Subject focus: Sport programmes in Australia and New Zealand

 Bond UniversityNew Zealand and Australia are both extremely popular places to study sport at university. You can put this down partly to the choice and range of sport courses on offer, and partly to their excellent reputation internationally, but we think it’s also due to the extent to which sport and exercise permeate everyday life in Australia and New Zealand.

Both countries are famous for their outdoor lifestyles. And as often as not, that lifestyle is intrinsically linked to sport and exercise. So whether you like team sports – football, cricket, field hockey, netball, rugby, touch rugby, basketball – to name but a few, or you prefer to test yourself as an individual by surfing, snowboarding, mountain or road biking, running, swimming, or climbing, there will be a way for you to get involved, at whatever level suits.

For those who want to make a career in sport, there are many courses to choose from.

There are courses that focus on the motivation and psychology aspect as well as on the technical and practical – programmes in sports coaching, management, outdoor recreation and leadership. Others focus more on the human body and managing its health - degrees in health and physical education, physical activity and nutrition, and rehabilitation. Some degrees are applied science programmes, offering specialisms in subjects including anatomy, biochemistry, exercise physiology, learning and control of human movement and applying those fundamental principles to sport.

Sports and Exercise Science

Bachelor of Sport Coaching at the University of Canterbury

Sport coaching graduates are motivated and passionate leaders who inspire others and are committed to success. Students develop a valuable set of transferable skills including motivation and teaching skills, awareness of holistic health principles and well-being, interpretive and analytical skills, leadership and people management skills, and problem solving skills. 

A degree in Sport Coaching also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.

Why study Sport Coaching at UC?

  • The Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) degree is a unique blend of practical application and theory that immerses you in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching.
  • Students experience coaching practice with clubs and schools in the community.
  • Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year, help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and to work towards getting the job they want.
  • UC Sport Coaching students enjoy degree endorsements targeted to specific employment areas and are able to supplement their studies with a broad range of optional courses.
  • Sport Coaching students practice their skills in their chosen sporting contexts during practicum and internship placements.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to attain industry accreditation in the Performance Analysis and Strength and Conditioning endorsements.
  • All Sport Coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.

The Bachelor of Sport Coaching is the only specialist sport coaching degree in New Zealand. With options for flexible learning, endorsements and internships, this qualification can cater for a wide variety of students.

Using sport coaching as the context, UC students gain key skills employers are looking for, not just in sport and related fields but in everything from communications to corporate management. BSpC students learn skills such as leadership, accountability, communication and teamwork and knowledge of motivation and psychology.

This degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as maths or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.

Entry requirements

The BSpC has one intake each February and one each July. Applicants are required to submit an Application for Enrolment (ATE). This includes satisfying the requirements of the Vulnerable Childrens Act 2014, including consenting to a police check and brief interview. See the 'How to Apply' section for more details.

Applicants under 20 years of age must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.

Degree structure

The BSpC requires courses to a total of 360 points. These are grouped into three main strands:

  • Pedagogy (the theory and application of coaching and learning)
  • Sport and exercise sciences
  • Sociology of sport.

All students complete ONE or TWO endorsements. BSpC endorsement options include:

  • Leadership
  • Performance Analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • He Oranga Tangata (Māori health and wellbeing).

The degree has strong practical elements, including 2-3 practicums coaching teams in the context of your choosing, and a 120-hour internship in a professional sporting workplace as part of your final year.

Flexible learning option

All BSpC courses are available to study on campus or as a flexible, online learning option.

Students enrolled in online distance courses will be supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, powerpoints, video tutorials and other electronic media.

Entry option

The Certificate in Sport Coaching (CertSpC) enables students to complete a tertiary level qualification in one semester (approximately 4 months), or over a longer period with part-time study. This makes the CertSpC suitable for international visitors, community coaches seeking to improve their skills in targeted areas, and students new or returning to tertiary study and unsure of their ability to complete a fulltime 3 year degree. The Certificate in Sport Coaching can also be credited towards the full Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree.

The CertSpC may be completed part-time over a period of up to two years or as a one-semester (approx. 6 month) full-time qualification. The CertSpC is also offered as an online, flexible learning option.

Further study

Following a Bachelor of Sport Coaching, graduates can complete a qualification in one year to become a teacher or manager:

  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) to become a secondary school Physical Education teacher
  • Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)
  • Graduate Diploma in Management.

Career opportunities

By gaining a broad range of professional competencies throughout your Bachelor of Sport Coaching, you can enjoy a varied career in professional and community sporting organisations and management roles both within and beyond sports.

Past students have used the 120 hour internship to gain experience at the Canterbury Rugby Union, High Performance Sport New Zealand and the NZ School of Gymnastics.

Recent graduates have become strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists, community sports coordinators and advisors, performance analysts, sport scientists, as well as teachers, police officers, project planners and managers.

Programme details

Start dates: Semester 1 (February) or Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years

Tuition fees (2017): NZ$23,800 (estimated)

University of Canterbury

Bachelor of Sports Management at Bond University

Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry.  The increasing professionalisation of competition across all sporting codes, and the subsequent income drawn in through sponsorship and broadcasting rights has driven demand for highly qualified professionals.

In addition to the global job market driven by major events such as the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Olympics, World Cups and various sporting leagues - the recent rise of women’s professional sports, adventure sports and leisure sports has seen a plethora of new graduate employment opportunities.

And right now, experience is as valuable as your degree.  Employers are seeking more from graduates.  That’s why at Bond, education goes beyond academic knowledge to encompass the key employability skills that recruiters highly prize.  These include extensive practical experiences and industry engagement in the classroom, through to unique opportunities to participate in internship and fieldwork experiences.

About the Bachelor of Sports Management

Bond University’s Bachelor of Sports Management is designed and delivered by leading experts in sport, law, business, and public relations.  In our trademark small classes, academics and industry experts will know you by name and mentor you ‘one-on-one’ to inspire, motivate and expand your horizons beyond the classroom. With their wealth of industry experience, our world-class educators adapt theoretical concepts to practical applications and draw on their extensive network of contacts to offer you real-world projects, work experience, research placements, global study opportunities and career openings with leading Australian and international employers.

Features of the Bachelor of Sports Management at Bond University

Students benefit from our industry links with a wide variety of sporting partners, which range from amateur sporting organisations through to elite high-performance teams.  Also, our graduates have established within the sport industry both nationally and internationally, and are always keen to pass on their advice and mentorship to fellow ‘Bondies’.

A ‘work-integrated learning’ approach is utilised in this degree. This includes working on industry projects in the classroom with guests from the sporting industry, as well as taking part in field trips and workshops.

The programme has the opportunity for you to complete a final year placement that enables you to explore and experience workplaces in the areas you are interested in for a career.

You will have a personalised education experience. Unlike larger universities, we have small class sizes so our staff will not only know you by name but embrace an ‘open door’ policy, an interest in you and your future and will mentor and direct you with their wisdom, experience and contacts. Your success is our success.

Finally, the quality of the educational experience you will have at Bond is second to none. Bond University students are the most satisfied higher education students in Australia, according to a recent independent survey by the Federal government Department of Education and Training, which also showed Bond to have the best career development and support services in the country.

Industry Experience

Throughout this degree, you will have the opportunity to gain practical industry experience and networking opportunities through work placements. 

Bond University Sports Management students have conducted their industry experience with a varied range of sport organisations, some of which include World Rugby, World Surf League, Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Football League, Australian Rugby Union, Australian Sports Commission, Skate Australia and many more.

Read about the Bond student experience at the 2016 Quiksilver Pro

Subjects and Courses

The Bachelor of Sports Management is comprised of 24 subjects in a variety of sports topics including Sport Tourism, Global Sport Industry, Sport Marketing, Negotiation, Event Management, Sports Law, Social Media Tactics, Sport Development, Sport Organisation, Governance and Policy, High Performance Sport Management and more.

Along with internship and work experiences in the Bachelor of Sports Management, undergraduate students also complete the Beyond Bond programme – which is unique to Bond University.  This is a practical, activity-based programme that extends across the duration of all undergraduate degrees at Bond. Administered by the Career Development Centre as a mandatory degree requirement, it ensures that all Bond students engage in various extra-curricular activities that complement their academic studies, giving them a competitive edge over other graduates.

Elective:   You will have the option to undertake the elective subject Professional Experience Sport Management.  This subject includes a structured and supervised 100 hour vocational experience providing the opportunity to experience first-hand the reality of the workplace situation. This experience will help to demonstrate your suitability and/or interest for graduate employment in a specific area.  This gives you opportunity to experience, analyse and evaluate professional environments; and enhance your understanding of career opportunities.

Sport at Bond University

What distinguishes Bond from its counterparts is our commitment to student development. This commitment is reflected in Bond’s world-class sporting programmes. While at Bond, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports from a social to elite level, including swimming, football (soccer) and rugby union, to name a few. <

At the main university campus, the new Bond Sports Centre opened in May 2016, incorporating a gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, three group exercise rooms, two beach volleyball courts and linkage pathways with Bond’s famous Olympic size pool.  The surrounding 50-acre campus also offers professional standard rugby and AFL fields, cricket practice nets and tennis courts.

These world class facilities are widely used by national and international elite athletes and sporting teams, including our own Bond University Rugby Club which plays in the Queensland Premier Rugby Competition and the Bond Swimming Club where Olympic gold medallists train with Australia’s up and coming stars; as well as more than 20 student sporting clubs ranging from baseball and cheer squad through to golf, rowing and equestrian.

Most importantly, the extensive research and training facilities have attracted world renowned coaches, researchers and academics who head up a diverse teaching programme of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in sports exercise, sports science, sports management, nutrition and dietetics, psychology, physiotherapy, marketing, advertising, media and more.

Bond University is a member of the Australian Sport Commission’s Elite Athlete Friendly University Agreement (EAFUA). Through this agreement, Bond is dedicated to supporting elite athletes in the balanced pursuit of their academic and sporting goals by introducing more flexible academic regulations and requirements for elite student athletes.

Career Opportunities

The Bond University Bachelor of Sports Management programme has been designed to equip you with a broad knowledge of business, marketing and management, as well as possessing the unique skills and experience required for sport specific careers.

You will be able to seek employment in a range of settings in the multi-faceted sport industry at local, national and international levels.  These can include event or venue management, government or recreation services, professional teams, leagues and affiliated organisations, sport advertising and public relations and more.

Entry Requirements

Prospective students can apply with GCE A Levels (as per GCE requirements).

Other equivalent year 12 (final high school year) results are accepted including International Baccalaureate diploma and American SATs.  For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways, including a Diploma of Sports Management.  Contact Study Options for more information.

Programme details

Start Date: January (Semester 1) May (Semester 2) September (Semester 3)

Duration: 2 years (6 semesters)

Tuition fees (2017): AU$50,460 per year

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s fast-tracked schedule means you’ll finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university. This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

For all coursework degrees, the tuition fee is charged on a per subject basis. At Bond University, all students studying a subject pay the same fees, regardless of nationality or residence status.

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