Course essentials

VU course code:
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time, Full Time
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
0.5 years full time or longer for part time

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Football Performance) provides a holistic education in the areas of sports science, coaching, strength and conditioning and management of association football (soccer).

Studying this course you'll develop your knowledge of:

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

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Science (Football Performance) can lead into the Master of Sports Science (Football Performance).

Applicants please note:

The next application deadline for this course is 27 February 2018. However places in this course are limited and may be exhausted by that date. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of being offered a place in this course.

Course delivery

The course has an applied theoretical focus, practical experience and engagement with industry, most notable of which is our partnership with the Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea. This will ensure you can use the latest industry standard technologies and evidence based practices upon graduation. 

Burst mode in Semester 1

The semester starts at the end of February with an intensive week (burst mode) in Melbourne (Footscray Park and City Flinders campuses).The final schedule, including dates are announced closer to the time.

Attendance to this burst-mode component is compulsory.

  • The remaining content of the four units in Semester 1 are delivered online.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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Graduates from the Graduate Certificate of Sports Science (Football Performance) may be employed in the following roles:

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

Course objectives

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.  

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

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.

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  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.

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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 an area related to Sport and Exercise Science/Human Movement.
  • Mature: In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, 7 years full-time work experience including at least 3 of the 7 years gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role in a related field as approved by the College.

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 for this course

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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