need any financial help? If you intend on studying this programme, you can apply for a Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance Scholarship. More information and applications forms are available here.


Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) Candidates are required to have:

i) NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
  (1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
  (2) Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
  (3) Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above);


ii) A minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects (15 credits per subject) including English and a Science subject or Physical Education.
  (1) In addition candidates are required to have gained a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF),
  (2) plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori, 4 credits of which must be in Reading and 4 credits in Writing;


iii) An equivalent or relevant level 4 qualification as approved by the Team Manager or delegated authority.

UE 2020

Applicants who achieved University Entrance through NCEA in 2020 will be assessed under separate NZQA entry requirements that take into account the impacts of COVID-19. Candidates are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    • 12 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
    • UE Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    • UE Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above).

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated
nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or equivalent.

Safety checks

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks. These will include but are not limited to;

  • A Formal interview
  • Referee checks
  • A police vet check
  • A risk assessment 

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.

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Sport Science and Human Performance pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau evening:
Date: Monday 15 July 2024
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2024
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Returning students, please check your timetable below for your first day of class.

What you will need

​Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day, and we recommend that you bring a personal device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc).

You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. Please click here for more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act, the safety checking process, and what forms of ID you need to bring.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Health status



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