Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to succeed in the global sport industry with a Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University.
This course prepares you for a career in sport coaching or management. You will learn to:
- monitor and assess athletes’ performance and psychological state
- understand current and pressing issues in the sport industry
- analyse data, with specific application to sport and exercise sciences
- design conditioning programs for athletes.
You will graduate prepared to work in different sporting disciplines, or to progress to further postgraduate study.
Study in convenient four-week blocks
Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, we have 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.
Study at a leading sport university
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 strong, unique partnerships with more than 350 local, national and global sport organisations. Some of our partners are:
- Western Bulldogs Football Club
- Australian Institute of Sport
- Victorian Racing Club
- Australian Sports Commission
- Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea
- Melbourne Victory Football Club.
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.
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Careers in sport
Graduates from the Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise Science may be employed in the following roles:
- sports science administration
- sport performance adviser
- data analyst
- performance analyst.
To attain the Graduate Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science, students will be required to complete 96 credit points consisting of:
- 48 credit points core units
Course structure and units
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On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Contextualise knowledge and theory with expertise from different sport-related disciplines to shape innovative practice in sport and exercise sciences;|
|2.||Implement research methods and statistical skills which exhibit evidence of independent thought in the field of sport and exercise science;|
|3.||Analyse and evaluate current issues in sport to exemplify and guide ethical behaviour and integrity within diverse national and international contexts; and,|
|4.||Formulate and implement plans, in response to contemporary and future high performance sport challenges and evaluate outcomes adaption and improvement.|
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.
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.
Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.
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.
Pathways from VU courses
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.
Credit for skills and past study
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:
- 1 May 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 23 April 2023 for our next intake which starts on 1 May 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
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