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New UCOL programme looking to tap into Wairarapa’s sporting culture

By UCOL on Tuesday, 09 January 2018

A photograph of a lady wearing a sports outfit in a gym

UCOL is opening up opportunities for people who want to gain foundation education in exercise in the Wairarapa.

Enrolments are now open for New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Exercise Pathway) at UCOL’s Wairarapa campus.

This Level 3 programme gives students the opportunity to develop study and career skills, as well introductory knowledge in exercise and sports provision. 

UCOL’s Head of the School of Applied Sciences and Applied Health Michael Mann says offering the Exercise Pathway programme in the Wairarapa was logical given the region’s proud sporting history.  

“There is a strong sporting culture in the Wairarapa, so we want to tap into that and open up opportunities for those who want to pursue sport and exercise education.”  

“Students who complete this Level 3 programme can then enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4), which is a programme that gives graduates the skills and knowledge to work as personal trainers.”

The New Zealand Certificate in Exercise (Level 4) is taught at UCOL’s Palmerston North, Whanganui and Levin campuses.

The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Exercise Pathway) covers areas such as anatomy, exercise technique, maintaining an exercise regimen, and what goes into planning recreation activities.

Mann says that the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Exercise Pathway) can give students more than just introductory knowledge on exercise and sports. 

“As an exercise student or professional, it’s important that you can communicate clearly and work well as part of team. This programme covers that as well.” 

As part of the Exercise Pathway programme, students will using a local gym for practical work.

“The great thing about having students learning in a public gym is that it exposes them the kind of environment they would work in if they went on to become trainers,” says Mann. 

The New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation has Health, Exercise, Nursing, and Business Pathways offered at UCOL’s Palmerston North, Wanganui, and Wairarapa Campuses, while Medical Imaging is being offered in Palmerston North.
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