Develop sport management, administration and leadership capabilities with Victoria University’s Graduate Certificate in Community Sport Management.
During your community-sport management study, you will build skills in:
- managing community partnerships with stakeholders
- strategic planning and management for sport businesses
- sport facility management
- event management
- financial and money management (accounting, economics and finance functions) associated with sport entities.
You will graduate with the knowledge and skills to enter management roles in all levels of sport, ranging from community to elite – corporate to non-profit – and recreation to professional.
To enhance your skills further, and grow your career prospects, you may want to progress to our Master of Sport Business.
The College of Sport and Exercise Science has more than 200 partnerships and affiliations with peak sporting bodies, professional and community sporting clubs, and public-health and education groups.
Partner organisations offer valuable contacts within the industry. They include the following:
- Australian Football league (AFL)
- Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
- Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)
- Western Bulldogs Football Club
- Tennis Australia
- Melbourne Victory
- Melbourne Storm
- Melbourne Rebels
- Hockey Victoria
- Cricket Victoria
- Melbourne Vixens Netball team
- Western Jets Football Club
- Racing Victoria
- Football Federation Victoria
- Victorian Institute of Sport
- Real Madrid Graduate School.
Victoria University is one of Australia's most recognisable sport universities. We have an outstanding reputation in sport, exercise science, health and fitness.
VU’s facilities are the most comprehensive range of sport and exercise science facilities in the southern hemisphere. Our world-class sport and learning precinct at our Footscray Park Campus includes the Institute for Health & Sport (IHES).
We have the largest number of students enrolled in sport courses, and more sport industry partners than any other university. We also have the most graduates working in the sport industry.
As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Careers in Community Sport Management
Our Graduate Certificate in Community Sport Management will ensure you acquire the broad skillset necessary for a successful career in sport. There are tremendous business and personal growth opportunities as leaders, administrators and managers. You will be equipped to add to the public value of the sport industry through your work in community partnerships, planning and management, facilities and events, and other opportunities.
In complex organisations you will be prepared for a range of sport management and leadership roles in:
- national, state and local government
- the private sector
- non-profit sport sector
- international sport organisations.
To attain the Graduate Certificate in Community Sport Management, students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points of core units.
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Integrate conceptual understandings of the management of community sport with advanced specialist knowledge utilising cross disciplinary knowledge to analyse the various ways in which sport organisations may partner and collaborate with other organisations to achieve mutually beneficial financial, strategic, and event outcomes;|
|2.||Evaluate sport partnership theories and stakeholder strategies as applied to sport partnership developments and formalised agreements;|
|3.||Design and justify strategic initiatives involving structural, cultural, and operational change enabling sporting enterprises to adopt practices which focus on integrity and use it as a tool for creating additional public value;|
|4.||Assess the design and management of sport facilities and events in consideration of the strategies used to deliver value-for-money experiences to the widest audiences; and,|
|5.||Critically review the role accounting, finance, economics, and analytics play in the successful implementation of sport marketing strategies.|
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.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: Full-fee
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
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.
Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.
How to apply
Available start dates:
- 20 February 2023
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.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 12 February 2023 for our next intake which starts on 20 February 2023.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered