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Carlton College of Sport


The Carlton Football Club and La Trobe established their partnership in 2016 with a mutual commitment to enhance education and community outcomes in Melbourne’s North and give La Trobe students the opportunity to benefit from exclusive work placements across the Club.

In 2019, the Carlton College of Sport was established to give greater opportunity to study a range of diploma level sports qualifications in an elite sporting environment, with a pathway to enrol into the University’s degree courses upon successful completion.










study at ikon park

With campus located at IKON Park, the home of the Carlton Football Club, students have the opportunity to interact with staff, coaches and players from the Club on a daily basis, developing their all-important professional networks.

Students in each diploma will complete100 hours of placement within the Carlton Football Club and with industry partners, broadening their experience within sport and further enhancing employment opportunities. Guest lectures are held regularly throughout the semester where students hear from a range of industry professionals from all levels, allowing detailed insight into the variety of pathway opportunities into the sports industry.

how do we operate?

The Carlton College of Sport currently offers two courses, the Diploma of Sport Coaching and Development and the Diploma of Elite Sport Business, that are accelerator pathways into further tertiary study. The course content is delivered by La Trobe University staff at a teaching space at the Carlton Football Club, effectively making the Club a campus of La Trobe University.

Both diplomas are delivered in person across 3 days a week (2 days at Ikon Park, home of the Carlton Football Club, and 1 day at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus) across 1 year of full time study. In addition to academics students also undertake a minimum of 100 hours practical placement delivered by Carlton to enhance their learning experience and ensure they have job ready CV’s by the time they graduate the program.

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