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Sports & Exercise courses

If you are interested in massage therapy, sport and recreation management or even becoming a physical education teacher, we can help provide the starting point for your career.

We are Australia's largest provider of teaching programs in sport and exercise science. Benefit from our close links with groups such as the Victorian and Australian Institutes of Sport, Western Bulldogs, AFL and Netball Victoria. With our state-of-the-art, $68 million sport and learning precinct, you will enter a highly engaging, switched-on environment.

Gain the skills to take your advance your career you can study at TAFE, degree or postgraduate level.

Careers

Many of our graduates gain employment in the following roles:

  • physical education teacher
  • massage therapist
  • management (sport/recreation)
  • sporting coach.

1 course

Undertake an initial program in physical education and sport science and then complete an accredited masters program in secondary teaching.

Short courses 2 courses

Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Duration: 13 weeks
Foundations at VU is a fully funded 13 week course providing you an alternative pathway, if you didn't meet direct entry requirements, to reach your goal of studying a higher education undergraduate or diploma course.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 2 courses

Duration: 1 year
This course teaches you the hands on practical skills of remedial massage as well as the theoretical knowledge required to assess your clients' soft tissue dysfunction.
Duration: 1 year
Develop your skills in the sport and recreation industry gaining knowledge in project management, and facilitating and coordinating teams and groups.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 14 courses

Duration: 1 year
Extend your undergraduate degree work and attain a higher qualification that will develop your capacity for informed, conceptual thinking and your research skills.
Duration: 1 year
The Honours year provides the opportunity for you to extend your undergraduate degree work and attain a higher qualification. It will develop further
Duration: 4 years
Prepare to contribute to the latest in technical innovations in electrical and sports engineering.
Duration: 3 years
Start your career in the sport and exercise industry with a course that delivers a range of subjects across the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities areas.
Duration: 3 years
Gain the foundation knowledge and skills for entry into professional careers in exercise and sport science, rehabilitation, community fitness and health, and research.
Duration: 3 years
This course provides knowledge and skills in physical education and sport science through discipline specific studies in sport, exercise science and health.
Duration: 3 years
Develop a unique combination of skills, knowledge and expertise in sport coaching. This course has significant input from key industry bodies such as the Australian Sports Commission and National Sports Organisations.
Duration: 3 years
This course prepares students for employment in the sport, exercise and active recreation sector as administrators, managers, trainers and leaders.
Duration: 4 years
This double degree prepares you for employment in both the commercial business sector and the sport, exercise and active recreation sector.
Duration: 3 years
This specialised program leads to a variety of career options in clinical exercise science, rehabilitation, sport science or human movement.
Duration: 3 years
Gain the foundation knowledge for a professional career in the sport and exercise industry and learn key skills in physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics.
Duration: 4 years
This course delivers a balance across the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities for a career in the sport, fitness, exercise and human movement professions.
Duration: 4 years

This double degree provides you with the capabilities and understandings of human movement, and the structure, practices and participant needs of the Australian sport, exercise and active recreation sector.

Duration: 3 years
Gain the practical management and leadership skills to help young in the role of youth work. Youth work seeks to promote young peoples personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society as a whole.

Postgraduate 6 courses

Duration: 1.5 years
This course follows a research or evidence-based teaching approach regarding the scope of practice of clinical exercise physiology. You will gain experience in clinical placement in hospitals, industry and the broader community.
Duration: 1 year
The Graduate Diploma in Sport Business and Integrity addresses the dual responsibilities sport managers now have.
Duration: 1.5 years
The Master of Sport Business and Integrity addresses the pressures that contemporary sport managers face when having to deal with their core obligations.
Duration: 0.5 years
This course addresses the continuing concern about sport’s capacity to act on the positive social values it has traditionally upheld.
Duration: 0.5 years
This course provides a holistic education in the areas of sports science, coaching, strength and conditioning and management of association football (soccer).
Duration: 1.5 years
This course will provide you with a holistic education in the field of football science. It has an applied theoretical focus as well as practical experience.

Postgraduate research 6 courses

Postgraduate Research

Research postgraduate

Our Office for Research provides support to our current and future researchers, such as:

  • identify a research topic
  • find a supervisor
  • apply for research supervision or grants.
Duration: 2 years
Develop a capacity for solutions through independent research and problem analysis. You will expand and develop specialist knowledge in your chosen field of research and provide evidence of independent thought and the ability to manage a research project.
Duration: 2 years
Staff will supervise graduate research in many areas of specialisation, such as the Master of Arts, history, philosophy of sport, sociology of physical education and sport management.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Human Movement (PhD) is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
Duration: 4 years
The Doctoral degree in Sport and Recreation is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas and the major disciplines of our academic Colleges.
VU has an outstanding reputation in the sports industry and I had heard about the industry connections and opportunities that are provided for students. Cementing my current position at Basketball ACT has given me the opportunity to work within the industry that I have a passion for and put the attributes I gained during my studies into practice.
Shaun Hargreaves

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