Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching


The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching is an online, flexible learning qualification that enables students to fit Sport Coaching studies around their busy professional and personal lives.

The GradCertSpC will provide practising coaches and those employed in the sports industry the opportunity to develop their professional coaching skills. The GradCertSpC is also available to students who are not currently employed in the industry, but wish to develop skills and competencies to gain employment in performance Sport Coaching contexts.

The programme offers:

  • a unique professional certificate that can be completed in a short timeframe
  • strong practical element
  • leads to a range of careers in Sport Coaching and related fields
  • flexible learning option, allowing distance study.

Entry requirements

Graduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching must have one of the following:

  • completed an approved bachelor's degree or equivalent, or
  • satisfied the Dean of Education that, based on relevant post-secondary study and work experience, they are suitably qualified for entry to the qualification.

Approval of entry based on post-secondary study and work experience would be likely to include a minimum of five years of sport-related work experience and accompanying industry qualifications (for example NZRU Advanced Coaching Course Certificate, NZ Football Senior Level 2 Coaching Certificate or Advanced Youth Coaching Certificate). Approval for course entry in this instance would be determined by a Selection Committee from the School of Sport and Physical Education.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching you must pass courses with a total value of at least 60 points, of which at least 45 points must be at 300-level or above. 

You may enrol full-time or part-time according to your interests and needs. Usually takes 12 months full-time, or up to three years part-time.

Flexible learning option

The Certificate is offered as an online, flexible learning option. By enrolling in the GradCertSpC flexible learning courses you will be supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, slides, video tutorials and other electronic media.

Subjects and courses

The qualification is a unique blend of practical application and theory which immerses you in the sociological, pedagogical and scientific aspects of sport and sport coaching. Theory and practice are linked through the completion of the practicum course where you can select a performance sport coaching context according to your interests and areas of specialisation.

You will complete three compulsory 15-point courses, and one further 15-point course from the 200 or 300-level SPCO courses in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching Schedule C.

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching.

How to apply

You can apply online at MyUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC has students engaged in postgraduate Sport Coaching research at master's and PhD level (under the ambit of Education).

Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching will develop your knowledge and expertise in contemporary sport coaching skills and also gives you the chance to develop leadership and planning, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, rehabilitation and reconditioning, and nutrition skills.

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching.

For study planning help contact the School of Health Sciences or the College of Education, Health and Human Development:

College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email educationadvice@canterbury.ac.nz