Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport
Course information for
This program is not open to international students to study full-time in Australia on a student visa. Applicants residing overseas may undertake this program online and should apply as domestic students.
The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers.
The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport aims to help students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to enhance the conditioning of high performance athletes, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance, within the context of a multidisciplinary environment and its culture and leadership structures, and to do so in an ethical manner characterised by a concern for respect, equity and social justice.
The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport is designed as a program of structured learning that includes relevant professional practice-related learning.
Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for:
- fitness advisor
- fitness coach
- football or other sport manager
- high performance manager
- performance analyst
- professional coach
- rehabilitation coach
- sports science manager
- sports scientist
- strength and conditioning coach
- team manager
Additional course information
The course is designed to suit a postgraduate clientele that is already in the workforce, as well as graduating students. The course provides flexible learning pathways that can accommodate:
- professional employment commitments;
- national and international-based students;
- full-time or part-time enrolments; and
- a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport and Master of High Performance Sport degrees.
To meet these objectives, the primary design feature is that the majority of the course is delivered online.
A suite of coursework subjects focus on the preparation and performance of high performance athletes, including technological advances for athlete monitoring, advanced principles of strength and conditioning, and analysis of performance measures.
Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foci built into the curriculum will bring together current and new knowledge from a range of professions within the industry. A foundation of analysis skills for interpreting performance data will be incorporated with direct application to high performance sporting contexts.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
a. hold a Bachelor degree or higher in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline;
b. hold a Bachelor degree or higher AND have evidence of relevant industry experience.
c. submit a resume alongside their formal application, demonstrating suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience and/or prior learning over a sustained period.
Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.
English language requirements
Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
The degree is designed as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport and the Master of High Performance Sport.
All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.
A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:
- the number of units studied per semester;
- the choice of major or specialisation; and
- elective units.
The University reviews fees annually.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.