Diploma in Sport Science - Health and Recreation Specialization

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


The Sport Science Diploma Program with Specialization in Health and Recreation prepares students to work or continue their studies in health and recreation programming or management.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

60 credits (20 courses) meeting all of the following criteria:

  •  30 Sport Science credits which must include:
    •  1103; 1105; 1192; 1195; 1318 or 1319; 2231; 2205; 2252; 2292; 2210; 
  •  6 Sport Science elective credits;
  •  6 credits of Commerce & Business Administration courses from the following: MARK 1120 or BUSN 1210 or BUSN 3350 or equivalent; 
  •  3 Social Science credits: SOSC 2140, and
  •  Minimum 9 foundation credits including:
    •  PSYC (3); ENGL (3) (ENGL 1130 recommended); MATH (3); and
  •  6 non-SPSC elective credits


  •  All courses must be university transfer and must be selected from a minimum of four subject areas.
  •  Students are advised to align their non-SPSC elective courses with the post-secondary institution to which they plan to transfer.
  •  Students need not be registered in the Sport Science program to qualify for the Diploma in Sport Science.

Admissions Requirements

The Sport Science department uses a preferential admission procedure. Admission to the Sport Science Diploma program is contingent upon:

  1. Availability of seats; and
  2. All of the admission requirements in either section A or B below; and
  3. All of the admission requirements of section C below; and
  4. Applicant ranking as determined by a process of preferential admission evaluation. The preferential admission process will assign scores to:
    1. Two professional references notes 1,2 below
    2. GPA

Following this review applicants are ranked according to their total score. Applicants with the same total score will be offered seats based on their date of application.

A) Minimum Academic Admission Requirements: Secondary Applicants

  1. General Admission Requirements; and
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C", or approved substitutionnote3; and
  3. Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C", or equivalent note4; and
  4. Three grade 11 or 12 courses with a minimum grade of "C".

B) Minimum Academic Admission Requirements: Post-secondary Applicants 
(Note: Students who have completed 12 or more university transferable credits will be considered as post-secondary applicants.)

  1. General Admission Requirements; and
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C", or approved substitutionnote3; and
  3. Math 11 with a minimum grade of "C", or equivalent note4; and
  4. Minimum post-secondary GPA of 2.33 (minimum 12 credits).

C) All Applicants

  1. Two reference forms from coaches, PE teachers or community leaders verifying one season of sport experience and character reference note1


  1. A professional referee may include but is not limited to: a teacher, coach, employer, etc. Family members are not able to act as referees. Each referee’s full name, contact information, and nature of relationship to applicant must be provided.
  2. Based on reference responses, the Sport Science Department may conduct interviews with all or chosen applicants.
  3. ENGL 1130 is a Graduation requirement of the program, therefore students who do not have at least a "B" grade in English 12 will be required to write the Douglas College computer-based English assessment to become eligible to register in ENGL 1130.
  4. Recommended courses:
    1. To fulfill the Math 11 admission requirement, Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, or higher are recommended 
    2. PE 11 or 12 or equivalent is an additional recommended course


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

A Diploma in Sport Science qualifies you for a variety of careers in sports, recreation and wellness. If you use the diploma to transfer into a related university degree program, many more career opportunities will be available to you.      The Sport Science Diploma allows you to transfer directly into the third year of a number of degree programs:      Douglas College   - Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching   University of the Fraser Valley   - Bachelor of Science in Physiology     - Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Pedagogy         University of British Columbia       - Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Exercise Science)- Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Health Promotion)     University of Victoria   - Bachelor of Education Specialist Elementary- Bachelor of Education Secondary with PE specialization- Bachelor of Arts in Human Performance- Bachelor of Science in Human PerformanceSimon Fraser University- Bachelor of Education (minor Physical Education)- Bachelor of Science (major Kinesiology)

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.