course
structure

The Diploma of Sports Coaching and Development is a one-year full-time program, studied in English, requiring successful completion of 120 credit points of core subjects. It is classified as a Level 5 qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The program, comprising eight core subjects, is a mixture of sports and exercise science, sport coaching, talent identification, game development, sport management and marketing, human physiology and anatomy subjects.

The course is delivered at Ikon Park, the home of the Carlton Football Club (6 subjects) and the Melbourne campus of La Trobe University at Bundoora (2 subjects) as part of the Carlton College of Sport.

Students will undertake 4 subjects of study each semester and will involve approximately 12 to 16 hours of class time or club-related activity per week, usually spread over 3 days per week. Students enrolled in the Diploma program will also be undertaking a non-academic sport program (strength and conditioning, nutrition, other sport-related activities) with the Carlton Football Club.

Subjects that all students are required to complete include:

  • HBS1HBA (Human Biosciences A)
  • HBS1HBB (Human Biosciences B)
  • SPE1FSA (Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science Practice A)
  • SPE1GSC (General Principles of Sport Coaching)
  • SPE1FSB (Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science Practice B)
  • SPE1TID (Talent Identification and Game Development)
  • MGT1ISM (Sport Management)
  • MGT1SMK (Sport Marketing)

The course is targeted toward Year 12 school leavers or individuals with some entry level experience in the sport and recreation industry seeking to gain their first formal qualification in sport coaching and development. The course is only available to Australian domestic students.

This course is suited to students from various backgrounds who are passionate about sport and working in the sports industry.

course
outcomes

The one-year Diploma of Sports Coaching and Development prepares graduates for a career in sports coaching and sport development. Graduates will develop foundation skills and knowledge in sports development, sport management and coaching, including talent identification and game development.

On successful completion of this course, graduates are eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Development at La Trobe University with advanced standing (credit) for the first year.

Graduates of the Diploma course may be eligible for entry to a range of other degree programs at La Trobe University, such as Sport and Exercise Science, and a number of Allied Health and Sport Management courses.

Application and
admission process

Applicants are required to apply for admission to this course directly with La Trobe University.

Essential requirements

Essential requirements are compulsory requirements that apply to all applicants. These requirements need to be read in conjunction with applicant specific admission criteria.

Carlton College of Sport | Essential requirements for selection and application
All applicants must have been offered a place or accepted into the Carlton College of Sport.

Essential requirements for enrolment or graduation

Police Record Check
Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. For more information see Victoria Police’s National Police Record Check webpage.

Working with Children Check
Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information, see the Working with Children Check website.

First Aid / CPR Certificate
First Aid and/or CPR certification is required to meet the professional requirements of the diploma. Further information will be provided post enrolment.

This course is not available for application through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

Fees and costs

Course Fees
$19,500 per 120 credit points (Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year).
This course is categorised as an Employer Reserved Place and therefore falls under FEE-HELP, not HECS-HELP. The Australian Government does not subsidise Employer Reserved Places. Instead, it provides access to the FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist eligible fee paying students with paying their tuition fees.

For more information, please see Paragraph 36-15 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Other costs

  • Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) — AUD$45 (annually)
  • Working with Children Check (no cost)
  • A First Aid and CPR certificate (AUD$110). The CPR component must be renewed annually and the First Aid component must be renewed every three years. Please note that this course is not conducted by La Trobe University.
  • Some outreach activities associated with the Carlton College of Sport program may incur costs, and these will vary depending on location.
Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last two years)

Prerequisite

VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Admission criteria

ATAR
This course may use the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Entire Academic Record
Compulsory: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Personal Statement
Compulsory: All applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. The Personal Statement must address the stated criteria.

Selection rank adjustments
Special Access Schemes
Adjustment factors (i.e., bonus points), such as those through Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS), do not apply for this course.

Applicants with higher education study

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Admission criteria

Entire Academic Record
Compulsory: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Personal Statement
Compulsory: All applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. The Personal Statement must address the stated criteria.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Applicants who do not satisfy the stated prerequisites, or have not undertaken Higher Education studies within the last ten years, or do not meet the course requirements through the Work Recognition Program must sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Refer to the Admissions Tests page for further information.

Work Recognition Program
Applicants seeking consideration via La Trobe University’s Work Recognition Program must complete all requirements listed on the program’s webpage and submit a Personal Statement, including relevant work experience and reasons for applying for this course. For detailed information regarding this program’s requirements, refer to the University’s Work Recognition Program webpage.

Applicants with work and life experience

Prerequisite

Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.

Admission criteria

Entire Academic Record
Compulsory: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Personal Statement

Compulsory: All applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. The Personal Statement must address the stated criteria.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Applicants who do not satisfy the stated prerequisites, or have not undertaken VET studies at Certificate IV level or above within the last five years, or do not meet the course requirements through the Work Recognition Program must sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Refer to the Admissions Tests page for further information.

Work Recognition Program
Applicants seeking consideration via La Trobe University’s Work Recognition Program must complete all requirements listed on the program’s webpage and submit a Personal Statement, including relevant work experience and reasons for applying for this course. For detailed information regarding this program’s requirements, refer to the University’s Work Recognition Program webpage.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Prerequisite

Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.

Admission criteria

Entire Academic Record
Compulsory: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Personal Statement

Compulsory: All applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement in support of their application. The Personal Statement must address the stated criteria.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
Applicants who do not satisfy the stated prerequisites, or have not undertaken VET studies at Certificate IV level or above within the last five years, or do not meet the course requirements through the Work Recognition Program must sit the STAT Multiple Choice. Refer to the Admissions Tests page for further information.

Work Recognition Program
Applicants seeking consideration via La Trobe University’s Work Recognition Program must complete all requirements listed on the program’s webpage and submit a Personal Statement, including relevant work experience and reasons for applying for this course. For detailed information regarding this program’s requirements, refer to the University’s Work Recognition Program webpage.

Personal statement

Applicants are required to provide a Personal Statement which is available through the online application system. Your personal statement must provide the following:

  1. A brief summary (no more than 100 words) of your motives to undertake this course and program.
    Why do you want to complete this course and program?
  2. A brief summary (no more than 100 words) of your experiences in sport.
  3. A brief summary (no more than 100 words) of how your previous experiences align with the Carlton College of Sport’s values of Respect and Equality, Dedication, High Performance, and Integrity.

Students are expected to model the Carlton College of Sport values:

  • Respect and Equality
  • Dedication
  • High Performance
  • Integrity

You are encouraged to visit the La Trobe University website for more detailed information about the Diploma of Sports Coaching and Development.

If you have any questions about your application for this course, please contact Future Students at La Trobe 1300 135 045.

Places are limited

Applications will be approved within 48 hours.