Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning
Focus your sports career on strength and conditioning
Build your understanding of the athlete’s body and potential. You’ll study sports nutrition, testing and monitoring, and exercise physiology. Reduce injury. Increase performance. Learn from expert coaches online and face-to-face on campus.
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What you'll learn
Study the Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning and learn key aspects of strength and conditioning across different sporting industries and teams to monitor and analyse their workload, wellbeing and performance.
- Select and critically apply an evidence-based approach to strength and conditioning concepts, research and perspectives associated with current practice in high performance settings.
- Critically analyse and synthesise relevant strength and conditioning principles and concepts, scientific literature, research methodology, problems and theories, and apply this knowledge to advance training in athletic populations in a safe and effective manner.
- Strategically utilise specialised skills and advanced theoretical knowledge to analyse, evaluate and communicate strength and conditioning concepts in applied practice.
- Apply and integrate specialised skills and theoretical knowledge in the planning, design and execution and evaluation of strength and conditioning programs, concepts and methodologies for athletic populations.
- Demonstrate effective application of a range of professional skills when interacting with culturally and linguistically diverse athletic populations and professionals including behaving and communicating in an ethical, respectful, and culturally safe manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
The Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning will provide you with the skills required for a possible career as a strength and conditioning coach.
Completion of an Australian university three-year or four-year bachelor degree in the area of sport and exercise science, or equivalent, with a minimum GPA > 4.5;
Completion of an Australian university three-year or four-year bachelor degree in a relevant health-related discipline with a minimum GPA > 4.5;
Completion of a Graduate Certificate in the area of sport and exercise science, or relevant health-related discipline with a minimum GPA > 4.5;
Completion of USQ's Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning with a GPA > 4.5.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Graduate Diploma of Sport and Exercise program, applicants are required to meet the Category 4 English Language Proficiency requirements.
On campus requirements
Students are required to attend mandatory residential schools on the Ipswich campus.
Credit for previous study or work
Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.
Study the Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning and learn key aspects of strength and conditioning across different sporting industries and teams to monitor and analyse their workload, wellbeing and performance. Develop a greater understanding of various strength and conditioning activities to improve athletic performance and study injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for athletes, as well as sports nutrition and supplementation for health and performance. Offered online, with a number of face-to-face residential school courses at UniSQ Ipswich, this degree provides flexibility to suit your work and life commitments. Further study pathway includes the Master of Strength and Conditioning.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Year 1 - Semester 1
SES5100 Fundamental Principles of Strength and Conditioning
SES5101 Athlete Testing and Monitoring in Sport
SES5102 Sports Nutrition and Supplementation for Health and Performance
SES5103 Communication Leadership and Negotiation in Sport
Year 1 - Semester 2
SES5104 Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning
SES5105 Technology and Data Science in Strength and Conditioning
SES5106 Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation for Athletes
SES5107 Physiological Aspects of Strength and Conditioning
Completion of eight units as outline in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
- Upon completion of the appropriate four units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise.