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Graduate Certificate in  Sports Coaching

Program code: 5444

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1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching will deepen your understanding of the foundations of quality coaching practice and develop your skills in shaping athletic performance.

  • This six-month program is designed for coaches who are accredited through the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme. Depending on your experience, you may also need a degree – see Program Details for entry requirements.
  • Broaden your understanding of coaching and the coaching environment. You will reflect on your own coaching experience and develop your awareness of what coaching is, how coaching can shape athletic performance, and more.
  • Tailor your courses to suit your interests or goals. You can choose from a wide range of electives, from sport sciences and athletic performance to sport psychology and advanced coaching practices.
  • Benefit from a program shaped by elite coaches, expert academics, and world leading researchers. This unique and engaging program offers the latest and most innovative theory and practice in sports coaching.

As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching you'll be prepared to move into more advanced coaching roles with athletes and sporting teams.

  • Fast Facts

    Research and teaching excellence

    UQ has been educating students of human movement since 1941 and is one of Australia's leading centres for teaching and research. In the 2015 ERA Outcomes, our School’s research performance in the field of human movement science received the highest possible ranking.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Flexible study options

    This program is available on an external basis. Coursework is delivered in online study modules and discussions, and several courses use practical, work-based learning approaches that encourage you to critically reflect on your coaching practice.

  • Why study

    Australia's longest-running coaching programs

    UQ's Sports Coaching Programs have been offered since the early 2000s, and are now the most recognisable coaching programs in the country and one of the leaders globally. Many of our graduates have gone on to work with professional and Olympic sports domestically and internationally.

  • Fast Facts

    Renowned reputation

    UQ's School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is ranked in the world's top five for sport and exercise science by three major international rankings (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018, Shanghai World Rankings 2017 and CEOWORLD Magazine 2018).

Career outcomes

Graduates of the this program are well placed to move into higher level coaching roles with athletes and sporting teams, typically working in roles such as:

  • assistant coach
  • head coach
  • sports development coordinator
  • coach educator.

Other graduates choose to continue their studies and enrol in the Master of Sports Coaching program, which offers a more advanced study plan and graduate opportunities in high-performance coaching.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


A bachelor degree or approved post-secondary study in a different discipline and relevant work experience in coaching; OR extensive work experience in coaching as per program rules.

Please note, duration of program is dependent on course availability.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,600
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching is 5444. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

All of the Sports Coaching courses are offered externally and require internet access.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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