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.
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.
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.
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: Full-fee
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- 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.
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.
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
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
Apply direct to VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Direct applications are due on 14 July 2019 for our next intake which starts on 22 July 2019.Apply direct to VU
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