Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Exercise your mind

Do you want to turn your passion for sport and exercise into a career packed full of physical activity?

With a degree in sport and exercise science that’s exactly what you’ll get as you immerse yourself in sports development and research, performance and management. You could find yourself in a gym, a sports science lab, or out on the field coaching or managing individuals and teams as they strive to be the best they can in the sport and exercise world.

You’ll acquire a wide range of skills for communicating, negotiating, researching and problem-solving with people from all walks of life, from the serious sports professional to the casual gym-goer.

Graduate profile - Junior Armstrong

Junior Armstrong completed the Bachelor of Recreation & Sport and the Diploma of Applied Business at EIT Hawke’s Bay.  Junior is passionate about using sport to encourage youth to gain focus and leadership skills. Junior leads a team at Sport HB who work with schools to develop skills, participation, leadership and good health in Hawke’s Bay.

Graduate profile - Levi Armstrong

Levi Armstrong completed his Bachelor of Recreation and Sport at EIT Hawke’s Bay.  Levi is a co-founder and trainer of PATU Aotearoa.  Find out about Levi’s experiences at EIT and what inspires him.


The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSES) programme is a full-time, three year programme that offers stimulating degree studies, enabling you to become a highly regarded industry professional within the sport, health and exercise science sectors.

The programme enables graduates to enter employment in the sport, exercise and recreation industry with a sound knowledge of:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise and sport science
  • Nutrition and health
  • Sport coaching and psychology
  • Industry projects
  • Research and professional practice skills

This programme is designed to develop:

  • Technical skills related to sport and exercise science.
  • Communication skills necessary for negotiation, coaching, scientific and management level presentations.
  • Research skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to evaluate new information, concepts and evidence from a range of sources.
  • Professional skills which meet the needs of industry and society/communities, and that will enable you to continue to consolidate, apply and extend your knowledge.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Your future career and study opportunities

The BSES provides pathways and employment possibilities across the sport and exercise landscape.

Wellbeing, lifestyle and health promotion
Consultation and exercise prescription, Green Prescription advisor, corporate wellness consultant, special needs populations activity facilitator, community health initiatives.

Exercise and conditioning
Business owner, personal trainer, group fitness instructor, team trainer/conditioner.

Sports administration and management
Sports coordinator, development officer, regional coordinator, player liaison, administrator, sponsor manager.

Sports coaching and leadership
Coach, coach educator, sports coordinator, team manager, player liaison, player life-skills coach, referee/official.

Community recreation management
Recreation officer, recreation programmer, special needs programmer, facility management, business owner.

Sport science and support
Mental skills analysis trainer, exercise physiologist, biomechanist, team trainer/conditioner, research technician.

Through additional training you may undertake postgraduate study (e.g. masters degree) or alternative careers such as physical education teaching or sport journalism.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July*

* Dependent on course availability a mid-year start might entail 3.5 years of study.


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.