Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport (full-time only)
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 10 Nov 20
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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This course is available full-time, fully-online in Semester 2, 2020 with reduced fees as a part of the ACU Opportunity Unlimited suite of subsidised short courses.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport should be able to:
- Use specialised technologies and techniques to collect, analyse, interpret and report meaningful data for monitoring the health, performance and training interventions of high performance athletes
- Design and deliver meaningful interventions to athletes that enhance performance and reduce the likelihood (and/or duration) of injury and illness
- Work in an ethical manner that promotes the dignity of the athlete and communicate effectively in high performance sport contexts
Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for:
- Sports scientist
- High performance manager
- Strength and conditioning coach
- Professional coach
- Fitness coach
- Rehabilitation coach
- Performance analyst
- Fitness advisor
- Sports science manager
- Football or other sport manager
- Team manager
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- hold a Bachelor degree or higher in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline; OR
- hold a Bachelor degree or higher AND have evidence of relevant industry experience; OR
- submit a written proposal alongside a formal application, demonstrating suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience over a sustained period.
Work and Life
An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
English Proficiency Requirements
Students must meet English Language requirements as follows:
- IELTS: Overall score 6.5, Individual score of 6.0 in all test
- PTE: 61 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills
- TOEFL: Internet based total of 90, minimum 25 writing
- ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%)
- CAE: Overall CAE of 176, Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests
ACU will consider requests for advanced standing based on prior studies to a maximum equivalence of 2 subjects (20 cp).
The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, and the technologies available for monitoring and training the high performance athlete. They will need to understand the relationships between fatigue, adaptation, performance and injury, how to acquire meaningful performance data, and how to work within the culture of a high performance industry. The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood (and/or duration) of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques of analysis to accurately interpret competition and training information, and using advanced information literacy skills to communicate ideas and outcomes to specialist and non-specialist audiences is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment. Professionals in this area also need to be equipped with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking and for pursuing further learning if they are to maintain relevance in an industry that is, by definition, fiercely competitive and constantly evolving.
The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport aims to help students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to enhance the conditioning of high performance athletes, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance, within the context of a multidisciplinary environment and its culture and leadership structures, and to do so in an ethical manner characterised by a concern for respect, equity and social justice.
The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport will provide career and industry relevant knowledge and skills. The degree is delivered online, with a single intensive on-campus component for hands-on practical experience and for networking opportunities. Its curriculum will provide knowledge and skills immediately applicable to the employment situations of the students, thereby having a focus of developing an applied skill base in each student.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are required to follow the pattern of unit enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide, unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.
For this course students are allowed to enrol in up to 4 subjects per study term. To enrol in more than 3 subjects please contact us.
To qualify for the degree, a student must complete a total of 4 subjects, comprising four of the Coursework Units below. These units are to be selected as stipulated in the Course Enrolment Guide and/or in consultation with the Course Coordinator, and must include:
Strength and Conditioning for the High Performance Athlete
Data Analysis and Interpretation for High Performance Sport.
Specified Unit Offerings include:
- Strength and Conditioning for the High Performance Athlete
- Leadership and Culture in High Performance Settings
- Data Analysis and Interpretation for High Performance Sport
- Fatigue, Recovery, Adaptation and Performance
- Sports Injury Prevention
- Performance Nutrition
Completion of 4 subjects from the Specified Units in the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport