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Wintec sport student in training exercise

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science


Course details

  • Feb 2024
    Jul 2024
  • 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.

Discover the exciting world of sport and exercise science. Press the play button and find out about study options and career pathways. 
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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.

Wintec graduations celebrate students’ unique journeys to success

Students from across all disciplines graduated from Wintec | Te Pūkenga during two days of festive ceremonies in a celebration of academic achievement and empowerment.

In total over 1900 students graduated from Wintec for the year of 2022, with over 770 students attending their ceremonies in person at Claudelands Globox Arena.

This year’s ceremonies saw the first cohort of Physiotherapy graduates receive their degrees from Wintec, as well as many graduates who have been impacted by Covid from their very first year of study. They were also an opportunity to farewell the Wintec/Toi Ohomai Transitional Executive Lead, Dr Leon Fourie, while welcoming in the new co-regional Executive Directors for Te Pūkenga Rohe 2, Huia Haeata and Kieran Hewitson.

On Monday, 26 June the morning ceremony celebrated students graduating from Education and Foundation Pathways, Languages and Media Arts with the student guest speaker Donna-Lee Biddle, a Media Arts graduate, speaking about her journey of resilience throughout her time with Wintec.

“It wasn’t an easy path for me, getting here today, graduating with my masters and I’m sure you can all relate,” Donna said to the crowd of graduates.

“But I did it, we did it, a huge mihi to all the graduates today.”

Donna spoke about her journey through Wintec, firstly gaining a bachelor’s in communications and diploma in journalism. Then after being a journalist, going on to become a journalism tutor before completing her Master of Arts. 

“Despite the long history at Wintec, I haven’t always had a smooth path. I often questioned what I was doing, why I came back and whether I would pass. In the last exam of my second year of my bachelor’s degree I went into labour, but I’d worked too hard to get an aggregate mark, so I stayed and completed my test. My son was born three hours later, he’s in the crowd somewhere. I got an A, so it was worth it! In the third year of my Master of Arts degree, I got pregnant, and my son arrived one month early and true to form I submitted my draft dissertation while breastfeeding on a ward at Waikato Hospital. I’m here today, which means I passed so it was worth it. 

“I’ve had a great journey here at Wintec, it has given me the tools to succeed in life. It was my tutors and supervisors who were key to my success. They made me believe that I could do it. I spent the last ten years an investigative journalist. Just recently I’ve taken up a new mahi, I’m now an investigator with Te Kāhui Tātari Ture | Criminal Cases Review Commission. I now look at cases where there may be a potential miscarriage of justice. It’s incredible rewarding mahi, and mahi I wouldn’t have been able to do if I didn’t study here.

“I believe we should always be taking opportunities to learn. I have a challenge for our graduates today, I found inspiration within myself to work hard and my challenge going forward to is to inspire my children so hopefully they take this path of education, and my challenge for you all,” she said to the crowd of graduates, “is to be that inspiration for yourself and for others.”

The afternoon ceremony on the Monday celebrated students graduating from Business and Enterprise, Design Factory NZ, Information Technology, and Sport Science and Human Performance. The student guest speaker was Teresa van der Vossen who graduated with a Master of Science (Human Performance Science) with Distinction.

Teresa congratulated the graduates saying they were all “magnificent”. She spoke about moving from Whitianga to Waikato to study at Wintec to become a personal trainer, but who she went on to do a lot more.

“While studying at Wintec I became an elite nationally ranking weightlifting athlete and a CrossFit coach. Wintec not only gave me the knowledge to be ready for industry, but now I work to educate other learners. I am now lecturing in a sports science degree at another Te Pūkenga institute in Manuatu whilst I run a small weightlifting club.

“I want to congratulate all of today’s graduates. We are here to celebrate the work, dedication and commitment through unpredictable, uncertain and now historical timelines of the world. Your achievement reflects your character and the support network that was there along the way.” 

On Tuesday, 27 June the morning ceremony celebrated students graduating from Engineering and Industrial Design, Applied Science and Primary Industries and Trades. The guest student speaker was Kimberly Adams, who graduated with a certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 3 and 4). Kimberly spoke about how she is currently still studying her Level 5 certificate and how her study has helped her appreciation for trees and nature grow into so much more.

“I have climbed trees for fun my whole life. It wasn’t until beginning my studies that I had thought about the fact that there was more than just one kind of oak, but a whopping 600 different species. My studies have opened a tree-filled Pandora’s box and I couldn’t be happier.”

She said bushwalks now took her ten times longer than they used to because she couldn’t resist stopping to admire every second tree. 

“My tutors are why I’m here. They have been the glue of the course and have guided myself and my classmates to success. They have made the good times great and the hard times easier. My class helped me push myself, enjoy challenges and embrace my fears that come with being up a twenty-metre pole with spikes on my boots on windy days. I feel the tutors have prepared us for the workforce as moulded tree warriors.

“I must take this opportunity to advertise trees. I recommend embracing their presence. The artistry of their leaves, the softness of their canopies and the rhythm of their swaying branches and the breath of fresh air that they create so conveniently for us to just gobble up. It’s hard to talk about trees without sounding like a complete hippy, but bear with me and give them a chance. They affect your life more than you might know.”

Kimberly finished her speech by congratulating all the graduates in the crowd saying, “every step forward is a win, so celebrate yourself today and keeping climbing your mountain, or in some cases, your tree.”

Tuesday’s afternoon ceremony saw students from Health and Social Practice celebrate as they graduated. The student guest speaker was Cheryl Toka who graduated with a Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling.

Cheryl was born in Rarotonga and came to New Zealand when she was five. She grew up in Hamilton. Her father is from the Cook Islands and her mother is of English and Scottish decent. She began her speech by thanking her parents saying they had nurtured and backed her and she wouldn’t have graduated without their support. 

“I want to say a huge congratulations to my other counselling graduates, nurses, occupational therapists, midwives, physiotherapists, social workers and all else who have graduated.

“Looking back over the past few years of study who could forget those heavy days of Covid? The reflections shared with me from my follow graduates heavily featured themes around the influence of Covid and the arduous Zoom sessions. My first year studying at Wintec in 2020 was when the first lockdown occurred and as you know there would end up being several lockdowns to follow which required our studies to operate online. I think we can be super proud that we made it to graduation despite the massively stressful world event we know as Covid. Some people really struggled to stay on track with their studies and we only managed to stay on track with the support of loved ones. A huge thanks to all the family and friends and staff that helped us through that difficult time.

“A core belief I subscribe to, especially after my studies, is that we are all experts of our own lives. Self-determination and autonomy over one’s health is not necessarily something that is usually instilled in us as we grow up. At the heart of being a health professional is our ability to empower. Always centre the client through listening, recognising and nurturing their mana and wellbeing. 

“I decided to retrain as a councillor after more than 25 years of being a naturopath and herbalist in the natural health field. I’ve just had my 55th birthday and am proof that we can always strive to learn more no matter what age and be open minded to growth and change. To conclude, my challenge to you all,” she addressed the graduates, “is to continue to think critically about how we can do better, remember the cultural values instilled in us at Wintec and to believe that change is possible.”

During the final ceremony, Wintec Kaumātua Tame Pokaia, who opened and closed all ceremonies, said a final goodbye to Dr Fourie and urged the graduating students to strive for excellence in everything they did.

Wintec | Te Pūkenga Executive Dean Dr Shelley Wilson spoke at every ceremony and said she was in awe of the resilience this group of graduates had as most had to study through Covid times, making gaining their qualifications that much more of a feat.

“Your hard work and spirit underpin the journey you have been on during your time here Wintec| Te Pūkenga. Alongside celebrating our graduates today, it’s important we recognise the support they have had during their studies they have had from family and friends along the way,” Dr Wilson then asked the graduates to stand and give a big round of applause for their whānau and friends.


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 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 1 2024

Whānau evening:
Date: Monday 19 February 2024
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Date: Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February 2024
Time: 9am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

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