Diploma of Sport Development

As sport participation rates rise, prepare yourself for a career in the expanding sporting industry.

Gain a solid foundation in the sport sector, with ACNT’s Diploma of Sport Development. If you want a career in sport or fitness, or want a taste of study before starting further training, this course could be for you.

This one-year diploma equips you with the essential skills you need for a range of careers in sport, such as:

  • coaching and leadership
  • exercise and fitness
  • sports development and business management.

You will learn in a hands-on, highly practical environment – with the goal of preparing you as best as possible for a career in the industry. Industry placements will give you first-hand experience in your area of interest.

You will also have the flexibility to choose subjects that suit your career aspirations – so you can choose the pathway that will get you where you want to be.

If you want to go on to further study, you will be able to choose industry placements that give you a good introduction to your area of interest. For example, if you want to progress to a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise sciences, you should complete your placement and assessments in your preferred sport.


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Course Delivery

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Workload and Assessment

Typical assessment includes:

In each subject you will complete a variety of written and practical assessments. Assessments are designed to meet specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, reflective journal, case studies, evidence gathering, projects, role-plays and video submissions.

Subject Information

For a sport to thrive it is important that there are defined strategies aimed at developing and increasing participation in sport. Developing and using excellent communication skills to work with key stakeholders, students will design and implement participation strategies and evaluate successes. This subject draws on many aspects of this course and will assist students to develop essential skills to enhance pathways for emerging talent and implement these strategies in schools, clubs and community environments.

This subject introduces the basics and importance of effective recruitment, selection and induction of staff, the fundamental roles of the HR Manager, and the way to equip the organisation with the people assets that are required to meet its goals. It is designed specifically to meet the HR needs in the health and sports industry.

An important element of recruiting new staff is the ability to manage meetings effectively. Learning how to design, lead and review meetings is critical in management, and is brought to life with practical aspects of staff recruitment in the sporting environment.

This subject covers the knowledge and skills required to plan and implement high performance and recovery programs as well as manage injuries for individual athletes and sporting teams. Students will cover the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; methods of fitness assessment; and liaising with support personnel to design and implement high performance training, recovery and injury programs using best practice.

Students will further learn how to effectively instruct safe practice; monitor athlete/program progression and strategise for signs and symptoms of overtraining and under recovery. Identifying a range of high performance recovery methods and techniques will assist students when evaluating and providing feedback to athletes and support personnel.

For the dedicated coach, this subject will further enable students to identify current injury and illness data and trends in sport, formulate action plans and injury prevention strategies and programs to reduce incidence, implement the injury/illness prevention or management program, whilst monitoring the success of the initiative. To identify precursors to injury, students will also learn how to perform a comprehensive movement screen that builds on previous learning in anatomy and fitness testing.

This subject equips students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage a sports event. Students will learn how to deal with time, cost and quality standards as well as planning for risks, stakeholder communication, procurement and utilisation of internal resources. Finalising the delivery of the sports event and capturing lessons learnt for improving future events will also be covered.

This subject will provide students with the knowledge and skills to provide athletes with information about performance enhancing and prohibited drugs in sport. Students will gain knowledge of the side effects of taking drugs in sport and implement strategies to create a drug free sporting environment using the resources available such as ASADA, WADA and the AIS.

The subject may apply to personnel who are responsible for coaching athletes in a sport-specific training or competition and recreational sporting settings. This includes providing in-competition assistance to athletes and assuring they remain drug free through effective monitoring strategies.

This subject investigates the importance of nutritional and psychological principles as they relate to the athletic practices to support training, competition and recovery. Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to analyse athletes’ needs, advising on sports psychology and nutritional strategies to incorporate improved practices into their daily lives to achieve peak performance related to their goals.

Advancing students knowledge, skills and application of sports nutrition and sports psychology, this subject will enable students to administer meetings with clients, implementing strategies and practices relevant to clients’ needs, whilst recording and monitoring results and offering excellent feedback to athletes in a range of contexts. A variety of strategies are considered to increase the performance of an athlete or team in a range of situations.

This subject will assist students in developing the necessary skills to source and develop knowledge of general principles of coaching, including National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport specific requirements. Building on knowledge of the principles of coaching, students will explore the complexities of identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating a coaching program suitable for a chosen sport.

Furthermore, the theoretical and practical understanding of facilitating groups will be developed to provide an insight into how successful teams operate.

This subject covers the knowledge and skills required to apply legislation relevant to organisational operations. It will focus on the analysis and interpretation of relevant legislations to determine legal compliance of an organisation in the sports and leisure industry.

Students will also cover the processes involved in developing, implementing and evaluating a risk management and WHS program within a sporting or leisure context.

This subject provides students with the opportunity to learn how to effectively market a sports event or team. Students will assess the marketing opportunity for an event or sports team amongst a defined target market. On selecting the marketing opportunity, each of the elements within the marketing mix will be considered, including place, product, price and promotion in order to optimise the execution of the opportunity. Tactical marketing issues will be evaluated to capitalise on changes to the marketing mix as necessary.