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Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise (GCSE) - GradCertSportEx

CRICOS code (International applicants): 093874B

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

To: Master of Science (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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Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International students  Current students 
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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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Phone: +61 7 4631 5543
Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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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.

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Program objectives

On completion of this program graduates should be able to :

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

  2. Evaluate 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. Apply highly-developed practical skills relevant to laboratory, clinical and field situations in the sport and exercise area.

  4. Apply evidence-based practice, professional development skills through a range of written and oral communication tasks.

  5. Display 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; or

  • Minimum of 5 years professional work experience equivalent to a qualification at AQF Level 7; 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

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

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 consists of two core courses plus one Sport and Exercise level 8 coursework course from the Sport and Exercise specialisation in the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) plus one elective course as approved by the Program Director.

Core courses

Core Courses  Ipswich  Toowoomba  Springfield  External  Online 
SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology  S1      S1   
SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation  S1      S1   
Plus one Sport and Exercise coursework course from the Sport and Exercise specialisation in the MSCN Master of Science  
Plus one elective course from the list below or as approved by the Program Director  
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management    S1  S1    S1, S3 
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching          S1, S2 
MGT8037 Leading Teams to Success          S2 
MGT8022 Project-Based Management      S2    S2, S3 
BIO8201 Biology Foundations          S2 
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers    S1      S1 
PRL8008 Social Media for Organisations          S2 
PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing          S1,S3 

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Program completion requirements

Students must complete the two core courses, one Sport and Exercise level 8 coursework course from the Sport and Exercise specialisation in the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) and 1 elective course as approved by the Program Director.

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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. To 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


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Articulation

A student successfully completing all courses in the Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise (the elective must be part of the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) will receive full credit towards the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise). Students intending to continue with the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) must apply for separate admission and may EITHER graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise and receive full credit as exemptions into the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise), OR choose not to graduate with the Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise, in order to transfer their grades, maintain their GPA and articulate into the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise) and ultimately qualify from this higher award only. Students who wish to transfer their grades and maintain their GPA into the MSCN Master of Science (Sport & Exercise), must advise the Faculty in writing usq.support@usq.au of their intention to articulate and this must occur prior to completion of the Graduate Certificate of Sport and Exercise.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended Enrolment Pattern - Full-time or 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 studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry

SES8005 Advanced Exercise Physiology1111M
SES8006 Advanced Exercise Programming and Rehabilitation1111M

Plus one Sport and Exercise level 8 coursework course from the Sport and Exercise specialisation in the MSCN Master of Science

Plus one elective course from the list below or as approved by the Program Director

ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management11,3Pre-requisite: Students enrolled in one of the following Programs: Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) or Master of Business Administration & Master of Professional Accounting (MBAC) are not eligible for enrolment
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1,2
MGT8037 Leading Teams to Success2
MGT8022 Project-Based Management22,3
BIO8201 Biology Foundations2
STA8170 Statistics for Quantitative Researchers11Enrolment is not permitted in STA8170 if STA2300 or STA1003 has been previously completed.
PRL8008 Social Media for Organisations2
PUB5001 Introduction to Editing and Publishing1,3