• Open Universities Australia

1 year part-time

Domestic students


The high performance sport industry is increasingly focused on developing employees and athletes with strong leadership skills and training in ethics and social responsibility. Proposed regulatory changes within the industry may make these skills a necessity.

This course is designed to address these industry demands by developing specialist knowledge and skills for leadership and communication in high performance sport settings. The course addresses its curriculum underpinned by dignity, self-worth and respect for others as a nuance to professionalism that makes such professionals more effective and more highly valued leaders.

The course targets experienced professionals in the High Performance Sport industry. Given these professionals are working, often in national and international contexts, the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport Leadership is designed to accommodate these commitments. Thus, the major design feature of the course is primarily online, with an intensive on-campus component incorporated to support this delivery and provide students with critical learning opportunities relevant to training in leadership and communication. Moreover, the intensive component will provide the added opportunity to network directly with industry specialists and other students in the course. The course is a pathway into ACU’s Master of High Performance Sport and Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport.

Course duration

1 year part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Open Universities Australia (Online)

(depending on elective choice, students may be required to attend an on-campus intensive at the Melbourne campus)

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is not available.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Course costs

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.

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:

  1. have completed a relevant Bachelor degree (or higher); OR
  2. have completed a Bachelor degree in a different discipline AND evidence of substantial relevant industry experience; OR
  3. submit a proposal alongside their formal application, demonstrating evidence of substantial relevant industry experience.

In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator and bound by decisions of the relevant School Committee.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Career paths

Examples of potential employment settings include:

  • professional and semi-professional sporting organisations;
  • international high performance sport organisations;
  • national institutes (of sport) network;
  • government and non-government funded sporting programs (eg University, Secondary school or post-Secondary school sporting clubs);
  • sport and health based research.

Examples of potential employment roles include:

  • high performance manager;
  • sports science manager;
  • professional coach;
  • sports scientist;
  • strength and conditioning coach;
  • fitness coach/advisor.

Pathways to further study

The degree is designed as a pathway into ACU’s Master of High Performance Sport and Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport.

Contacts for future students


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