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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,356* 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

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Watch and meet the Wintec Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance team that are here to support you throughout your study journey.


Students in this programme will gain the skills and knowledge to become a well-rounded practitioner of sport and exercise science. The programme includes physical education, coaching, exercise physiology, sport nutrition, sport 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'll learn

All third year students will total 70 hours practical experience in their specific areas of interest. These hours 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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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​

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​ Pedagogy615SPHP502​ 
SPHP603Exercise Physiology 615SPHP503SPHP513​
SPHP604Advanced Exercise P​rogramme Design 615SPHP504 
SPHP605Outdoor Education615
SPHP606Biomechanical Applications in Sport and Exercise615SPHP506
SPHP607Sport and Exercise Physiology 615SPHP507​ 
SPHP608Sport Nutrition615  
SPHP612Motor Learning and Control615SPHP502​​ 

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​ 
SPHP711Clinical Exercise Physiology715  
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 1730  
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: Design Factory 1 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 & 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 & MASS603 can be offered as an option within the Bachelor of Sport & 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. Check that you meet the entry criteria.

2. Submit your Application to Enrol form as well as complete this form.

Identification checking

Candidate must also provide with their application:

  • A primary identification document (original birth certificate,  ( NZ full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number. Note: if the birth certificate was issued before 1998 it can be verified by a Justice of the Peace. ) passport, citizenship certificate, NZ certificate of identification or a NZ firearms licence); AND
  • A second form of official identification that shows the claimed identity is used in the community (driver licence, HANZ 18+ card or IRD number); AND
  • One of the two forms of identification must be photographic, verified in person against the candidate.

3. Receive acknowledgement of your application

4. Application outcome - You will receive a letter advising you of the outcome of your application

5. Confirmation of entry - You will be sent a letter of offer - you need to sign and return the letter to accept your place.


Need some financial help? If you intend on studying this programme you can apply for a Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance Scholarship. More information and applications forms are available at

The secret to balancing study, a job, a baby and a life

Slade King balances study, a family and coaches the BOP Volcanix women's rugby team

Slade King (left) balances study, a family and coaches athletes including the BOP Volcanix women’s rugby team.

One of the biggest challenges to students is time, especially when they are parents, and it’s also one of the reasons why some students don’t complete their study.

Juggling is second nature to Rotorua-based Slade King who fits in work as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in Rotorua and Mount Maunganui while he completes a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Wintec. Alongside two part-time jobs, study and a 2.5-hour round trip commute, he still finds time for his wife and baby girl, and his own personal training schedule.

How does he do it? By segmenting his commute, study and work and doing what he loves, with an eye to the pay-off in the future, he is making it work.

“Besides loving the work I do (it actually doesn’t even feel like work) and what I’m studying, I enjoy changing up locations and creating wider networks as a result of my travelling and multiple responsibilities,” he says.

“I don’t get over any of it, because due to the nature of what I do, it’s all in small doses. I believe my management and organisational skills are sharper than ever because of this workload, and I know it will benefit me in the future.”

Slade says the biggest setback is having less time right now for his family, but he manages to work in time for that too.

This student dynamo is coaching up to 80 rugby players for the Bay of Plenty (BOP) Rugby Union.

He’s the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the BOP Volcanix (the women’s premier team), their wider training group, BOP men’s and women’s Sevens, and also a few of BOP Steamers players that live in Rotorua.

“The players vary from Chiefs, Black Ferns, Black Ferns Sevens, All Black Sevens and of course at a regional level.”

He says that after looking into all his options around the North Island, Wintec “was an easy choice”.

“They were prompt and professional in making contact right away, they showed genuine care of the situation I was in by being as flexible and accommodating as they could, and most importantly, the quality of the course is up there with the best.”

Director for Wintec Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Greg Smith says that working in the field you study in can pay off.

“Work and family is a reality for many students and it’s our job to help them to build a career in sport while earning a living. Many people have different individual needs and responsibilities, and our job is to look at those and enable them to develop their skills and understanding in the world of sport and exercise science as much as we can.

During the week, Slade wakes at 4.30am, downs a coffee and heads to the Rotorua Performance Centre from 5.00am – 7.15am to work.

He’s home for his baby at 7.30am and drops her off to day care by 8.45am before he hits the road to Hamilton.

From 10.00am - 3.00pm he’s at Wintec, in class, studying or planning and then he’s on the road to Mount Maunganui.

From 4.30pm – 5.30pm he trains before starting work from 5.45 – 7.45pm at Adams Centre for High Performance in Mount Maunganui. He makes it home to Rotorua in time for dinner (and bed) around 8.45 – 9.00pm.

“I make sure I finish early every Friday if I can, so I have all weekend with my baby girl and wife. I still get to see them both every day, so it’s not too bad and I know it’s only temporary and in the long run, this is going to pay-off.”

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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.

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

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

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.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Year 1 students starting July 2020

Date: Monday 6 July 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day.

Bring ID documents for Police vetting.

If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act or the safety checking process, you can visit here.

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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

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. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Sport items are available throughout the year. Please ​ check with your tutor if you need to purchase anything.

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:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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