Diploma of Sport Development (Elite)
(Partnership with Simon Black Academy )

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What is the Diploma of Sport Development (Elite)?

The Diploma of Sport Development (Elite) provides you with a solid foundation in the theoretical and practical skills necessary to work effectively in the sport and leisure sector. Taught by experienced industry professionals, who are leaders in the field, the course gives you a unique opportunity to combine practical training with a university qualification to help develop the next generation of leaders in sport.
In partnership with Torrens University Australia, the Simon Black Academy (SBA) provides a full-time program of flexible, online learning, combined with athletic development. SBA provides you with the opportunity to gain a university qualification while immersing yourself in an elite academy environment. This course delivers key information on coaching practices, high performance training, injury management and developing sport participation. Coached by industry experts, you will complete sport-specific practical sessions in a high performance academy environment at the Simon Black Academy, and follow an online program of academic excellence. The course provides credit and pathway opportunities into a range of undergraduate courses.


Learning outcomes

  • Explore the principles of physical activity and its role in maintaining health and preventing disease.
  • Understand a variety of health solutions in fitness and human nutrition.
  • Develop coaching skills to foster a love of sport in others, for healthier outcomes.
  • Analyse the role of psychological health within the broader sporting context.
Study mode
Campus locations
Brisbane, Adelaide
Course duration
Full-time: 1 year

This courses is accredited by Torrens University Australia ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E and delivered by Torrens University Australia in partnership with Simon Black Academy

*For more details on international student study options.

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Designed to fit in with you
With all your learning materials online, you can tailor a schedule to fit your personal needs.

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Learn from specialists in their field
Our academics understand where the industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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A dedicated Success Coach
An ally to encourage, inspire and guide, your Success Coach will help you achieve your goals and create the right trajectory for your career.
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Career opportunities

Course outcomes enable students to develop the essential skills and training required to gain employment, secure career progression or continue studies at the bachelor level. The Diploma of Sport Development (Elite) will equip you with a solid foundation of knowledge and ability to progress towards a successful and rewarding career within the sporting and leisure industry. Occupational outcomes for this qualification can vary from working in community sport through to identifying and developing athletes. Work at this level would be undertaken with a degree of autonomy.

Potential career paths

  • Sport Event Manager
    Average salary: $40,000 – $90,000
  • Sports Manager
    Average salary: $60,000 - $136,675
  • Sport Project Officer
    Average salary: $74,339 - $91,152
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I chose to study the Diploma of Sport Development as it offered the ideal blend of study I was looking for.
Govardhan Tyler Randell
Diploma of Sport Development

Subjects and units


These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Body Systems and Disease | HWEL2001
  • Sports Marketing | SPO102
  • Coaching Practices | CPT103
  • Foundations of Human Nutrition | FHN201
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing | HWEL2006
  • Introduction to Sports Management | SPO101
  • High Performance Training and Injury Management (Elite) | HPT106 
  • Developing Sports Participation (Elite) | DSE108 

Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.

The below is an alternative option.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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