The Higher Education Diploma of Sport Development is an AQF 5 entry level qualification that provides learners with a solid foundation in the theoretical and practical skills necessary to work effectively in the health, sport and leisure sector. Taught by experienced industry professionals, who are leaders in the field, the course outcomes enable students to develop essential skills required for gaining employment, securing career progression, or progressing to further qualifications and training required to achieve their goals in the industry.Torrens University Australia prides itself on being able to meet the needs of those looking to upgrade their skills or move in a different career direction. Our flexible study options and lecturer facilitated online learning platform means that you can study when it suits you best and still receive real-time support from our experienced academic team. The curriculum is designed to be delivered online and hence the students will be learning about health and wellbeing while immersed in an interactive online experience.

The course has been structured to allow learners maximum flexibility in subjects, so that particular interests and career aspirations within the sport and leisure sector can be realised within the unit combinations. The assessment approach for the qualification allows learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the assessment criteria. Assessments are mapped to specific industry relevant learning outcomes and may include a range of activities including workplace assessment, role play, problem based case studies, presentations, written tasks, quizzes and project work. Learners will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and achievement, taking into account industry standards for behaviour and performance.

As an important part of the course, learners gain genuine hands on experience within the sport and leisure industry through placement experience and completion of practical assessment activities. This experience allows learning to demonstrate applied knowledge and practical skills while building industry connections in a range of subjects including, Coaching Practices, High Performance Training and Injury Management and Developing Sport Participation.

There are credit and pathway opportunities into a range of Torrens and sister institution undergraduate courses, including the Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Bachelor of Nutrition, Bachelor of Applied Public Health, and Bachelor of Health Science at The Australasian College of Natural Therapies and The Southern School of Natural Therapies.


  • Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of Sports Development
  • Understand a range of health solutions in health, fitness and human nutrition
  • Learn to research through the process of exploring principles of sporting physical activity and its application in maintaining health and preventing disease
  • Recognise the dominant theories of health and disease, systems of health, public health and assess the social determinants of health as they relate and apply to a variety of communities and populations
  • Design and evaluate health promotion strategies, including behavioral, physical activity and nutritional programs in a development of solutions to a range of health problems in a diverse array of settings



Completion of this qualification will allow entry with advanced standing into the Torrens University Australia Bachelor of Business (Sport Management). Students progressing into this degree program will gain 40 credit points by way of block credits.

More information on the Torrens Bachelor of Business can be found here:




This course will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and ability to start or progress towards a successful and rewarding career within the sporting and leisure industry. Occupational outcomes for this qualification can vary from managing competitions, sports venues and facilities and identifying and developing athletes. Work at this level would be undertaken with a high degree of autonomy. As an outcome of this course students may engage in some of the following roles:

  • Sports development manager
  • Competition manager
  • Program developer
  • Talent development manager
  • Sports program co-coordinator
  • Sports / recreation facility management
  • Events, and small business management



Research shows that active learning improves understanding and retention of information.


The Diploma of Sport Development is designed around the principles of the “flipped classroom” allowing you to learn through doing, not just through listening.  The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to explore material at your own pace before class.  This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts.


Rather than just listening to a lecturer for an hour or more, you’ll come to class ready having read through or listened to the subject material.  Guided by an expert in the field, you will then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to question, query, challenge, discuss, and apply the things you have learned.




Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time



Study options – International students This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia.
Start Dates February,  June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full Time: 1 year

Accelerated: 2 trimesters

Part Time: Options available

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.


Course study requirements It is expected that each subject will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week per subject over a  12-week trimester. Assessment  Assessments vary and may include: Essays, reports, case studies, in-class debates, online tests and quizzes, participation in online discussion forums and research projects.
Location Online Delivered by Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code

(if applicable)

Provider obligations Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia


Course Fees      website Any other fees website


Admission Criteria


Applicants with higher education study


·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider


·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study


·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)


·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience


Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.


Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)


Year 12 or equivalent

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students


Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5



Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.


Where to get further information


Torrens University


Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs)

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2018]

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer L/N
Median rank to receive an offer L/N
Lowest rank to receive an offer L/N

Notes:            * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

# N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made


Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake [T1 2018]


Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 37%
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

0 N/A
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 N/A
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
6 32%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
5 25%
International students 0 N/P
All students 19 100%


Notes: <5 – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.


Where to get further information:

Torrens University


Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs)

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)




Subject Code Subject Name Units Value

Body Systems and Disease

Body Systems and Disease 10
SPO102 Sports Marketing 10
HWEL2006 Social and Emotional Wellbeing 10
CPT103 Coaching Practices 10
 FHN201 Foundations of Human Nutrition 10
 TIM104 High Performance Training and Injury Management 10
SPO101 Introduction to Sports Management 10
 DSP105 Developing Sport Participation 10
Total:  80



To qualify for the Diploma of Sports Development, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of 8 subjects (shown below), each of which consists of 10 units.



This course is currently delivered online.



This course is delivered online and has three intakes throughout the year – February, June and September.  Contact your Course and Career Adviser now for upcoming start dates and lecture times.



All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.


Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities


Success Coaches: 

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.


Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises.  All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.


Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you.  Coaching can take place online, or on campus.  Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.



In developing its degree courses, Torrens is able to draw on the vast experience and resources in education that have been developed within the Laureate International Universities network. Laureate is the largest education network in the world with more than 80 campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree courses to over 1,000,000 students.  This makes the degree courses offered by Torrens University unique in their global aspect, the quality of the learning materials, up-to-date learning methodologies and the use of technology to enrich the learning experience.



Get direct and personalised access to our industry-experienced lecturers and learning facilitators, through small class sizes and valuable one-to-one interactions, regardless of whether you study online or on campus.




Subject details Recommended Study Pattern                                                                          
Core Subjects
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time Accelerated
HWEL2001   Body Systems and Disease Body Systems and Disease

This subject introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to understand the fundamental structure and function of the human body. The interaction between the structural anatomy of the human body and key body systems, including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and endocrine systems that maintain homeostasis is explored. In addition, this subject covers the common disease process that commonly effect the major systems of the body

Trimester 1 Trimester 1 Trimester 1
SPO102   Sports Marketing

Marketing of sports and recreation is more than simply about the product; it is about broader health and wellness, entertainment, community and generating team or brand loyalty. This unit applies the marketing principles and mix to the field of sports and recreation, to take a broader view on how marketing can support health promotion and advocacy through sport.

Trimester 1 Trimester 2 Trimester 1
HWEL2006   Social and Emotional Wellbeing

The subject covers the principles social, emotional and psychological health as it specifically relates to behaviours. Students will analyse the role of positive emotions in capacity building and the promotion of wellbeing.

Trimester 2 Trimester 2 Trimester 1
CPT103  Coaching Practices 

This subject will assist students in developing the necessary skills to source and develop knowledge of general principles of coaching and group facilitation, including National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport specific requirements. Building on these principles, students will explore the identification, design, implementation and evaluation a coaching program suitable for a chosen sport.

Trimester 2 Trimester 3 Trimester 1
FHN201 Foundations of  Human Nutrition

This subject provides students with fundamental nutrition knowledge through examining the relationship between food, nutrition and human health.  Students will learn about macro and micro-nutrition, dietary guidelines, role of nutrition in metabolism, health maintenance and disease, nutrient food sources, and nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan.

Trimester 2 Trimester 4 Trimester 2
TIM104    High Performance Training and Injury Management

This subject will engage students in identifying, designing and implementing training and recovery programs to meet the demands of athlete populations. Students will build upon their anatomy and physiology knowledge to explore biomechanics; screening methods; training methods and periodisation in the design and implementing of training, injury and recovery programs. For the dedicated coach, this subject will further enable students to identify current injury and illness trends in sport, formulate action plans and injury prevention strategies to reduce incidence and learn how to monitor the success of these initiatives.

Trimester 3 Trimester 4 Trimester 2
SPO101   Introduction to Sports Management

In this subject students will be introduced to the field of Sport Management. Students will investigate the historical foundations of sport, management principles, socio-cultural influences of sport and the role of governance in sport. Students will investigate the role sport plays in building communities and analyse the importance that professional sport plays in contemporary society.

Trimester 3 Trimester 5 Trimester 2
DSP105   Developing Sports Participation

This subject covers the strategic planning necessary for improving the service provision and needs of target groups in sports and leisure activity. Developing and utilising excellent communication skills to improve key stakeholder relations, students will design and implement participation strategies and evaluate success of the program. This subject draws on many aspects of this course and will assist students to develop essential skills to enhance pathways for emerging talent, increase access and inclusion, and to promote diverse community participation in schools, clubs and community environments.

Trimester 3 Trimester 6 Trimester 2

*Timetable subject to change and availability





Torrens offers a free, personalised admission process where each applicant is considered on an individual basis. Please contact our International Course and Careers Officer for further information and assistance with your application.


Torrens University Australia is an inclusive institution that celebrates diversity in its student community. We provide international students with assistance in finding accommodation, academic support, counselling services and language assistance.


This course is not available to students who require a visa to study onshore in Australia. However, this course can be studied online.


Please read our International Student information or contact us with any questions about studying at Torrens or living in Australia.




Torrens values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.



We offer two payment options for this course:


Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.



FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.


It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.


Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets


Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.




Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.


What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

You’ll need a computer/device with high speed Internet access, and up to date computer software, such as, Adobe PDF reader, Microsoft office suite, email address and video recording device. You are strongly encouraged to have a web cam and microphone available to engage with tutors and peers online to support your participation in the interactive learning environment.


What if I haven’t studied in a long time?

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about starting a new course. The Southern School has a proud tradition of delivering academic excellence and practical training in a nurturing and supportive environment. The School has a diverse student community with people from all walks of life, including young adults and mature age students, as more and more people are seeking an exciting career in health and complementary medicine.


Can Torrens University help me find work while I’m studying and after I graduate?

Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.


Tuition Assurance

If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. If you are a domestic student, please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.


International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme, an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees


Are scholarships available?

Torrens offers a limited number of fee-waiver scholarships each trimester, ask a Course and Career Advisor if you’re eligible.


What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

There are three intakes per year for each Torrens University course. You may enrol anytime during the year and start in the term of your choice. However, please be sure to book early to reserve your place.


Where are the Torrens campuses located?

Torrens University has campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.


  • Adelaide – Wakefield Campus: 86-92 Wakefield Street, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
  • Brisbane – Fortitude Valley Campus: 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
  • Melbourne – Fitzroy Campus: 25 Victoria Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
  • Melbourne – Little Collins Campus: 595 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Sydney – Pyrmont Campus: 235 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
  • Sydney – The Rocks Campus: 11-5 Hickson Road, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
  • Sydney – Ultimo Campus: 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia



Torrens University Australia brings a fresh, modern, careers-focussed perspective to higher education. Here’s what that means for you:


Be part of an international network

Torrens University Australia, Australia’s newest comprehensive university in over 20 years, is part of Laureate International Universities, a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education comprised of 80 universities across 29 countries. Torrens’ association with Laureate International Universities gives you the opportunity to leverage the network of over 1,000,000 students around the world – including more than 100,000 online students.


Access our national campus network

Whether you study on campus or online, you can access state-of-the-art Torrens campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. There are no more boring classrooms, we have designed our learning spaces to promote collaboration and engagement, and they’re located in convenient and vibrant inner city neighbourhoods.

Dynamic Online Learning

Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can achieve success in your own time. We provide on-demand access to your course materials and content so you can study whenever it’s convenient to you. At specific campuses, we also offer hybrid courses that combine online and on-campus study to provide you with yet another option for completing your postgraduate course.


Fast-track your career & professional network

Torrens operates on a trimester system so many courses can be completed in less time than at other institutions. Imagine walking out of Torrens with a Master degree in as little as 12 months, or a Bachelor degree in only 2 years.


Torrens runs optional Touch-Point weekend sessions that give you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, converse with lecturers and expand your multidisciplinary network in a face-to-face environment. With a session every trimester at one of our national campuses, you can build your network faster while you study.


Industry engagement and academic skills

Torrens engages in robust dialogue with local, national and global businesses, industries and associations with the goal of creating better graduate outcomes for our students.


We believe education should reflect the realities of industry, as well as the development of critical thinking and global perspectives in the approach we take. Integrating relevant insights and desirable skill sets through our active conversations with industry allows us to remain dynamic and evolve with the needs of the modern workplace.


Through our Careers and Industry services, we also provide students with technologically advanced employability profiling and upskilling, courtesy of a range specialised of events and seminars in conjunction with leading employers. Torrens assists students in developing current employability skills and helps them to access leaders in their field, for their personal networks and industry placements. Torrens enjoys many mutually beneficial relationships with industry that empower our entire student cohort to be successful graduates.


Develop skills in:

  • Writing essays and reports
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation


Student events

Meet and network with industry professionals and gain valuable contacts at various events including networking nights, Meet the Manager professional seminars and industry association events.




If you have any further questions, please contact your Course and Career Adviser for additional information.



Phone: 1300 575 803 (within Australia)

Phone: +61 8 8113 7800 (International)

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