Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


1 year, Part-time options available


Level 5

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Do you like being involved in sport and exercise? Do you want to help people improve their physical wellbeing and sporting ability without committing to degree-level study? Then this diploma is for you.

The Diploma in Recreation and Sport will give you a foot in the door to the vibrant and people-oriented sport, health and fitness industries. You’ll learn how the human body is structured and how it functions so you can plan and organise exercise programmes for a wide range of people.


When you’ve completed this diploma you’ll be set up for further study or be ready to step out into a career in the dynamic and energetic fields of recreation, sport and exercise.

In this programme you’ll find yourself in EIT’s fully equipped sports science lab learning about sports research, and the next day be out on the school field teaching Kiwi kids how to throw and catch.

The subject areas you’ll study include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise prescription
  • Individual fitness assessment
  • Leadership and coaching
  • Nutrition, activity and health
  • Recreation and sport management

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 Diploma in Recreation and Sport from EIT will pave future pathways working in the sport, health and fitness industries. You’ll be working with people of all ages and abilities extending their physical skills and capabilities to enrich their lives. Future roles may include:

  • Exercise consultant
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Gym staff
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports facilitator


There is one entry date per year:

  • Mid February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements

Study Pathways

If you want to go to the next level after completing the Diploma in Recreation and Sport, you can continue your studies with the Bachelor of Recreation and Sport.