Course essentials

VU course code:
Study mode:
Part Time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
0.5 years part time

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Integrity addresses the continuing concern about sport’s capacity to act on the positive social values it has traditionally upheld.

It has four aims:

  1. educate participants about the global scale and scope of illegal, corrupt, and anti-social conduct in sport.
  2. give participants an ethical framework for interrogating the causes and consequences of these practices, and the harms they impose on both stakeholders and the broader community
  3. give participants the knowledge, competencies and skills to effectively manage threats to a sport’s integrity
  4. enable participants to build sporting cultures that place credibility, good standing, and integrity front and centre.

Graduate Certificate in Sport Integrity is the first stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of Sport Business and Integrity. Successful completion will lead you to admission to the Graduate Diploma in Sport Business and Integrity.

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Graduates of courses in the Master of Sport Business and Integrity will be suited to a range of management and leadership roles. Professional capabilities in sport integrity, sport partnerships, sport media and communication and sport facility and event management are examples that will enable graduates to maximise not only their management and leadership capabilities but also their sports’ public value.

The international, national and state private, government and non-profit sectors would be attracted to these graduates, in particular professional sport governing bodies and teams, major sport events and facilities, the sporting goods industry, government departments and the fitness industry.

Graduates of this course may apply for positions such as

  • community development officers
  • integrity officers
  • player relations officers
  • player welfare officers
  • player agents
  • stakeholder relations officers.

Course objectives

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

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of strategic management with advanced specialist knowledge in the field of sport integrity and ethics;  
  2. Utilise cross disciplinary knowledge to analyse the scale and scope of illegal, corrupt, and anti-social conduct in sport;  
  3. Evaluate the nature of illegal, corrupt, and anti-social conduct in sport, and how it threatens the credibility and integrity of sport;  
  4. Exemplify independent judgement when interrogating the causes and consequences of these practices;  
  5. Exhibit the application of legal and ethical principles to decision making processes when dealing with integrity issues in sport;  
  6. 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;  
  7. Contribute to the organisation and delivery of quality sport experiences through dynamic 21st Century work-teams that operate within ethical frames that highlight personal accountability, social responsibility, participant satisfaction, and public value.  
  8. Communicate complex knowledge about sport integrity issues in general and responsible social behaviour in particular, in coherent and accessible ways to a range of specialis and non-specialist audiences.  

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Sport Integrity, students will be required to complete 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of core units.

Year 1, Semester 1

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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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a Bachelor degree in either Sport – which includes sport studies and/or managerial and leadership units; or,
    Successful completion of a Bachelor degree in Business.
  • Mature: In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, a minimum of 10 year's experience as a sport professional / manager.

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 any of the following course(s), 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.

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