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.
In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes.
A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, and the technologies available for monitoring and training the high performance athlete. They will need to understand the relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury, how to acquire meaningful performance data, and how to work within the culture of a high performance industry.
The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood (and/or duration) of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques of analysis to accurately interpret competition and training information, and using advanced information literacy skills to communicate ideas and outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.
Professionals in this area also need to be equipped with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking and for pursuing further learning if they are to maintain relevance in an industry that is, by definition, fiercely competitive and constantly evolving.
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.
6 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Campus availability and study mode
- Open Universities Australia (Online) - (Application not available)
Study mode definitions
Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.
Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).
Online: Fully online (including assessments).
(with an on-campus elective intensive component at Melbourne campus or offshore by arrangement)
Deferment, credit points & course units
DefermentDeferment is not available.
Course Units (Subjects)Schedule of Unit Offerings
- Semester 1 - February
- Semester 2 - Not on offer
Important Note on Fees
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.
A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.
Essential requirements for admission
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 have completed:
- hold a Bachelor degree or higher in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline;
- hold a Bachelor degree or higher AND have evidence of relevant industry experience.
- submit a written proposal alongside a formal application, demonstrating suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience over a sustained period.
*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.
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Applying for admission
Online applications open 9 October 2019 (via Open Universities Australia, to be confirmed)
Overseas students need to apply as ‘domestic applicants’ on the next screen, as the course does not provide eligibility for a student visa. Overseas students must apply for another type of visa if they wish to attend the four day intensive component held in Melbourne 4-7 February 2020. It is the individual applicant’s responsibility to ensure they can obtain a valid visa on time.
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
The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport is designed as a program of structured learning that includes relevant professional practice-related learning.
Other prerequisites to undertaking this course
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- have completed a Bachelor degree (or higher), normally in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline
- Hold a Bachelor degree and higher and have evidence of relevant industry experience;
- submit a written proposal alongside a formal application, demonstrating evidence of suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience over a sustained period.
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).
Pathways to further study
The degree is designed as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport and the Master of High Performance Sport.
More 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.
To support these subjects, an intensive on-campus component is incorporated as a four day offering during the course. This component offers students hands-on experience with the latest technology in the industry, while providing the added opportunity to network directly with industry specialists and other students in the course.
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