ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2020. More about ATAR
Duration: 
0.5 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Block
Start dates:
3 May 2021
2 August 2021
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 25 April 2021 for our next intake which starts on 3 May 2021.

Overview

Gain foundational knowledge of sport and exercise science with an Undergraduate Certificate in Sport Science from Victoria University.

This course will help you to begin a career in sport participation and performance, informed by a range of sport-science knowledge. 

You will acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills in biological, social, psychological and movement sciences in sport, completing studies in: 

  • sport and exercise psychology  
  • functional kinesiology  
  • motor learning  
  • social elements of sport. 

On graduation, you may progress into the Bachelor of Sport Science, Bachelor of Exercise Science (Clinical Practice), or Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport Practice).

In 2021, the government introduced a higher education short-course scheme to support job seekers transitioning into work after a difficult year.  

The new undergraduate certificates offered as part of this scheme let you graduate with a recognised qualification in as little as half a year. 

Take advantage of the new certificates to begin an entry-level career sooner, or to take your first step towards further study and a bachelor degree.

This course will be delivered in VU Block Model, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once.  

With its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers,  lecturers  and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.  

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and  engagement, and  has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence. 

Our $68m high-technology Sport and Learning Precinct at our Footscray Park Campus is designed to help you get the most out of your course, and supports VU's world-class teaching and research. 

The precinct features: 

  • a high altitude 'hotel' 
  • exercise physiology labs 
  • biomechanics labs 
  • heat chambers 
  • integrated teaching and learning facilities. 

Our College of Sport and Exercise Science has practical workplace learning opportunities with a network of over 350 sport industry employers.

Our strong emphasis on student-centred learning means you'll have unparalleled opportunities to undertake field placements and cadetships with elite and community sport teams, including the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm and Maribyrnong College Elite Sports Academy.

VU’s  Learning Hubs  are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.   

We offer maths, writing,  careers  and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.   

Our programs include:   

  • workshops  
  • drop-in sessions  
  • peer mentoring  
  • maths and writing  resources  
  • resume and career guidance.  

We also have  accessibility support services  and  counselling services  available to all students. 

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Careers in sport science

Careers in this field include opportunities in sport organisations, leisure centres and community service organisations. 

You may progress to a bachelor degree, to apply for higher roles.  

Or apply for entry-level roles in:

  • exercise and sport science within a sporting group
  • performance coaching
  • community fitness and health services.

Course structure

To attain the Undergraduate Certificate in Sport Science students will be required to complete: 

  • 48 credit points Core units

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. Critically analyse and synthesise knowledge from sport science;  
  2. Exercise judgement and apply knowledge to solve routine sport science problems; and,  
  3. Operate as an independent and collaborative professional who can clearly and coherently communicate sport science knowledge and ideas.  

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.

Students who enrol in a:

In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

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.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

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.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Health or Human Sciences, Training & Development, Community Sports or similar.
OR:
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent)

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. For more information see: https://www.police.vic.gov.au and https://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ and http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

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 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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications are due on 25 April 2021 for our next intake which starts on 3 May 2021.

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