Otago Polytechnic

PROGRAMMES FOR
Physical Activity and Wellbeing


Turn what you love doing into a fun and rewarding career! Job outcomes include community care, sports management, personal training, ski and snowboard instructing and massage therapy.

ALL PROGRAMMES

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November (preferred). Late applications will be accepted until start date of programme if places available.

With specialties in Sport, Exercise, Health and Massage* Are you passionate about sports, exercise or health? Do you like working with people? Do you want to help others improve their lives to reach their potential? If you answered yes to all of these then this contemporary degree is the pathway for you. It is based around practical experiences and problem-based learning, where you are the centre of the puzzle and the context determines the learning and outcomes. You will learn to reflect and critique your own and others practice in relation to the underpinning theory. Staff will work in partnership with you to develop and build your learning pathway. By focussing on career outcomes there will be the opportunity to gain “real world” industry experience and take part in community based projects with the support of staff. This degree will allow you to develop the transferable skills that make you work ready.

Health bridging certificate

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July* (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with advanced standing)
  • Apply now for 2019 intakes

This year-long programme has replaced the Certificate in Health (Level 4). Offered by the School of Social Services, it can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

New Zealand Certificate in Avalanche Risk Management (Level 5)

  • Wanaka or Methven
  • 12 weeks (10 weeks online, 1 week practical and 1 week reflection/re-assessment if required)
  • Level 5
  • Starts 29 April 2019 (Wanaka option 1); 8 July 2019 (Wanaka option 2); 10 June 2019 (Methven option)
  • Apply until start date

If you love being in the mountains during winter and have a strong sense of responsibility, become a qualified snow safety professional through this programme.

New Zealand Certificate in Introductory Snowschool Instruction (Applied) (Level 4) (Ski) or (Snowboard)

  • Wanaka
  • 17 weeks
  • Level 4
  • Starts May
  • Apply until start date

Train in the dry snow of the spectacular Southern Alps and develop skills which could lead to a job teaching skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand or overseas. All classes are taken at the Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.

New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

New for 2019, this programme replaces our Certificate in Outdoor Pursuits (Level 4). This redesigned and redeveloped qualification will give you the core skills and knowledge you need to work in the Outdoor and Adventure Education industry. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to enter our New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Level 5)* which is being offered from 2020.

New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 5)*

  • Central Otago
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February 2020
  • Apply anytime

This programme is replacing our Diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management Offered for the first time in 2020, embark on this action-packed programme to strengthen and develop your skills to safely instruct or guide a range of outdoor activities. Graduates will be eligible to apply for full registration on the New Zealand Register of Recreation Professionals (NZRRP).

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

Learn about anatomy and physiology, relaxation and therapeutic massage, stress management and wellness promotion methods. Graduates may operate their own massage therapy business, or may find employment within the spa industry. Alternatively, you can progress into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Science where you can further your studies in massage and health, expand your skill set into rehabilitation (remedial) massage and increase your employment options.

Master of Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by start of programme

Master theoretical and procedural subject matter through a body of scholarly applied work — and prepare for an academic career or a lead sport or exercise management role. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February
  • Apply by start of programme

This qualification will help you extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning base theories and procedures that are relevant to the practice environment. This programme has specialties in Performance Analysis, Physical Conditioning or Exercise and Health.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Management

  • Auckland - international students only
  • 1 year
  • Level 8
  • Starts Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply now!

Majoring in Business Management, this qualification will enable you to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of current management capabilities and issues through experiential learning strategies and reflective practice. This qualification is only available to international students.