This qualification was previously known as Bachelor of Sports and Leisure Studies
As one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries, the sport and leisure industry provides exciting career opportunities. The Waikato Bachelor of Health, Sport & Human Performance (BHSHP) will equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to excel in this dynamic environment, and help to improve the physical, social and mental well-being of others.
As a university located in the heart of the Waikato Region, we are proud to foster collaborative relationships with some of the country's top sports organisations and facilities. Our partnerships allow students to get a taste of industry careers from high performance sport (Waikato Chiefs, BOP Magic and Cycling NZ) to community organisations (Sport Waikato, Parafed and Disabilities Waikato).
Our facilities boast the latest equipment in sport science specialisations, namely The University of Waikato Sports Laboratory at the Cambridge Avantidrome and The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance, in Tauranga. Both are equipped with cutting-edge facilities to test athlete performance, exercise and recovery, including an environmental chamber for altitude training.
You'll understand the social and cultural aspects of consuming, producing and experiencing sport and leisure in contemporary and historical settings, as well as critically exploring movement in a range of settings, consider issues such as power, identity, gender, race, inclusion, equity and diversity. You will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary local and global trends. A BHSHP will open up a broad range of career paths, equipping you with problem solving skills, creativity, critical thinking, communication and reflective processing skills.
Applied Movement Sciences
Critically explore how the application of scientific principals can enhance health and well-being, fitness and performance. You'll find out about anatomy, biomechanics, exercise prescription, movement analysis, nutrition, physiology, psychology, strength conditioning. Apply known scientific principals to examine current practice, explore innovative strategies in the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of physical activity, exercise and sport. Develop skills in applied movement sciences and develop the knowledge necessary to thrive in a dynamic workplace across a range of movement contexts.
People Movement and Professional Practice
Develop an understanding of contemporary knowledge and skills related to teaching, coaching, leading, volunteering, and instructing in diverse movement contexts. Explore theory and practice in educational movement. Gain an understanding of the social and cultural significance of movement in community and educational settings. Develop critical thinking, planning, communication, reflective and contextually relevant skills necessary to contribute to and lead equitable movement opportunities for all members of their community.
- Applied Sports Scientist
- Community Sport Adviser
- Events Manager
- Health and Physical Education Teacher
- Personal Trainer
- Sports Coach
|Faculty||Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education|
|Start Dates||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
|Domestic Fees||$5,879 per year|
|International Fees||$22,790 per year|
|Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.|
These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance
Conjoint degree options
The BHSHP can be taken in conjunction with one of a range of other degrees. This can increase your attractiveness to potential employers as you can develop broader knowledge and skills and take just four years to complete.
A couple of popular study paths include:
- Health, Sport and Human Performance and Management with a second major in Marketing (BHSHP and BMS or BCS). This is often chosen by students who wish to pursue Sports Marketing as a career.
- Health, Sport and Human Performance and Teaching (BHSHP and BTchg). If you are interested in teaching sport you could apply to do a conjoint degree, or you could complete a BHSHP degree and then apply for a one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching or a Master of Teaching and Learning.
Scholarships and prizes
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Graduate study options
Health, Sport and Human Performance graduates often pursue further study at masters or doctorate level to enhance their understanding of a specialised area within the sport and leisure industry. Our researchers have strong links with the industry and other researchers nationally and internationally.
A range of undergraduate papers have a practical component as well as those that exclusively promote learning from experience in the field of sport and leisure. These papers offer the chance to observe, participate, contribute, learn and critically reflect. They facilitate opportunities for you to connect real life with cultural, social, economic and political theories and concepts of sport and leisure.
Admission and enrolment
To enrol in this degree, you usually need University Entrance or its equivalent. Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the paper catalogue carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact email@example.com as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field. The catalogue of papers can be found at papers.waikato.ac.nz.