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Gain expertise that supports your passion for football and take a step towards a sport-science or high-performance career.

VU is a leading sports-education provider. Our Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Football Performance) provides a well-rounded education in football-related sports science.

You'll study a range of relevant areas, including:

  • current issues and trends in football
  • sport integrity and ethics
  • interprofessional communication
  • athlete monitoring.

Our collaborations with world-class football clubs ensure you learn the latest industry technologies and practices.

Most of the certificate is taught online. There’s also one week, intensive, face-to-face teaching in Melbourne.

Successful completion of this course can lead into the Master of Sports Science (Football Performance).


Victoria University has been ranked number 12 in the world for sport science (Shanghai Rankings 2018).

Our ground-breaking research, world-class facilities and partnerships with some of the world’s top sporting clubs have rocketed us to this position in 2018–19.

Studying with us means you benefit from all of the opportunities that come with our elite status – learning from academics who are connected with top organisations, researching with national sporting bodies and accessing our cutting-edge sport-science equipment.

VU is the first Australian partner with the world-class Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea – a joint venture between Real Madrid Football Club and the European University of Madrid.

The Real Madrid Football Club is one of the world’s biggest sports clubs. Our collaboration gives you insight into how elite clubs run their business and sport-science programs.

We also have a partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation to offer football clinics to aspiring soccer stars in the west of Melbourne.

The combination of online and intensive face-to-face teaching makes it possible to complete this certificate overseas or in another state.

Most of the coursework for the certificate can be completed online. There is one week at the start of the term where you will be required to attend face-to-face classes in Melbourne.

The intensive burst mode in Semester 1 is held at our Footscray Park and City Flinders campuses, at the end of February.

Our courses are designed to lead into each other. This certificate prepares you to enter our Master of Sports Science (Football Performance).

In the masters degree, students travel to Madrid, Spain as part of our collaboration with Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea. The two-week intensive study program lets students learn from Real Madrid Football Club and study at the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea.

VU's research in human movement and sports science was rated 'well above world standard' by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Our Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living offers brilliant opportunities for sport-science learning and collaborations, if you undertake a masters degree.


Graduates from the Graduate Certificate of Sports Science (Football Performance) will be ready for work in the following roles:

  • sports scientist
  • performance analyst
  • strength and conditioning coach.


Sports coaches, instructors and officials earn, on average, A$60,800 (JobOutlook).

Progress to our masters degree to aim for the higher end of the salary scale.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Football Performance), 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

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. Articulate the complexities of sport integrity issues in general and responsible behaviour in particular, to a range of audiences;  
  3. Analyse and evaluate current issues in sport to exemplify and guide ethical behaviour and integrity within diverse national and international contexts;  
  4. Formulate and present in response to contemporary and future sports/football challenges and evaluate outcomes to adapt and improve performance; and,  
  5. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives related to applied research in sports science.  

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 government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

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.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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 coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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