Bachelor of Sport
UC's Bachelor of Sport (BSport) will prepare you to make a meaningful impact in the diverse, ever-changing world of sport. It provides you with a full overview of sport as a global culture and professional business, and the tools to help you inspire future athletes, individuals, and communities towards rewarding and more fulfilling experiences.
This flexible degree allows you to focus on your sports of interest, with subject choices and customised experiences so you can go into any career in the growing sporting and fitness industries.
- Learn about all things sports and fitness, covering everything from scientific assessment, optimal athletic technique and performance, and understanding how to foster positive learning, all the way to focusing on sports as a business.
- Choose from majors and minors to customise your study, with areas such as high-performance science, sport coaching and training, health and wellbeing, and management and organisation.
- Practical learning throughout your degree, including practicums, workshops, fieldtrips and lab work, and a final-year internship with a professional sport organisation.
- Options for part-time and online distance study, ideal for athletes and professionals.
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
As some of the courses within this programme involve working with children, a police check and interview will be completed at the beginning of these courses - you will be sent information on how to complete these at the appropriate time.
The Bachelor of Sport is open to anyone with entrance to UC.
A passion for sports or exercise, sporting culture, and/or human anatomy will make you particularly suited to this degree.
Experience working within sports teams, exercise and wellbeing programmes, or with children and young people would be especially useful.
Bachelor of Sport – example degree structure
Courses from Sport or other degrees
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only - other combinations are possible.
The BSport is made up of a total of 360 points:
- 135 points of compulsory courses
- 120 points towards a major
- the remaining points can be from Sport courses or other degrees.
A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.
The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 6 years.
Majors, minors, and specialisations
BSport students have the option of completing either:
- a major
- a major and a minor
- two majors (a double major).
Each major has specific course requirements, but all consist of a minimum 120 points, with at least 45 points at 200-level and at least 45 points at 300-level.
A minor consists of a minimum of 75 points, including at least 45 points above 100-level, in a single subject chosen from Sport, Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Science, or Youth and Community Leadership degrees.
Distance study option
Most BSport courses are available to study online. This is an ideal option if you are placed outside of Ōtautahi Christchurch, or are working alongside study, or have other responsibilities.
If you are enrolled in an online distance course you will be supported through online resources, such as discussion forums, recorded lectures, and video tutorials.
You can also study part-time for up to 6 years.
For those who wish to gain an entry-level qualification in Sport Coaching, there is a certificate option. The Certificate in Sport Coaching is available part-time or over one semester. It can then lead onto the BSport degree.
Those already with an undergraduate degree or relevant post-secondary school study and work experience may consider the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching - an online, flexible learning qualification that enables you to develop your professional coaching skills.
The Bachelor of Sport will introduce you to the practice and theory of all things sports, following key themes around society and sporting culture, science and performance, sports leadership and business, and teaching and learning.
As well as the core Sport courses throughout the three years of the degree, you will also study towards a major, a major and minor, or a double major.
See ‘How do I plan my degree?’ above for an example degree structure diagram.
- SPCO101 Introduction to Sport Coaching
- SPCO104 Anatomy and Physiology
- SPCO105 Sport, History and Society
- SPCO110 Practicum 1
- SPRT108 Sport, Business and Governance
If you are wanting to complete a double major in your degree, one of your major options must be either Sport Marketing and Management or Te Ao Hākinakina.
Postgraduate sports study
Careers in teaching, management, and health
These one-year programmes build on your degree and prepare you for a sports-related career in teaching, management, or non-clinical health sectors.
- Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
- Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences
- Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary Education or Secondary Education)
- Master of Business
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Health Sciences
- Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership
- Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary)
- Practical experiences throughout your degree working with specialist monitoring equipment, within sporting facilities and organisations, and with young people and other communities.
- Final-year 120-hour internship focused on your major studies.
- Develop skills to build your career towards management or leadership positions in the sporting or health industries.
- Graduates work as strength and conditioning trainers, sports scientists, coaches, extreme or adventure sports guides, team managers, and more.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
See more information about our Sport programmes.
For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health.