Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years, Part-time options available


Level 7

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Interested in this programme? Sue Jackson the programme secretary is working remotely and can still be contacted via phone: (06)  8301521  – or email:

Exercise Your Mind

Want to turn your passion for sport and exercise into a career packed full of physical activity? Well, 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.

When you’ve graduated with a BSES 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 fitness 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 & the Diploma of Applied Business at EIT Hawke’s Bay.  Junior is passionate about using sport to encourage youth to gain focus & leadership skills. Junior leads a team at Sport HB who work with schools to develop skills, participation, leadership & 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.


When you graduate with a BSES you’ll have a professional qualification with a sound knowledge base. This will allow you to start working with a wide range of people in the sport, health and fitness industries.

You’ll learn alongside our teaching staff who’ve worked in a wide range of high-level roles, from condition trainers for Rugby World Cup teams, to coaches supporting elite athletes pursuing world titles.

Subject areas include:

  • Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Exercise Science
  • Coaching and Leadership
  • Sports Management and Innovation
  • Physical fitness and conditioning
  • Community Health

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

Graduating with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from EIT will open up many career pathways for your future working in the sport, health and exercise industries. From pre-schoolers taking part in Jump Start programmes to Olympic medal athletes you’ll be guiding, training and extending people from all walks of life. You could end up working in:

  • Community recreation management
  • Exercise and conditioning
  • Wellbeing, lifestyle and health promotion
  • Sports coaching and leadership
  • Sport administration and management
  • Sport science and support


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July


Entry requirements

International entry requirements


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