About Us

The Carlton College of Sport, established in 2019 as a partnership between La Trobe University and the Carlton Football Club, offers a unique tertiary program that provides the ultimate learning experience in a high-performance environment with professional athletes, coaches and mentors.

Our aim is to give students a high-quality tertiary education combined with practical experience and networking opportunities that lead to real-world outcomes. Upon completion of their studies, students can choose to continue their tertiary education or use their qualification to enter the workforce.



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.

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.

our students

Jack's Journey

For me, I always knew that I wanted to work within an elite sporting organisation as this had been my dream from the age of six. But the question still remained: ‘how do I get there and what part of the industry is best for me?’

Rose's Reflection

Earlier in the year, I wrote a brief post about my experience at the Carlton College of Sport so far. Now that I’ve officially reached the halfway mark of the course, I can attempt to answer the question I get asked daily: ‘What do you actually do there..?’

Bray's Journey

It’s amusing to think that when you finish school, you think you know exactly what it is you want to do with your life and where you want to go, and then you turn 25 and you’re nowhere near where you thought you would end up, or where you wanted to be…