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Associate Degree in Applied Business (Leisure, Sport and Recreation)

Where business meets the wild side of leisure.

Why study leisure, sport and recreation?

Sport and recreation isn’t just about having a great time, it’s about health and wellbeing, running great  clubs, and engaging communities in physical activities. If you’re passionate about having fun and helping people change their lives through better health then specialise in Leisure, Sport and Recreation.

In this two year, full time Associate Degree, you will learn about teaching and encouraging people to enjoy participation in programs, services, and facilities so they can live healthier and more fulfilling, more active lives. Active people have built fitness empires, harnessing the power of technology to market their sport and build successful businesses and community organisations. Sport, recreation and leisure can also be a powerful tool to bring people together and socialise, such as community, social and professional sports. As the world becomes more health conscious, now is the perfect time to learn about how to blend your passion for sport and fitness with key business principles.

This course is for people already working in sport and recreation clubs and societies, sport management, leisure centres, government departments and small and medium enterprises (SMEs ). It’s also a great way to kick-start your career in this thriving industry.

With this stream, you’ll study sport, recreation and leisure-specific units, such as the business of leisure, sport and recreation administration and designing events. These will be studied alongside core business units in finance, marketing, managing people and management. In second year, you can choose from a range of elective units such as managing events, leisure planning for communities, leisure facility management and leisure planning alongside core units in managing projects, data for decision making, business planning, and entrepreneurial and innovative thinking. You’ll can also elect to undertake an industry-based project.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply your new learnings with hands-on experiences like case studies, business projects, industry workshops, work placements and internships. This means you’ll be ready hit the ground running when you graduate.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus
Online (2020 intake)


Semester 1, 2021 and Semester 2, 2021


"I was really interested in studying something around sport. It was something that sounded like it would benefit me going forward, especially the applied nature. That was what eventually swayed me. The fact that I was required to hit the ground running on my first day, I wouldn’t have been able to do that had I not done an applied degree first. The skills they equip you with are very hands-on.

I’d love to one day work in the NBA over in America, which is a very bold dream but it’s something I’ve thought about since I was a lot younger. To be able to do that would be amazing."

Career Options

  • Small and medium business owner
  • Activities program coordinator
  • Recreation officer
  • Sport administrator
  • Operations coordinator
  • Community health
  • Club development officer
  • Community development officer
  • Leisure planning
  • Event manager
  • Coaching coordinator
  • Volunteer coordinator

Program structure

Leisure, Sport and Recreation is a stream available in the Associate Degree of Applied Business. The Associate Degree in Applied Business involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study, delivered on campus in Launceston, Hobart and the Cradle Coast, and fully online in 2020. We offer evening tutorials to accommodate those already working full-time or part-time.

The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new business knowledge to a range of situations.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Topics include:

  • The business of leisure
  • Managing people
  • Organisation of leisure, sport and recreation
  • Sport and recreation administration
  • Marketing for business
  • Designing events
  • Leisure facility management
  • Business planning
  • Managing projects
  • Entrepreneurial and Innovative thinking

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Business Sport, Recreation and Leisure - Specialisation (Z2D) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

The Associate Degrees are studied during the traditional university Semester study periods.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

No. For all University College units, assessments are built into the course content throughout the semester. If you undertake units from other parts of the University, you may be required to sit some exams. For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Search.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.