Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
4 February 2019
Duration:
1 year full time.
Location: 
Delivery mode:
Blended

Applications for this course are currently being accepted.

Overview

Kick off a career in the sports industry with a Diploma of Sport Development at Victoria Polytechnic.

You’ll learn how to plan and deliver sports coaching sessions and strength and conditioning programs. Learning from current industry professionals, you’ll gain skills and knowledge in:

  • sport technology
  • sport nutrition
  • sport sponsorship
  • project management
  • sport psychology.

You’ll also develop valuable skills in project management, workplace health and safety, facilitation and organisational risk management.

As a student of a leading sports university, you’ll have access to world-class facilities, sports research and our extensive network of sports organisation partners.

We also offer the course with a one-year sport specific option in addition to the mainstream alternative. The Victoria University sport academies are aimed at emerging high-performance athletes and coaches wanting to pursue elite sports development and expand their career options.

We offer the following sport specific options:

  • Australian Rules Football
  • basketball
  • cricket
  • golf
  • netball
  • soccer.

You will have access to VU's world leading training/research centre and services including sport specific conditioning massage, osteopathy treatments, physical screening and testing, athlete research and sport nutrition advice.

If you’re thinking of applying for the sport specific option, we expect that you are involved in the sport of your choice at a competitive level and have in interest in improving your skill level.

Supplementary application information

Applicants for the Diploma of Sport Development with a sport specific option must also submit a completed A318 form.

Please note: the sport-specific option is not available to international students

Victoria University is one of Australia's most recognisable sport universities. We have an outstanding reputation in sport, exercise science, health and fitness.

We have gained this name through our extensive offering of sport-related courses and our world-class facilities. Also unique to VU is our significant research and partnerships, as well as our leading academic staff.

We have the largest number of students enrolled in sport courses, and more sports industry partners than any other university. We also have the most graduates working in the sport industry.

Our sport and exercise centre at the Footscray Park Campus has the most comprehensive range of sport and exercise science facilities in the southern hemisphere.

The Institute for Health and Sport (IHES) features the most advanced sport and exercise technology available.  The facility is used by students, researchers, professional sports teams and community organisations.

At the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium you will learn alongside sport and recreation professionals. This stadium is a joint initiative with the Western Bulldogs.

Our facilities include:

  • exercise physiology labs
  • altitude hotel
  • biomechanics labs
  • motor learning and skilled performance labs
  • heat chambers
  • motor control and biofeedback labs
  • integrated teaching and learning facilities.

VU has strong partnerships with more than 350 local, national and global organisations across the sport, exercise and recreation industries. These partnerships inform the content of our courses and provide joint research opportunities.

Our partnerships provide great opportunities for your career development including:

  • exciting work placement opportunities
  • environments for collaborative learning.

Our partners include:

  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Netball Australia
  • Victorian Racing Club
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Real Madrid Football Club Foundation
  • Beijing and German Sports Universities
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • National Heart Foundation
  • VicHealth
  • National Ageing Research Institute
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Tennis Australia
  • Western Health
  • Australian Football League (AFL).

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible, user-friendly eLearning activities.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria University Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Sport Development students train in state-of-the-art facilities at the Footscray Park campus.

Careers in sport

The sport, fitness and recreation industries play a crucial and significant role in the health and wellbeing of Australians. There are diverse and expanding career opportunities in this sector.

Graduates of this practical qualification will be ready to work in a wide range of roles, varying from managing competitions, sports venues and facilities to identifying and developing athletes.

Example job titles include:

  • sport development manager
  • sport venues and facilities manager
  • competition manager
  • program developer
  • talent development manager
  • sport coach
  • sport administrator
  • sporting club manager
  • sporting event manager.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degrees and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 12 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development a student must successfully complete a total of twenty (20) units of competency, comprising of:

  • eleven (11) core units and; 

  • nine (9) elective units which may be selected from the electives in this qualification or from units which are first packaged at AQF level 4, or 5 within SIS10; up to 4 elective units may be selected from any current accredited course or other Training Package, and must be units which are first packaged at AQF level 5.

CORE UNITS

Mainstream and Specialised Stream:

ELECTIVE UNITS

Mainstream Option:

Specialised Stream:

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual intending to pursue a career in sport development. Occupational outcomes for this qualification can vary from managing competitions, sport venues and facilities and identifying and developing athletes.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants looking to enrol into this course with a sport specific option, will be required to attend game play and individual skill trials to determine eligibility and course suitability. Unsuccessful applicants at sport specific trials may be provided an alternate offer into the mainstream course.
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
- Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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