Diploma of Sports Coaching and Development

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.


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

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

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

For more information, visit the course website.

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