The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) is a 108-unit program for which 72 units of block credit is automatically granted on the basis of completion of a prior bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification. The graduate entry Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) normally requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time. It is offered by the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

The stream undertaken by the student will be identified on the student’s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. The Faculty Board may, however, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with:

  • knowledge of the nature of sport development and administration in Australia
  • knowledge of training principles and periodisation to assist in strength and conditioning program design
  • an understanding of the theoretical framework of Resistance Training in the context of Strength, Power, Hypertrophy and Muscular Endurance
  • an understanding of the principles of sport coaching
  • knowledge of field based physiological testing from a theoretical and practical perspective
  • the ability to prescribe exercise as a result of testing, and examine the importance of physiological testing, and how it can be best utilised in the field
  • the knowledge and ability to investigate the physiological demands of various sports and how athletes physiological functioning can be improved using principles of strength and conditioning
  • an understanding of how skills in sport are acquired and can be improved to enhance performance
  • the opportunity to investigate a further area of interest relevant to sport performance (skill acquisition, biomechanics or psychology).

The course also aims to provide students with:

  • a sound basis of knowledge in their chosen area of study
  • the ability to apply the knowledge they have acquired
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways
  • the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • the skills to connect across geographical, disciplinary, social and cultural boundaries
  • an understanding of the value of ethical behaviour.

Learning outcomes 

On the completion of the Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching), students are expected to be able to:

  • analyse and review critically the nature of sport development and administration in Australia
  • demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical framework for training principles, periodisation and exercise selection in the context of program design
  • utilise appropriate programming that targets Strength, Power, Hypertrophy and Muscular Endurance
  • apply the principles of sport coaching
  • evaluate existing resistance programs and make modifications if required
  • explain the link between movement analysis of a chosen sport and the need to perform physiological testing
  • demonstrate knowledge of how physiological testing fits into the annual plan of strength and conditioning coaches
  • implement and interpret the results of a variety of field based physiological tests
  • prescribe exercise as a result of field based physiological testing
  • design a strength and conditioning program for a chosen team or individual
  • identify the physiological demands of various sports and apply principles of strength and conditioning to improve athletes physiological functioning
  • demonstrate knowledge of how skills in sport are acquired and can be improved to enhance performance
  • demonstrate knowledge of a further area of interest relevant to sport performance (skill acquisition, biomechanics or psychology).

Students will also be expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles of their chosen discipline, and as a pathway to lifelong learning
  • initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship, and the ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
  • skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and present a clear exposition of knowledge and ideas
  • critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
  • application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability and in collaboration with others.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching), a student must complete the required program of study for his/her other bachelor degree, and 36 units according to the program of study set out below, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Stream - Sports Performance Coaching

36 units comprising:

HLPE1550 Introduction to Sport and Physical Activity (4.5 units)
HLPE2301 Strength and Conditioning Coaching1: Resistance Training (4.5 units)
HLPE2402 Strength and Conditioning Coaching2: Physiological Testing (4.5 units)
HLPE3551 Strength and Conditioning Coaching3: Resistance Training Practicum (4.5 units)
HLPE3552 Strength and Conditioning Coaching4: Current Trends in Strength and Conditioning (4.5 units)
HLPE3601 Strength and Conditioning Coaching5: Sport Coaching Science (4.5 units)

Plus one of:
HLPE2300 Psychology of Sport Participation and Performance (4.5 units)
HLPE3531 Skill Acquisition and Biomechanics for Physical Educators (4.5 units)

Plus one of:
HLPE2531 Sport and Physical Education (4.5 units)
HLPE3533 Applied Exercise Science (4.5 units)