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Universal College of Learning (UCOL)


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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)
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Course details


Gain advanced skills for the exercise industry designed to address the needs of New Zealand communities with UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness) (Level 7).

If you are passionate about using exercise to bring about positive change in the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness) will provide you with specialist knowledge and skills to enable you to have a direct impact on:

  • Diabetes prevention, obesity, corporate wellness, aged-care and mental health management;
  • Strength and conditioning for high-performance and aspiring athletes;
  • Organising physical activity participation for community members and groups.

You'll progressively gain competencies and confidence to identify, plan, implement, evaluate and report on the impact of structured physical-activity opportunities and services delivered to clientele within your community.


Although students will elect a major at the start of their degree, the first two years have been designed to give students a 'taste' of all the majors. Before starting their final year of study, students can confirm or change to one of the majors that suits their career plans the best:

  • Physical Health and Wellness
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport and Recreation Management

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness) programmes will be able to plan and implement physical activity opportunities and services that lead to positive impacts on the health and physical conditioning of members within their communities.

Beyond being able to register as a personal trainer (with Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) accreditation), employment opportunities for Bachelor of Applied Science (with majors in Physical Health and Wellness, Strength and Conditioning and Sport and Recreation Management) graduates are diverse and, depending on the student’s chosen Major, could include:

  • Corporate wellness
  • Health promotion/education
  • Physical activity and dietary advisor
  • Physical health coordinator
  • Chronic disease intervention
  • Clinical exercise rehabilitation
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Sports performance trainer
  • Sports coordinator
  • Active-recreation, sport event and project/event management
  • Secondary school or tertiary institution teaching.

For some of these career options, further training and/or professional body registration may be required.

There are opportunities for further study at postgraduate or master level in the health, clinical exercise physiology, and sport sciences fields, or in teaching.

Course Information

Year 1
Socio-cultural and Professional Practices
Physical Health and Wellness Fundamentals
Strength and Conditioning Fundamentals
Sport and Coaching Science Fundamentals
Client Assessment and Programme Prescription
Leading Client Exercise Interventions

Year 2
Strength and Conditioning Practices
Sport and Recreation Project Management Skills
Small Business Skills
Physical Health and Wellness Practices
Research Skills for Exercise Professionals
Sport and Group Coaching Practices

Year 3

In third year of your degree you'll advance your knowledge via your chosen major - Physical Health and Wellness, Strength and Conditioning or Sport and Recreation Management.

Entry criteria

University Entrance
New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Levels 4 or 5)
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
Provisional enrolment

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic): Score of 50 with no band less than 42.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.


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