Intakes: 

2020: February, July

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2020: A$13,700*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Gain the skills for a career in the sports, physical recreation and outdoor adventure sector with a Bachelor of Sport Management at Victoria University.

You will learn the techniques of management and their application to the sport and physical recreation industries including:

  • planning
  • human resource management
  • finance
  • leadership
  • marketing
  • performance evaluation.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be confident and ready to manage professional sport organisations, major sporting events, and sporting facilities. You’ll also be prepared to manage community sport programs, social development projects, outdoor adventure activities, and active recreation experiences.

VU is a leading sport university, and you’ll benefit from our extensive sports and physical recreation industry partnerships. Our classroom activities are blended with online and practical learning. By undertaking work placements, you’ll develop professional connections before you even graduate.

After the first year of the course, you can choose between two specialist majors.

Sport & Active Communities major

You’ll explore community sport and its relationship with elite and professional sport. You will learn how it can be managed to optimise participant satisfaction, build sustainable communities, and deliver an overall improvement in economic and social value.

This major also covers team-sport management, gym and exercise program administration, and community-based physical activity programming.

Outdoor Recreation Leadership major

You’ll experience a diverse range of adventure programs. These will provide unique learning situations that help you to build a wide range of skills. For example, over 90 Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education students took part in a rogaining event that tested their navigation and endurance skills.

You’ll learn to plan, organise, and program complex outdoor adventure activities at the highest professional level. You’ll also develop highly valued character traits including integrity, cultural sensitivity, and psychological resilience.

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 gained this name through our extensive offering of sport-related courses and our world-class facilities. Also unique to VU is our significant research and partnerships, as well as our leading academic staff.

We have the largest number of students enrolled in sport courses, and more sports industry partners than any other university. We also have the most graduates working in the sport industry.

VU has strong, unique partnerships with more than 350 local, national and global organisations across the sport, exercise and recreation industries. These partnerships inform the content of our courses and provide joint research opportunities.

Our partnerships provide great opportunities for your career development including:

  • lectures by industry experts
  • exciting work placement opportunities
  • environments for collaborative learning.

Our partners include:

  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Netball Australia
  • Victorian Racing Club
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Real Madrid Football Club Foundation
  • Beijing and German Sports Universities
  • Sport Australia Hall of Fame
  • National Heart Foundation
  • VicHealth
  • National Ageing Research Institute
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Tennis Australia
  • Western Health
  • Australian Football League (AFL).

Everything you learn with VU has direct links to the real world. A key part of your studies will be experiencing the true nature of working in a professional sports environment in your industry placements.

You can choose your 70 hour and 140 hour placements based on your personal career aspirations.

We have qualified career specialists with a background in the sports industry who will support you. You’ll gain direct practical experience by taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it in the real world.

These placements will provide you with confidence and a competitive advantage in the workforce.

Placements and cadetships take place with VU partner organisations such as:

  • Western Bulldogs Football Club
  • Melbourne Storm
  • Victorian Institute of Sport.

The Bachelor of Sport Management is the only course in Australia that studies sport management in the context of other disciplines.

This course draws on economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, finance, geography, philosophy, law, architecture, and history. Taught by highly qualified professionals, these disciplines inform the study of management within the context of sport and recreation.

This course also uniquely blends the study of commercial, community and outdoor sport. Classroom activities are integrated with online learning. Through case studies, practical learning and industry networking, you’ll become confident with both theory and practice.

You'll have access to the most comprehensive range of sport and exercise science facilities in the southern hemisphere, including a $68 million sport and learning precinct with specialised labs that support our world-class Institute for Health and Sport (IHES).

The facility is used by students, researchers, professional sports teams and community organisations.

At the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium you will learn alongside sport and recreation professionals. This stadium is a joint initiative with the Western Bulldogs.

Our facilities include:

  • exercise physiology labs
  • altitude hotel
  • biomechanics labs
  • motor learning and skilled performance labs
  • heat chambers
  • motor control and biofeedback labs
  • integrated teaching and learning facilities.

VU received the highest possible ranking for human movement and sports science in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. This ranking places us ‘well above world standard’.

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Careers in sport and recreation

The sport, fitness and physical recreation industries play a crucial and significant role in the health and wellbeing of Australians. There are diverse and expanding career opportunities in this sector.

Graduates of our Bachelor of Sport Management will be ready to work in a variety of roles in the sport and physical recreation industry. You may work in commercial or community sport, or outdoor adventure. You’ll be qualified to manage sport organisations, facilities, and events.

The career opportunities are broad, and each of the majors provides many exciting options. 

Sport & Active Communities major

You will be ideally placed to work as an administrator, officer or manager in:

  • sport governing bodies
  • sports clubs
  • stadia and arenas
  • local and state government agencies that focus on physical activity policies and issues
  • gyms and leisure centres
  • leisure planning and sport development units within local government spaces
  • community welfare agencies
  • youth work programs
  • sports and leisure consultancies
  • the motor or horse racing industry.

Outdoor Recreation Leadership major

You will be prepared to work as a sport management educator, leader or trainer for outdoor adventure programs in:

  • schools
  • outdoor adventure camps
  • state government agencies
  • adventure sport businesses
  • corporate training consultancies
  • local government community leisure units
  • health education agencies
  • youth work programs.

Employment for recreation officers,  sports club administrators, and fitness centre managers is expected to grow strongly over the next four years (JobOutlook, JobOutlook).

Salary

Job options from the Bachelor of Sport Management are varied. As an example, the average annual salary of a sports or fitness centre manager in Australia is $64,428 (JobOutlook).

Further study

You could also go on to study a Master of Sport Business and Integrity, which will enable you to enhance your professional capabilities, and show how they can be used to maintain sports’ reputation for fair play, inclusiveness, transparency and integrity. You could also move into an Honours program, which gives you the opportunity to build your research skills, and complete a major research project.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Sport Management students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 96 credit points of Major studies from the approved list
  • 48 credit points of Professional Development in Sport & Outdoor Recreation Minor studies
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies from the approved list.

Minors not available for students completing the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Major are:-

  • SMIOUT Outdoor Recreation Leadership

Minors not available for students completing the Sport and Active Communities Major are:-

  • SMISAC Sport and Active Communities

First Year Core Units

Compulsory Minors

Majors

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of strategic planning, operational management, staff development, program design, service delivery, performance evaluation, and relevant business principles, with advanced specialist knowledge and managerial know-how within the discipline of sport and active recreation;  
  2. Critically analyse theoretical and technical knowledge in diverse contexts, and adapt and apply related skills to the effective management of sport and active recreation services;  
  3. Critically review and apply information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems related to the management of sport and active recreation services in contemporary settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional judgement, ethical standards, and social sensitivity by adapting knowledge and managerial skills to make decisions - be it individually or collaboratively - that provide inclusive, sustainable, and culturally relevant sport and active recreation experiences;  
  5. Communicate a coherent and independent exposition of industry knowledge and operational skills in both oral and written form to a range of audiences;  
  6. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals with a view to implementing creative strategies to promote lifelong learning, and establishing pathways for the attainment of further professional development and vocational training;  
  7. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies, work-group skills, and leadership abilities to the effective management of sport, exercise, and active recreation enterprises, while also accommodating the divergent and complex cultures of Australia and other regions around the world; and  
  8. Contribute to the organisation and delivery of sport and active recreation programs with personal accountability, integrity, and social responsibility for outcomes, and do it through dynamic 21st Century work-teams that use resources efficiently, provide high levels of participant satisfaction, and deliver widespread social utility.  

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.

Credits

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.

Admissions

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Students will require a Working with Children Check and National Police Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site links to obtain additional information:
http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274.

Pathways & credits

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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

The Gordon

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of 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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

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