Keen to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles? Want to prepare for a career in the sports science, health and wellness or fitness industries?
Top Bachelors in Dunedin in New Zealand. Keen to encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles? Want to prepare for a career in the sports science, health and wellness or fitness industries?
Follow this unique degree pathway and develop the required skills, knowledge and expertise to enter these allied health industries. Physical activity and lifestyle interventions are well-recognised as essential elements in the promotion of good health and disease prevention, and this pioneering programme has been designed to provide a health workforce that meets the future demands of a diverse population in a modern society. With a strong emphasis on applied learning, acquire practical experience and a variety of transferable skills to enhance your employment potential. Job opportunities may arise in health services, education, administration or community care services, and you could play an integral part in primary prevention, rehabilitation and care, lifestyle promotion, personal training and work place wellness facilitation. Alternatively, use this qualification as a springboard into postgraduate study and research projects.
Develop the theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and reflective practice necessary to work as a wellness professional in Aotearoa New Zealand and the global context. With hard work and experience, you could even set your sights on becoming a private consultant in your own practice. Benefit from the chance to gain valuable industry insight and forge important relationships during a work placement that integrates academic learning with hands-on practice. Learn in a stimulating and supportive environment where the focus is on ensuring you have the best chance of success through innovative teaching techniques and a range of assessment modes.
International: NZD 19,450 (first year)
Self-motivation and a good work ethic
The ability to get on well with people
Adaptability and openness to new ideas
Good communication skills.
You must have a current First Aid Certificate before you can commence practical work.
International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements and must have achieved the equivalent of Year 13 biology, human biology or physical education (other sciences may be considered).
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 6.0.
Please note that you are required to complete a declaration regarding criminal convictions for the purpose of a work placement. A full police check may also be requested from you by a placement provider.
Where the number of successful applicants exceeds the places available, a waiting list will be maintained in order of the application date. Applicants will be offered a position in waiting list order.
You will be required to spend approximately $1,000 per year on textbooks and clothing, and pay any costs associated with travelling to work placements.
Choose to continue learning and take the opportunity to bridge across into other Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure programmes. Alternatively, increase your career prospects by applying for postgraduate studies at other tertiary institutions.
Programme specific risks
During the programme, you will be provided with information identifying potential risks. These include accident or injury due to lifting weights, fatigue and/or exhaustion due to training/testing, exam- or assessment-related stress and stress from working with special populations.
You will study
Practical education is a critical part of this programme and will underpin teaching at all levels. Practicals are embedded in the majority of first and second year courses and work placements are offered in year two and three. Through innovative methods of blended delivery and e-learning, study a broad range of topics and produce a Personal Development Portfolio to evidence your formative learning, transferable skills and professional practice.
Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to seek employment in the following areas/positions:
Physical activity development
Physical activity prescription specialist
Public health research
District Health Boards, health centres, ACC, non-governmental organisations, government agencies (Ministry of Health, Sport and Recreation New Zealand), local council programmes
Private Consultant - maybe in your own private practice
Postgraduate study and research opportunities in fields related to health promotion, physical activity, health and wellness.
What is the minimum/maximum age to apply?
There is no maximum age to apply, provided that you are a genuine student. Usually, students beginning their programmes are at least 18 years of age.
How long will my study take?
Undergraduate degrees are three years, diplomas are usually two years and certificates are one year. Graduate and postgraduate qualifications can take one to two years to complete.
What about international recognition?
All of our qualifications are recognised internationally. You are able to take your Otago Polytechnic undergraduate degree and apply to other national and international tertiary institutions for graduate and postgraduate study.
How much can I earn as a student?
Those students who are eligible to work while studying may get causal jobs in areas like hospitality or other service industries. Your hourly wage is likely to be between NZD$13-15.
What do I need for my student visa?
Your Otago Polytechnic Offer of Place letter. This letter means you have been accepted to study. It also states your course fee, which you must pay first to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. You will then receive a receipt of payment from us. You must submit these two documents (your Offer of Place and your receipt of fees), along with evidence that you have sufficient funds for living expenses, and a return international air ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one, to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office.
For programmes longer than 24 months, you will also need to provide very recent medical and x-ray certificates. If you are over 17 years of age, you will need a police certificate to show that you are of good character. See the New Zealand Immigration website for more details.
Streamlined visa applications now open!
If you are an international student who will apply for your student visa from outside of New Zealand, you might be eligible for the streamlined visa process offered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This allows your visa application to be processed faster by INZ because Otago Polytechnic nominates you as a suitable candidate (INZ will decide the outcome and the processing time).
Once you have received your Offer of Place from Otago Polytechnic, you may apply for a streamlined visa nomination letter from us. For more information and to submit an application, click here.
What happens when I finish my degree?
Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can apply for a work visa for another two years. This entitles you to work in the job you have been offered, and may help you qualify for residence.
What about applying for New Zealand residency?
If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand, it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. Immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to apply for permanent residence.
Is there an application fee?
How long does it take to apply?
We suggest you apply at least three to four months before your programme starts so that you are organised to arrive on time.
What do I need to include in my application?
Your English language test results: IELTS, TOEFL or TOIEC. We also require certified copies of any academic results you have from your overseas high school or university. We may also require your curriculum vitae or a portfolio, depending on your programme entry requirements.