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The Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) is the only specialist sport coaching degree in New Zealand. With options for flexible learning, endorsements and internships, this qualification can cater for a wide variety of students.
Using sport coaching as the context, 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 and teamwork, and knowledge of motivation and psychology.
This degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as maths or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.
Features of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching at UC
- 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.
The BSpC requires 360 points. These are grouped into three main strands:
- Pedagogy (the theory and application of coaching and learning)
- Sport and exercise sciences
- Sociology of sport.
Flexible Learning Option
All BSpC courses are available to study on campus or as a flexible, online learning option.
Flexible learning options support STAR students, students from other UC degree programmes as well as people who are employed or lead busy lives. You may enrol full-time or part-time according to your interests and needs.
If you are enrolled in an online distance course you will be supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, powerpoints, video tutorials and other electronic media.
The BSpC can be completed in three years by full-time study or up to six years by part-time study.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Bachelor's degree. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Specific entry requirements
The BSpC has one intake each February (although it is possible to start this programme from Semester 2). Entry is subject to an interview and satisfactory police vetting as some courses involve students working with school-aged children.