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Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise (GCSE) - GradCertSportEx

CRICOS code (International applicants): 093874B

 On-campus*+External§*+
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:Ipswich -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:0.5 year full–time, 1 year part-time  
Program articulation:

From: Bachelor of Sport and Exercise

Footnotes
*Semester 1 intake available full-time and part-time. Semester 2 intake available part-time only (not suitable for international on-campus students).
+Courses that include a practical skill competency component and residential school will be conducted at USQ Ipswich.
§The external offering is not suitable for international students studying from overseas.

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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Program aims

The Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise (GCSE) aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge and skills relevant to health, fitness and sports performance across the lifespan to an advanced level. Students undertaking the program will usually have qualifications in various related disciplines (although any undergraduate degree is acceptable) or be students who have completed an undergraduate degree in the area of sport and exercise. The program, may be used to meet work or professional requirements, allow for program exemptions, or be part of course requirements in some postgraduate programs. The program is designed to meet personal achievement goals or provide for career opportunities within the health, sports and fitness industry such as sports coaches, personal trainers, sports development officers or a range of other roles.

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Program objectives

On completion of the program graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An advanced level of discipline knowledge and skills relevant to health, fitness and sports performance across the lifespan.

  2. High level of understanding of exercise related issues and circumstances of individuals and groups, including sports performers and those with disabilities, chronic diseases and from a range of age groups across the lifespan.

  3. Highly-developed practical skills relevant to laboratory, clinical and field situations in the sport and exercise area.

  4. Expert level of commitment to evidence-based practice, good communication skills, professional development and research.

  5. Very competent level of safe, professional and ethical practice displayed in interactions with clients from a range of populations, and a variety of contexts, across the lifespan.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in any area or equivalent; and

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise (GCSE) consists of two compulsory courses and two specified approved courses.

Compulsory courses


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Program completion requirements

Students must complete the two compulsory courses and two specified approved courses.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

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Practical experience

There will be a small amount of professional experience required as an extension to courses (e.g. opportunity to observe or participate in a particular sport and exercise context). This professional experience will be in the nature of work experience and largely self-directed.
The student is responsible to find and arrange their placement and must meet all costs associated with the acquisition of practical experience to satisfy this requirement.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. Broadband access is required for the four compulsory core courses. For information technology requirements, please see the minimum computing standards.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

Core Courses


Approved Courses


Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry

SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology^1111M
SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation^11,211,2M
SES8003 Advanced Motor Control and Learning^1111M
SES2101 Growth, Development and Lifespan1111

Footnotes
^The on-campus offering of this course is only available at the Ipswich campus.

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry

SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology^1111M

Choose one of the following two courses:

     SES2101 Growth, Development and Lifespan1111
     SES8003 Advanced Motor Control and Learning^1111M
SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation^1212M

Choose one of the following two courses:

     SES3103 Nutrition and Exercise1212,3
     SES8001 Advanced Biomechanics^11,211,2M

Year 1 / Semester 2 entry

SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation^1212M

Choose one of the following two courses:

     SES3103 Nutrition and Exercise1212,3
     SES8001 Advanced Biomechanics^11,211,2M
SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology^2121M

Choose one of the following two courses:

     SES2101 Growth, Development and Lifespan2121
     SES8003 Advanced Motor Control and Learning^2121M

Footnotes
^The on-campus offering of this course is only available at the Ipswich campus.