Bachelor of Sport Management

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Course essentials

Bachelor of Sport Management students will gain skills to manage professional organisations, major sporting events and sporting facilities.

As Leaders in Sport, VU has over 200 partnerships and affiliations with peak sporting bodies, professional and community sporting clubs and groups that focus on public health and education. Our partnerships provide great opportunities for our students including:

  • lectures by industry experts 
  • incredible work placement opportunities
  • environments for collaboration.

Work placements are an integral part of the Bachelor of Sport Management. Our students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain real world experience. Career development is an essential component of this degree classroom learning is linked to compulsory career placements in the sport, exercise, physical education, and clinical exercise and recreation industries.

This degree has a common first year giving students an insight into the specialities available and the opportunity experience the different aspects of sport management at both elite and community level.

Sport and Active Communities specialisation

The Sport and Active Communities specialist strand gives attention to community sport, its relationship with elite and professional sport, and how it can be managed so optimise participant satisfaction, build sustainable communities, and deliver social utility.

It also covers team-sport management, gym and exercise program administration, and community-based physical activity programming.

Outdoor Recreation Leadership specialisation

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership specialist strand exposes students to a diverse range of adventure programs that not only deliver special experiences, but also provides unique learning situations that build a breadth of capabilities, including the capacity to plan, organise, and program complex outdoor adventure activities at the highest professional level.

It also provides the opportunity for students to build highly valued character traits including integrity, cultural sensitivity, and psychological resilience.

In October 2014, over 90 Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education students took part on a rogaining event that tests their navigation and endurance skills.

Student Placements

As a VU Bachelor of Sport Management students you will complete a 70 hour and 140 hour placement during your course. Our  Career and Professional Development Program (CPD) program, run by by qualified career specialists with a background in the sport industry, allows you to choose a placement based on your personal career aspirations. These career focused placements provide you the opportunity to develop real experiences that translate into work place achievements. 

More than 300 organisations host VU sport management students including the AFL, Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Rebels, Hockey Victoria, Cricket Victoria, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Coburg Football Club, and the Melbourne Vixens Netball team, Western Jets Football Club, Greyhound Racing Victoria, Football Federation Victoria, Richmond Football Club and the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Related Courses

Graduate Diploma in Sport Business and Integrity

Master of Sport Business and Integrity

Graduate Certificate in Sport Integrity

Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science)


Graduates from the Bachelor of Sport Management will be ready for employment in a variety of positions.

Specialisation: Sport and Active Communities

Students graduating from the Sport and Active Communities specialisation will be ideally placed to work as administrators, officers and managers in:

  • sport governing bodies
  • sports clubs
  • stadia and arenas
  • state government agencies that focus on physical activity policies and issues
  • gyms and leisure centres
  • leisure planning and sport development units within local government spaces
  • community welfare development agencies
  • sports and leisure consultancies
  • the motor racing industry, and
  • the horse racing industry.

Specialisation: Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Students graduating from the Outdoor Recreation Leadership specialisation will be ideally placed to work as educators, leaders, and trainers for outdoor adventure programs in:

  • schools
  • outdoor adventure camps
  • state government agencies
  • adventure sport businesses
  • corporate training consultancies
  • local government community leisure units
  • health education agencies, and
  • youth work programs.

Study pathways

If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

SIS50612 - Diploma of Sport Development

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study toward the Outdoor Recreation Leadership major.

SIS50612 - Diploma of Sport Development

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study toward the Sport and Active Communities major.

HLT52015 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of strategic planning, operational management, staff development, program design, service delivery, performance evaluation, and relevant business principles, with advanced specialist knowledge and managerial know-how within the discipline of sport, exercise, and active recreation;  
  2. Critically analyse theoretical and technical knowledge in diverse contexts, and adapt and apply related skills to the effective management of sport, exercise and active recreation services;  
  3. Critically review and apply information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems related to the management of sport, exercise, and active recreation services in contemporary settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional judgement, ethical standards, and social sensitivity by adapting knowledge and managerial skills to make decisions - be it individually or collaboratively - that provide inclusive, sustainable, and culturally relevant sport, exercise, and active recreation experiences;  
  5. Communicate a coherent and independent exposition of industry knowledge and operational skills in both oral and written form to a range of audiences;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals with a view to implementing creative strategies to promote lifelong learning, and establishing pathways for the attainment of further professional development and vocational training;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies, work-group skills, and leadership abilities to the effective management of sport, exercise, and active recreation enterprises, while also accommodating the divergent and complex cultures of Australia and other regions around the world; and  
  8. Contribute to the organisation and delivery of sport, exercise, and active recreation programs with personal accountability, integrity, and social responsibility for outcomes, and do it through dynamic 21st Century work-teams that use resources efficiently, provide high levels of participant satisfaction, and deliver widespread social utility.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Sport Management students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 Units) of Core studies
  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major studies from the list below
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Professional Development in Sport & Outdoor Recreation Minor studies
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Minor studies from the list below

Minors not available for students completing the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Major are:-

  • SMIOUT Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Minors not available for students completing the Sport and Active Communities Major are:-

  • SMISAC Sport and Active Communities

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4 with a minimum study score of 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.
  • Other: Students will require a Working with Children Check and National Police Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site links to obtain additional information:

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Direct applications due 20 July 2017.

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