Postgraduate qualifications in Sport Coaching and Sport Science

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UC offers a variety of sport options beyond the Bachelor of Sport Coaching. Our qualifications are aimed at all levels, from those interested in a career in sport coaching, to pathways to becoming a Physical Education teacher through to short courses to increase skills for people involved at any level of coaching or team management.

Our qualifications offer flexibility in delivery.  You can study part-time, full-time, at a distance or on campus.

Three new postgraduate qualifications in a new subject, Sport Science, will be offered from 2018. *Subject to CUAP approval due late 2017

They are Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science (PGDipSS), Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science (PGCertSS) and Master of Sport Science (MSS).

A range of first-year Sports Coaching courses are offered to Year 12 and 13 students through the STAR programme. These courses are designed to provide a challenging and stimulating opportunity for secondary school students and a chance to experience the varied programmes offered at the College of Education, Health and Human Development.

Postgraduate qualifications in Sport Coaching and Sport Science

If you're involved in sport coaching or team management at any level and wish to enhance your development and skills, the Certificate in Sport Coaching (CertSpC) is the ideal programme for you. The certificate offers the flexibility of studying full-time or part-time, on campus or at home. The programme can be tailored by choosing the courses that fit your interests and needs. Learn from leading experts and academics and have access to world-leading technologies in the Sports Lab and personalised online support for distance students.

The CertSpC may be completed part-time over a period of up to 3 years or as a 6-month full-time qualification.

The certificate consists of 60 points (four courses). Students complete SPCO 101 Introduction to Sport Coaching OR SPCO 102 Theoretical Foundations of Coaching and Teaching AND SPCO 201 Athlete-Centred Coaching 1 plus an additional 30 points of SPCO courses from this list, with options including Nutrition, Psychology, Strength and Conditioning. 

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching provides practising coaches and those employed in the sports industry the opportunity to develop their professional coaching skills. It is also available to students who are not currently employed in the industry, but wish to develop skills and competencies to gain employment in performance sport coaching contexts.

The GradCertSpC will develop knowledge and expertise in contemporary sport coaching pedagogy and also provides the opportunity to develop skills in leadership and planning, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, rehabilitation, reconditioning and nutrition. The practicum enables students to apply their learning and knowledge in their own work, in sport coaching settings or areas of sporting interest.

The GradCertSpC may be completed part-time over a period of up to four years or as a six-month full-time qualification. The GradCertSpC is offered as an on-line, flexible learning option where courses are supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, PowerPoint presentations, video tutorials and other electronic media.

The GradCertSpC is a 60-point course comprising of four 15-point papers. SPCO 301 Sport Coaching and Leadership, SPCO 302 Athlete-Centred Coaching 2 and SPCO 310 Practicum 3 are compulsory courses plus students choose one additional 15-point course from Schedule C of the Bachelor of Sports Coaching.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Sport Science will require 60 points with one compulsory course.  It will have both Semester One and Two intakes.

Master of Sport Science brochure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Sport Science (*subject to CUAP approval, due August 2017) will require 120 points, with two compulsory courses and two elective courses. It will have both Semester One and Two intakes.

The Master of Sport Science will require 180 points of which 90 points (three courses) will be compulsory. Students will normally be required to have achieved a B average in their undergraduate degree. There will be intakes in both Semesters One and Two.

Master of Sport Science brochure

Students of other degrees with an interest in Sport Coaching may include our courses in other degrees.  Sport Coaching is also a popular choice for a double degree with common combinations including Law, Commerce and Management.

All courses are available by distance as well as on campus.

For all enquiries about Sport Coaching study options contact:

Student Advisors

College of Education, Health and Human Development
Internal Phone: 93333

Dr Jenny Clarke

Senior Lecturer
Rec Centre 137
Internal Phone: 93448