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Please note: This program is currently under review and will not be available for new applicants until further notice.
The Sports Coaching courses provide expertise to prepare coaches for elite level coaching at both the junior and professional levels through the development of a range of skills, particularly related to leadership and management roles. There is strong demand for well qualified coaches in a wide variety of sports. The Graduate Certificate/Master of Sports Coaching emphasises advanced studies in the scientific, management and leadership aspects of sports coaching.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching will have specialised knowledge of the:
- pedagogical techniques involved in sports coaching
- theory and practice of training methodologies and the range of coaching practices
- motor skill acquisition, to attain expert sporting performance
- role of sports medicine and sports science to improve the safety and well-being of athletes
- medical risk factors for special populations in sport, including children and adolescents, women, older athletes and athletes with a disability
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching will have the cognitive, technical and communication skills to:
- critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise the scientific knowledge and theoretical approaches that underpin the coaching of athletes;
- incorporate quantitative skills to synthesise, analyse and evaluate theories, concepts and athletic data to enhance athletic performance
- Critically evaluate the application of a range of skills in sports coaching scenarios
- Identify legal issues, national and international professional standards relevant to sports coaching, including risk assessment procedures and health and safety regulations
- Communicate effectively and respectfully with athletes, coaches, parents, administrators and officials in culturally diverse environments
- Identify opportunities for communicating, and communicate effectively relevant specialist knowledge/research conclusions, professional decisions at conferences, special interest groups and/ or research networks
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching will be able to:
- demonstrate safe, ethical, professional, collaborative and autonomous practice
- make high level independent judgements on a range of issues relating to sports coaching
- initiate, plan, implement and evaluate individualised training programs, which demonstrates an understanding and application of the theoretical concepts of periodisation, training age, growth and development, recovery, sports nutrition and sports psychology
- apply basic knowledge and skills in injury prevention and performance enhancement to training strategies, including development of appropriate warm-up and recovery programs for specific sports
- undertake an analysis of the risks to athlete safety that are inherent in a particular sport and consequently develop and appropriate emergency plan.
Graduates will have opportunities in careers such as high performance coach, director of coaching, coach educator or sports development officer in addition to leadership and management roles in sports associations.
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching, applicants must:
- provide documented evidence of coaching qualifications and at least three years’ sports coaching experience. Applicants who only hold Strength and Conditioning and/or Personal Training qualifications do not meet this requirement; OR
- hold a suitable bachelor degree in a related field (e.g. Exercise Science, Human Movement, Physical Education) AND provide documented evidence of at least three years’ sports coaching experience. Applicants who only hold Strength and Conditioning and/or Personal Training qualifications do not meet this requirement.
English Language requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:
- A minimum score of 575 onTOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT)TOEFLscore of 88 (no score less than 21)
- OR a minimum overall band score of 6.5 onELTS(Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of theISLPR(conducted byGELIorISLPRLanguage Services only)
- OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
- OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
- OR an overall score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 54 in all Communicative Skills.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Students may study these units in any order.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching students must complete four units.
The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.
There are no exit points within the Graduate Certificate.
All credit applications will be assessed according to Griffith University policy and students should contact the Griffith (OUA) Services for further information.
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Students who have been accepted into the Master of Sports Coaching or the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching prior to 2015 will need to ensure all required units have been successfully completed by the end of Session 1, 2016.
This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.
Griffith_Master_Sports_Coaching_Transition_2013 (PDF, 351 KB)