0.5 years full time or longer for part time
Online Self-Paced
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Online Self-Paced
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Work with football clubs to improve player performance, with a Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis (Football).

Professional and semi-professional football (soccer) clubs are constantly seeking a competitive advantage. The performance-analysis skills, in particular video-analysis skills, you acquire in our football-analysis course will help you find a career that fits with your passion for football.

You'll gain outstanding knowledge of the relevant technology and an overall understanding of performance and sport science. Your theoretical knowledge and practical skills will set you up to work as a successful performance analyst.

This course features an initial face-to-face burst mode, online learning and practical sessions with a leading performance-analysis company.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, we rolled out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

This course is delivered in four-week mode, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

The College of Sport and Exercise Science has over 200 partnerships and affiliations with peak sporting bodies, professional and community sporting clubs and public-health and education groups.

Practical experience will ensure you are a confident graduate, experienced in the latest industry standard technologies and evidence-based practices.

VU is ranked in the Top 20 globally for sport science education (ShanghaiRanking: Academic Rankings of World Universities).

We offer over 40 sports-related courses, giving you the opportunity to progress to related courses at graduate and postgraduate levels.

VU has partnerships with elite sporting groups, including Melbourne Victory.

Careers in football performance analysis

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. Professional and semi-professional football (soccer) clubs are always looking for people with performance-analysis skills.

Graduates of this practical qualification will be ready to work in sports venues and facilities to identify and develop athletes.

You can aim for a career in one of these areas:

  • performance analysis
  • sport science
  • sport development
  • program development
  • talent development
  • coaching.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis (Football), students will be required to complete 48 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points core units

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

  1. Contextualise knowledge and theory in relation to current issues in sport, using expertise from different sport-related disciplines to shape innovative practice in football science and performance;  
  2. Analyse and evaluate current issues in sport to exemplify and guide ethical behaviour and integrity within diverse national and international contexts;  
  3. Formulate and present plans in response to contemporary and future sports/football challenges and evaluate outcomes to adapt and improve performance;  
  4. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to research in the field of Sport and in particular Football; and,  
  5. Implement an industry recognised best practice analysis program to exhibit fundamental video analysis skills in the football codes.  

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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.

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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.

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Entry requirements

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.

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.

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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.

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