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Academy Exercise and Sport

Level 2

​Discover if a career in the exercise and sport is right for you, while still in secondary school with the UCOL Academy Exercise and Sport Programme.

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Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery day: Fridays

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The UCOL Academy Exercise and Sport programme will help you develop your knowledge as an athlete, excel further within your sport, and understand how the body works and how nutrition helps athletes succeed. Our experienced lecturers will help you with your personal and social development through activity-based learning. This applied practical course complements your current school studies and develops foundation knowledge leading to higher education pathways within UCOL’s Exercise and Wellness programmes.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form as follows:

 Course Hours & Duration

Fridays, 9am - 3pm.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Exercise and Sport Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries Sport and Fitness Professionals, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 22 credits.

Unit Standard 21649 (Level 2) (Version 3) (3 Credits)
Apply knowledge of basic anatomy to the performance of sport skills.

Unit Standard 21794 (Level 2) (Version 1) (3 Credits)
Demonstrate, instruct, and monitor static stretching.

Unit Standard 30935 (Level 3) (Version 1) (5 Credits)
Develop and implement an exercise plan for personal physical fitness.

Unit Standard 12355 (Level 2) (Version 7) (3 Credits)
Describe strategies for managing stress.

Unit Standard 22768 (Level 2) (Version 3) (4 Credits)
Conduct and review a beginner level coaching session.

Unit Standard 27299 (Level 2) (Version 1) (2 Credits)
Describe benefits of participation in recreation in the local community.

Unit Standard 20159 (Level 2) (Version 3) (2 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of weather information for an outdoor activity.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • English


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for the UCOL Academy Exercise and Sport Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.