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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


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New Zealand Diploma in Sport Recreation and Exercise (Multi-Sector) (Level 5)

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40 weeks
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Start date: 21-February-2022
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Are you interested and passionate about health, fitness, sport, recreation and exercise?

There are a range of opportunities available to help you into employment and future study in this growing and key industry sector.

This level 5 programmes is the first year of the diploma qualifications. You will focus on fitness techniques, health, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, training, coaching and motivating people with the sector.

This programme replaces the Diploma in Applied Fitness. If you have partially completed the Diploma in Applied Fitness you will be able to transition onto this new qualification. Talk to us about how that can work for you.

Career opportunities and pathways

This one year Level 5 programme leads into the one year Level 6 programme. Following these two diplomas it is also possible with another year of study to complete the AUT Bachelor of Sport and Recreation on the Nelson campus or go onto teacher training.

Job opportunities in sport, recreation, exercise, health and fitness include:

  • Community sports manager
  • Community health manager
  • Sport Kaiako
  • Outdoor educator,
  • Event manager
  • Parks manager
  • Recreation planner or supervisor
  • Exercise consultant
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports director
  • Health educator
  • Sports marketer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Motivator - lifestyle educator
  • Video analyst
  • Sports coordinator
  • Sports trust worker
  • Athletic trainer
  • Gym instructor
  • Sports science technician

Entry criteria

Applicants under 20 years of age

48 credits NCEA level 2 across 4 subjects



Applicants 20 years and over

No academic qualifications needed. Evidence to support an applicant's ability to successfully undertake the programme with a reasonable likelihood of success may be requested.

English Language requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English will have:

An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Academic score of at least 6 issued within the last two years


An equivalent qualification

Special entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the entry requirements may be granted entry to the Programme where they supply evidence to satisfy the Head of Department or delegate of their ability to succeed on the programme.


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