University of Technology Sydney

C11267v1 Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport (GCHPSport)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online, with optional face-to-face teaching at Moore park every teaching session for domestic students only


International students can study this course in online mode only and thus are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport is designed for students from diverse backgrounds and delivered using flexible learning methods suitable for working professionals, domestic students and international students. The course structure enables full-time or part-time study where students can commence in either Autumn or Spring session to complete four subjects. This nested course structure provides a solid grounding of the knowledge and skills required in any high performance sport career whilst offering the opportunity to advance and tailor knowledge and skills development at an advanced level. The course is developed and delivered in collaboration with industry experts from the field, with each subject comprising of a mix of theory and evidence-based practice. Research-inspired course content is delivered by world-leading academics and industry partners, which allows students to apply an advanced level of knowledge and understanding to a range of areas that meets the diverse needs of the high performance sport industry. Graduates enter the workforce as effective professionals capable of leading, managing and inspiring in the field.

In the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport, students may undertake a professional internship with an organisation in the sport industry. This allows students to apply their knowledge, develop professionally and network with industry partners. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and test these in real world environments with practical relevance. Current workplace employment may also be considered for supplemental credit towards this internship.

Staff are highly respected globally in the field of sport and exercise science, health and human performance with extensive links to industry both locally and internationally. Their work focuses on collaborating with coaches to enhance athlete welfare and highlights the relationships between physical exercise and optimal performance, health and wellbeing in a range of diverse populations. Unique characteristics of the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport include its flexible curriculum, ability to commence in either Autumn or Spring session, exposure to world-leaders in high performance sport and content suited to student-specific learning goals that meet the extensive requirements of industry.

Subjects are delivered online, and students are able to contextualise their learning to their local industry and community needs as well as experience expertise from world leading sport performance professionals. As subjects are delivered online, there is no requirement for international students to leave their home country.

Domestic students also have access to the UTS Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation building at the Moore Park Precinct, where students are supported by world-class infrastructure and state of the art research laboratories alongside several leading sporting organisations. This location provides a unique environment and access to teams and athletic organisations who can also offer students practical placements and internship opportunities.

Overall, this course ensures graduates are prepared both theoretically and practically to succeed in a competitive, dynamic, and global environment to enable athletes and teams achieve lasting success.

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport course aims to produce graduates that:

  • Are effective, collaborative and responsive professionals capable of leading, managing and inspiring in the field of high performance sport.
  • Exhibit reflective critical thinking to optimise decision making and enable positive change through creative, effective and evidence-based solutions.
  • Take personal, social and ethical responsibility for their contribution to sport, exercise and health by demonstrating professional sports science practice including ethical considerations, legislated requirements and the service delivery setting.
  • Acquire knowledge of methods to increase performance and reduce injury, and apply a detailed process of planning to deliver high-quality sports performance services and optimised health outcomes for users.
  • Demonstrate professional relationships, effective and sensitive communication techniques, teamwork and engagement with key stakeholders in a multidisciplinary and diverse high performance sport environment.
  • Demonstrate professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Career options

The Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport degree is designed for those seeking to work at an advanced level in high performance sport, in a variety of settings. Graduates plan, deliver and analyse strategic approaches for elite athletes and coaches, aiming to enhance performance and reduce injury. Throughout the course, students develop skills in critical thinking to optimise holistic decision making and enable positive change through creative, effective and evidence-based solutions.

Career options include practitioner roles (eg sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach, performance analyst, high-performance manager) in a variety of sport settings (eg professional sporting organisations, national and international performance institutes, schools, university research institutions, government and non-government funded sporting programs).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Lead advancements in delivering guided athlete care across sport populations and program settings within high performance sport environments.
1.2 Encourage and guide service users towards positive and sustainable sport, exercise and health outcomes.
2.1 Critically appraise evidence relevant to high performance sport practice from a variety of sources to develop evidence-based solutions.
2.2 Solve problems by applying standard methodologies of sport, exercise and health interventions; and the ability to document decisions appropriately.
3.1 Demonstrate sound judgement, legal responsibility and ethical accountability to practise within the ethical boundaries of high performance sport professions and in accordance with professional practice, governance and privacy obligations to uphold ethical practice and the values of sporting excellence, fairness and athlete safety and wellbeing.
4.1 Apply knowledge and technical and non-technical skills within sport, exercise and health professions to contribute to the safe development of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
4.2 Integrate expertise and evidence to determine the validity and reliability of a range of methodologies, tools and techniques and employ those relevant to high performance sport practice.
5.1 Collaborate with key stakeholders to design, deliver and interpret safe, effective and evidence-based high performance sports interventions for service users in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner.
5.2 Communicate with key stakeholders in industry contexts to create positive and professional relationships in a high performance sport environment.
6.1 Practise sensitively and to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders in diverse social and cultural settings, and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree but who have extensive relevant work experience may be considered eligible.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a half-year, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points,

Course completion requirements

CBK91809 High Performance Sport Electives 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

Students are able to enrol in this course on a full-time or part-time basis as long as the course is completed within UTS timeframes. There is no particular subject enrolment order: students should select subjects that interest them.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
96301 High Performance Science 6cp  
96302 High Performance Coaching 6cp  
96303 Conditioning the High Performance Athlete 6cp  
96313 Performance and Culture in High Performance Sport 6cp  
96309 Performance Analysis and Data Science 6cp  
96310 Leading and Managing in High Performance Sport 6cp  
96311 Developing and Managing Talented and Expert Performers 6cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
96305 Injury Prevention and Management in High Performance Sport 6cp  
96306 Recovery and Nutrition for High Performance Sport 6cp  
96307 Fundamentals of Science and Applied Research in High-Performance Sport 6cp  
96343 Professional Mentorship in High Performance Sport 6cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program made up of the Graduate Certificate in High Performance Sport (C11267), the Graduate Diploma in High Performance Sport (C07130), and the Master of High Performance Sport (C04362).

Other information

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS Health

Blake McLean
Course coordinator