Performance Analysis


Bachelor of Sport Coaching

Performance Analysis


The Performance Analysis major is one of five majors of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree (BSpC), which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory and practice of sport and sport coaching.

Performance Analysis is about collating real data to provide accurate information about performance and forecasting of future results. As well as collating statistics, students are taught to gather performance data, analyse and identify significant patterns, eg, decipher a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), to understand the strengths of your own athletes as well as those of your competitor. 

They will learn to communicate this data effectively, in the form of written and verbal reports to managers, athletes and coaches. Students will then be able to support and advise on the analysis of skill performance in team and individual settings, using a range of equipment and analytical tools.

Why study Performance Analysis at UC?

  • There is an opportunity for an internship organised by students according to their area of specialisation. It involves working in a professional sporting organisation learning about management structures, organising events and participating in other activities.
  • Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year will help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and provide the motivation to seek the job they want.
  • Students experience coaching practice with clubs and schools in the community.
  • The degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education, outdoor education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.
  • Students will have the opportunity to complete internationally recognized Level 1 and Level 2 performance analysis software accreditation as part of their studies.
  • All sport coaching courses are open to students from other degrees and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree at UC.

Applicants under 20 must have University Entrance. Applicants over 20 must provide evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully.


This BSpC requires 360 points of courses in total, including compulsory Sport Coaching courses and 120 points towards the Performance Analysis major. For up-to-date course information, see the Regulations to the Bachelor of Sport Coaching.

100-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus this course specific to Performance Analysis:

200-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Performance Analysis:

300-level courses

The following compulsory courses are taken by all Sport Coaching students:

Plus these courses specific to Performance Analysis:

Double majors

Double majors may be completed in any combination of the Majors of the BSpC. For any double major combination, SPCO320 Internship must be in one or more of the major areas. In the case of a double major in Performance Analysis and Leadership, where the course SPCO210 Practicum 2 is common to both majors, an additional course in either SPCO224 Sport Management or SPCO223 Applied Sport Psychology is required.


Peformance Analysis may also be taken as a minor subject and enables students wishing to study towards a different major, to gain expertise and recognition in the area of performance analysis.

Career opportunities

The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, not just in sport and related fields but also in business and corporate management. Rewarding careers can be gained in professional and community sport coaching, administration and strategic management, as well as coach and athlete development.

Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become sports coaches, performance analysts, personal trainers, policy analysts, health advisors, teachers, managers in various organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors, and community development officers.

More information

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