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Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning

Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning (GSCD)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Jul

Overview

  • Raise the bar with USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning and learn to coach athletes across different sporting industries and teams to monitor and analyse their workload, wellbeing, and performance.
  • If you have a bachelor degree in sport and exercise science, clinical exercise physiology, or related field, and want to change your focus, upskill, or seek promotion in a strength and conditioning role, this industry-relevant qualification is for you.
  • Develop a greater understanding of how the body responds and adapts to various types of strength and conditioning activities. Study injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for athletes as well as sports nutrition and supplementation for health and performance.
  • Learn from renowned coaches, researchers, and lectures who have worked with:
    • National teams preparing for Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, world championships, and world cups
    • Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallists
    • National league team in the NRL, AFL, NBL, WNBL, and Super Netball.
  • Offered online, with a number of face-to-face residential school courses at the USQ Ipswich campus, this degree provides flexibility to suit your work and life commitments.

Further study

Take you credits from your studies and go on to study the Master of Strength and Conditioning.

Career outcomes

  • The Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning will provide you with the skills required for a possible career as a strength and conditioning coach. 

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

  • Completion of an Australian university 3-year or 4-year bachelor degree in the area of sport and exercise science, or equivalent, or a relevant health-related discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5;
    or
  • Completion of a Graduate Certificate in the area of sport and exercise science, or relevant health-related discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5;
    or
  • Completion of USQ's Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning with a GPA of 4.5.

 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

USQ offers a number of degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree:

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Total 8

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

You are required to attend one mandatory residential schools on the USQ Ipswich campus. The residential school will be for 5 days (Monday - Friday). More information on residential schools is available. 

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 24560

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 2, 2022 - application closing date to be advised. Semester 2 commences Monday 11 July.
  • Semester 1, 2023 - application closing date to be advised.

Further information

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Begin your study journey today with Australia's #1 university for graduate starting salary* and start the degree that’s right for you.

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