Academy of Sport UQ

Do you want a career in the business of Sport?

Kick start your career in sport with a Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612) from BCA National Academy of Sport. This program offers the rare opportunity to really turn your passion for sport into a meaningful career. We understand what it takes to build successful teams and successful sporting organisations, so let us show you how.


Study at our University of Queensland Campus!

Experience life on campus at one of Australia’s finest universities. Our campus at the University of Queensland is the perfect place to study and get fit.  Home to state-of-the-art facilities, including: playing fields, running track; swimming pools; hockey pitch and more. There are also quiet fully equipped classrooms and lecture theatres where you will study and learn. There are plenty of eateries and coffee shops to keep you fed and hydrated at break times.


Not sure what area you want to work in?

The Diploma of Sport Development gives you a wonderful overview of the sporting industry, including Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Administration and Exercise Science. There are 20 different units dedicated to giving you exposure to a range of topics. You’ll get to taste all aspects of the sporting landscape before you start deciding which area appeals to you. There are great pathways into a wide range of jobs, but also recognition of your diploma for further study at university. Meet our team and see what we do.


Who will benefit from the Diploma of Sport Development (SIS50612)?

  • School leavers and gap students looking to gain an insight into the sport sector

  • Athletes looking for an additional career pathway or avenue post/during professional career

  • Those looking for a new career that fits their love of sport

  • Coaches, trainers, referees and other professionals looking to gain a qualification and accreditation to formally recognise their skills

  • Young sports leaders wanting to take the next step towards working in sport


Study with an award winning provider 

BCA National were named NSW Large Training Provider of the Year 2017. Guess what…we are a finalist again in 2018! We're dedicated to making sure our students get the help and support they need to reach their goals, and we're proud to have been recognised for the work we put into getting great results.  With us on your side, you can be sure that you'll have everything you need to succeed!


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Study mode:

Face-to-Face or Online* - Choose the way you want to study that best suits your lifestyle






University of Queensland Campus: College Rd, St Lucia QLD Map

Football QLD Campus: Meakin Park, Slacks Creek QLD Map

Gold Coast Campus: Sports Super Centre, Sports Dr, Runaway Bay QLD Map

*Online students will participate in practical workshops throughout the year at various locations throughout QLD

Study Load:

12 months (3 days per week; Monday - Wednesday)

Start Date

Start any time

Start Date

29th January 2019


We assess you in many different ways including: practical observations, real life case studies, short and long answer questions, project work and where applicable on the job assessment.

Payment options:

Payment Plan – great options to spread the payments over the life of the course.

VET Students Loans – may be available to assist you to pay for the cost of the course (see here for details).


Tuition Fee = $11,000, see our Schedule of Fees here and 
Refund Policy here


Nil - unless accessing VET Student Loans, see here


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Terms and Conditions

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To be awarded the SIS50612 - Diploma of Sport
Development, a student must successfully complete
a total of 20 units of competency

·        11 core units and

·        9 elective units


What is a Unit of Competency?

A Unit of Competency (UOC) is a subject area. You will need to attend a series of practical workshops, lectures and tutorials for each UOC that will give you the necessary skills and knowledge needed in that particular area. You will need to satisfactorily complete an assessment for each UOC.

Core Units

SISSSCO306 - Provide drugs in sport information

Provide information about performance enhancing and prohibited drugs to athletes and implement strategies to assist athletes to effectively address those issues according to legislative and sport-specific regulations.

SISSSCO307 - Provide nutrition information to athletes

Enable coaches to provide information to support their athletes to apply the principles and practices of nutrition to achieve peak performance in the relevant sporting activity.

SISSSCO308 - Support athletes to adopt principles of sports psychology

Enable coaches to support their athletes to apply the principles of sports psychology to their specific sporting activity. It focuses on assisting athletes to implement and evaluate psychological approaches to optimise their sporting performance.

BSBADM502B - Manage meetings

Manage a range of meetings including overseeing the meeting preparation processes, chairing meetings, organising the minutes and reporting meeting outcomes.

ICAICT308A - Use advanced features of computer applications

Use computer applications employing advanced features. It involves manipulating data and accessing support resources to solve routine problems.

SISXCCS403A - Determine needs of client populations

Gather, analyse and interpret data to plan and evaluate client service relationships and develop methods of improvement.

SISXIND404A - Promote compliance with laws and legal principles

Apply legislation relevant to organisation operations. The unit focuses on analysis and interpretation of relevant legislation to inform the review of current organisation systems to determine compliance with legal obligations and promote the modification or development and implementation of systems to promote organisation compliance.

SISXIND406A - Manage projects

Scope, implement, monitor and evaluate project-management plans and outcomes in specific activity areas, ensuring all resources are available to achieve project goals and that the project complies with legislative and organisational requirements.

SISXRSK502A - Manage organisational risks

Develop, implement and evaluate a risk-management program for an organisation. You will assess risks, including potential risks facing the organisation, and develop strategies and procedures to mitigate risk situations.

SISXWHS402 - Implement and monitor work health and safety policies

Implement work health and safety policies, procedures and programs within the context of an existing organisational WHS system.

Mainstream elective units:

SISSSCO411 - Apply self-management to intermediate level coaching

This unit focuses on the ability to apply self-reflection techniques and plan and implement a professional development plan.

SISSSCO409 - Work collaboratively with support personnel

Consult with others to develop and maintain an effective working relationship in relation to sporting activities or competition.

SISSSTC402A - Develop strength and conditioning programs

Develop, implement and evaluate a strength and conditioning program. It focuses on the skills needed to develop a program which meets the needs of individual athletes or groups of athletes according to their sport-specific needs or those undertaking fitness programs to achieve personal fitness goals.

SISSSCO101 - Develop and update knowledge of coaching practices

Develop and update information on coaching, including the legal and ethical issues that must be considered by coaches. The unit focuses on the ability to source and comprehend general principles of coaching as well as National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport specific requirements and covers the initial and ongoing development of a person's required knowledge base. 

Note, this unit does not cover the technical requirements related to coaching in a particular sport. These are covered in other units.

SISSSCO513 - Plan and implement high performance training and recovery programs

Apply sport-specific knowledge to implement a high-performance training program designed to refine the skills and performance of individuals participating at a high level.

BSBFIM501 -  Manage Budgets and Financial Plans

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake financial management within a work team in an organisation. It includes planning and implementing financial management approaches, supporting team members whose role involves aspects of financial operations, monitoring and controlling finances and reviewing and evaluating effectiveness of financial management processes.

SISSSCO512  - Assist athletes to prevent and manage injury and illness

This unit describes the performance outcomes skills and knowledge required enable coaches to assist their athletes with injury prevention and provide strategies to deal with illness and injury. 

SISSSCO303 - Plan and Deliver Coaching programs

The unit focuses on the application of planning and organisational skills to determine developmental activities and delivery methods according to sports participants needs.

SITEEVT010 - Manage on-site event operations

Manage on-site operational activities for an event you will stage. It requires the ability to finalise operational plans, oversee event set-up, execution and break-down, and evaluate the operational success of events. This unit is relevant to events that are diverse in nature and are coordinated in many industry contexts, including the tourism, hospitality, sport, cultural and community sectors.   It applies to event coordinators and managers as well as venue duty, front of house and operations managers who operate independently, and are responsible for operational decisions. They may work in event management companies, in event venues, or in organisations that organise their own events.

There is an increasing number of exciting opportunities available to those looking to build a successful career in the sport and recreational industry within Australia.

Students successfully graduating from this qualification can expect to transition smoothly into employment into roles such as:

  • competition manager
  • program development coordinator
  • sport coach
  • talent development officer
  • sport development officer
  • sport venues and facilities manager 
  • sport administrator
  • program staff and managers at sport and recreation centres and resorts
  • sporting event manager/coordinator
  • sport marketing and media officer



University of Queensland Campus: College Rd, St Lucia QLD Map

Football QLD Campus: Meakin Park, Slacks Creek QLD Map

Gold Coast Campus: Sports Super Centre, Sports Dr, Runaway Bay QLD Map

Online students will participate in practical workshops throughout the year at various locations throughout QLD


Phone Us:

For more information, please contact us on 1300 665 843.