Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness) - Dunedin Campus

Otago Polytechnic
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Bachelor's Degree
Study mode
Full-time, Part-time
3 years
Total tuition fee (local)
USD 12,859
Total tuition fee (foreign)
USD 38,331

Entry Requirements

  • NCEA Level 3 including:
    • Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects, and
    • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR package of three numeracy unit standards.
  • 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).

English Language Requirement

  • IELTS: overall band score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0).


Year 1:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Professional Communication
  • Physical Activity in Disability and Disease
  • Health in the Context of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Exercise Prescription and Programming
  • Promoting Health and Wellness

Year 2

  • Research Methods
  • Issues in Weight Management
  • Placement 1
  • Professional Theory and Practice
  • Psychology of Health, Disease and Physical Activity
  • Physiology of Physical Activity in Aging
  • Wanaka Hauora
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health

Year 3

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Placement 2
  • Applied Physical Activity for Special Populations
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity and Rehabilitation 
  • Research Project
  • Movement Analysis and Skill Acquisition

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