Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program is designed to suit a postgraduate clientele already in the workforce, as well as graduating students. The course provides flexible learning pathways that can accommodate: professional employment commitments; domestic or international students; full-time or part-time enrolments; future study. To meet these objectives, the primary feature is that the majority of the course is delivered online. A suite of coursework subjects focus on the preparation and performance of high performance athletes, including technological advances for athlete monitoring, advanced principles of strength and conditioning, and analysis of performance measures. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foci built into the curriculum will bring together current and new knowledge from a range of professions within the industry. 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 will be essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.

Course Fee:

Australian: $9,368

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree or higher in Exercise Science, Sports Science, Human Movement or a related discipline; or a Bachelor degree or higher in a related allied health discipline plus evidence of substantial relevant industry experience


40 Credit Points. The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport is designed as a program of structured learning that includes relevant professional practice-related learning.

Subjects you can Study:

High performance sport

Study Pathways:

The degree is designed as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport and the Master of High Performance Sport.

Further information:

The high performance sport industry provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, employment opportunities exist in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These 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. Professionals need to know about: testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, and the technologies available for monitoring and training high performance athletes; understand 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.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Sports Administrator, Sports Coach,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 0.5 year
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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