2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 18,687
NZD 28,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Diploma in Sport and Recreation is a hands-on, practical course where students can specialise in either sports development/personal training or outdoor recreation leadership. The theoretical and practical skills taught in this qualification reflect the diverse range of skills required to work in the sector.  Students will develop pathway specialisation in either sports development/personal training  or outdoor recreation leadership.

On completion, students will be equipped to seek career opportunities in a variety of areas, including fitness training and leisure centres, regional and local authorities, sporting bodies and outdoor recreation providers. Many students use the diploma as a means to further study or in preparation for a career in the police, teacher training, fire service and armed services. An increasing number of students have used the diploma as a pathway into the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise at SIT. Students who successfully pass the diploma will have gained a year (or more) of credits within the Bachelor course. 

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of four years secondary education demonstrating likelihood of successful completion of the programme. Successful Year 12/sixth form year of physical education is an advantage. NCEA equivalent of 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in each of four topics.  Successful Year 13/seventh form year an advantage. Physical education an advantage.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction to a level deemed appropriate by the head of faculty.  Evidence may include official transcripts and or recognised English test results such as IELTS and TOEFL.