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.
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.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching or use the admission requirements checker.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry 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 and Health Sciences 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.
How to apply
You can apply online at MyUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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 six months full-time, or up to three years part-time.
Distance study option
The Certificate offers the three compulsory courses as either online distance study or on-campus. If you would like all of your courses to be studied by distance, please ensure your optional course choice is also available by distance. By enrolling in the GradCertSpC distance courses you will be supported through online resources, discussion forums, recorded lectures, slides, video tutorials and other electronic media.
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 200 or 300-level Sport Coaching courses.
- SPCO 301 Sport Coaching and Leadership
- SPCO 302 Athlete-Centred Coaching 2
- SPCO 310 Practicum 3
- One course at 200 or 300-level from SPCO courses
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
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