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Bachelor of Sport Coaching
Bachelor of Sport Coaching

Bachelor of Sport Coaching

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 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.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

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

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, teamwork, motivation, and psychology.

This degree also provides a recognised pathway for entry to teaching qualifications, in particular physical education and health teaching at secondary level. There is the ability to include additional teaching subjects (eg, maths or science) through the optional course spaces in the degree.

  • Flexible structure and learning delivery.
  • Internationally recognised sport coaching qualification.
  • Strong practical element, including coaching in schools, of teams, and in sport-related organisations.
  • 120-hour internship in your final year.
  • Leads to a range of careers.

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Year 1

  • SPCO 101 Introduction to Sport Coaching

  • SPCO 102 Theoretical Foundations of Coaching and Teaching

  • SPCO 104 Anatomy and Physiology

  • SPCO 105 Social History of Sport and Physical Education

  • SPCO 110 Practicum 1

Year 2

  • SPCO 201 Learner-Centred Teaching and Coaching or (300 level) SPCO 302 Athlete-Centred Coaching for Individual Sport

  • SPCO 208 Sport and Culture in New Zealand

  • SPCO 209 Exercise Physiology

Year 3

  • SPCO 320 Internship

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Pathways include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science
  • Master of Sport Science
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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 sport.

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

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

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Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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