Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Online

12 months part-time

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.

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 analysts. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, the National Institutes Network, 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.

The Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis provides specialist knowledge and skills in performance analysis, by providing theoretical and applied foundations for practice in professional highly-skilled work settings. Advanced knowledge and skills in data handling and analysis, as well as exposure to sports science technologies used in high performance settings, are provided.

The tasks required of students in the course will encourage critical thinking, solving of complex problems, and communication of complex knowledge and ideas to the variety of professionals who operate in the high performance sport industry.

Course duration

12 months part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online

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).

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $9744 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

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:

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

*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

Direct Applications

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 (e.g. University, Secondary school and other sporting clubs);
  • sport and health based research.

Examples of potential employment roles include:

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

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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