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.
To enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching you must have one of the following:
- completed an approved bachelor's degree, or equivalent, or
- satisfactory evidence that, based on relevant post-secondary school study and work experience, you are suitably qualified for entry.
Approval of entry based on post-secondary school 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 Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching or use the admission requirements checker.
One or more courses or research may require vaccination
The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. At UC, our programmes are strongly connected to our communities of practice. For many of our programmes, you will not be able to complete research or practice-oriented courses if you are not vaccinated. This is due to research/practice taking place in health centres and schools/kura where all employees and volunteers are required to be vaccinated.
For these courses you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.
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, including a practical placement.
You may enrol full-time or part-time according to your interests and needs. Usually the Certificate takes 6 months full-time, or up to 3 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.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,282|
|2022||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,194|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$14,400||$12,522|
|2023||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$15,000||$13,043|
See more information about our Sport Coaching programmes.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching.
For study planning help, contact our Student Advisor team.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health.