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Diploma of Community Sport and Movement

Are you passionate about the world of community sports? Eager to transform your love for movement into a fulfilling career? Look no further than our cutting-edge Diploma of Community Sport and Movement, meticulously crafted as an AQF level 5 course.

UAC code 170210 | CRICOS provider code 113887E
FEE-HELP approved | Scholarships available
Diploma of Community Sport and Movement

Diploma of Community Sport and Movement

Are you passionate about the world of community sports? Eager to transform your love for movement into a fulfilling career? Look no further than our cutting-edge Diploma of Community Sport and Movement, meticulously crafted as an AQF level 5 course.

CRICOS provider code 170210 | CRICOS provider code 113887E
FEE-HELP approved | Scholarships available

Are you passionate about the world of community sports? Eager to transform your love for movement into a fulfilling career? Look no further than our cutting-edge Diploma of Community Sport and Movement, meticulously crafted as an AQF level 5 course.

Embark on a journey of empowerment as you acquire the essential knowledge and skills necessary to excel in entry-level positions within the community sport industry. Our comprehensive program is strategically designed to fuel your ambitions, whether you’re a fresh enthusiast entering the field or a seasoned professional seeking to elevate your career.

With the Diploma of Community Sport and Movement, you’ll be primed to make a meaningful impact. Gain the expertise to lead, coordinate, and contribute effectively to community sports initiatives. From event management to grassroots engagement, our curriculum covers it all, ensuring you’re well-equipped to drive positive change in your community.

What’s more, this diploma acts as a springboard for further educational pursuits. Set yourself up for success as you lay a strong foundation for continued studies, should you choose to advance your expertise in specialized areas of sports and movement.

Don’t miss your chance to propel yourself into rewarding careers within the community sports realm. Embrace the future of sports education and secure your spot today!

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Career opportunities
  • Sport Centre Managers  
    Average salary: $85,000 - $100,000
  • Recreation Officer
    Average salary: $68,000 - $95,000
  • Dance Centre Manager  
    Average salary: $54,000 - $82,000
  • YMCA Program Coordinator  
    Average salary: $35,000 - $95,000
  • Sport Officer
    Average salary: $65,000 - $80,000


Most salaries are sourced from au.indeed.com and payscale.com and are in AUD. Information is current as of December 2023.

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Areas of study:

Foundational theoretical & technical knowledge within the areas of sport and recreation management, sports coaching, and fitness. 

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Course duration

1 year full time or part time equivalent

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Intake dates

4 March 2024

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Study flexibility

The units will be delivered on campus with selected units available online.

The Diploma of Community Sport and Movement can be completed in one year of full time study, or a part time equivalent. The course is delivered on campus with selected units online, with FEE-HELP approved, as well as Payment Plans, and Upfront payments available. Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.

Assessments are authentic and practical to prepare you for the workplace. However, some units may require attendance at formal exams.

Transfer Credit
You  may apply for an assessment of your prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

Articulation, RPL and credit arrangements (if applicable):
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Community Sport and Movement are eligible to articulate into the following degrees:




FEE-HELP Approved, Payment Plans, Upfront payment available. Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.

Semester 1

  • PER1113 Foundations of Sport Development
  • PER1111 Physical Literacy for Children and Young People
  • PER1103 Coaching Techniques and Pedagogy
  • HSC1105 Exercise Prescription

Semester 2

  • PER1114 Professional Skills for the Sport Industry
  • PER2102 Professional Communication
    (Prerequisite: PER1103 )
  • GHS2106 Inclusive Health & Physical Activity
    (Prerequisite: PER1113)
  • SPB1209 Introduction to Facility Management
Semester 1Unit nameOn campusOnlineBlended
PER1113Foundations of Sport Development

This unit examines management tools and techniques as they apply to an increasingly professionalised community sport environment. The unit aims to introduce students to the key concepts, practices, and issues in community sports organisations, as well as the importance of best practice for professionals in this sector. The unit also provides an introduction into the academic literacy discourses and practices required for tertiary study in the community sport and movement environment.

PER1111Physical Literacy for Children & Young People

This unit introduces physical literacy as an important determinant of lifelong learning through movement and physical activity. It is directly concerned with examining why and how physical literacy delivers physical, psychological, social and cognitive benefits for children and young people, and contributes to an individual’s health and wellbeing.

PER1103Coaching Techniques and Pedagogy

This unit introduces students to the general principles of coaching practice through various theories and pedagogy. The focus will be on identifying how combinations of techniques and styles can be used to reach a common goal, allowing students to identify how best to coach, based on specific situations in order to develop their own coaching philosophy.

HSC1105Exercise Prescription

This unit introduces students to the principles of exercise prescription. Students will learn about the risks associated with exercise and how to manage these risks using pre-screening and testing procedures. This foundational knowledge will assist in the development of individually tailored exercise prescription programs for the apparently health population, whose goals are to improve overall health, physical fitness and performance. Students will learn how to apply the FITT-VP principle of exercise prescription using scientific evidence on the physiological and health benefits of exercise.

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PER1114Professional Skills for the Sport Industry

This unit has been designed to develop in students the professional knowledge and competency required to work in the sport and movement industry. Students will be provided with an introduction to the legislative and legal obligations of the employer in sport industries. The unit also covers the areas of professional communication, child protection, work health and safety issues and mental health first aid and first aid.

PER2102Professional Communication

This unit introduces effective communication required in individual and group processes and how it affects people in organisations. Major theories and models in key areas of communication will be examined including group dynamics, organisational relationships, leadership, feedback, risk, conflict, power, strategy, and structure and change management.

GHS2106Inclusive Health & Physical Activity

Students will examine the physiological, psychological, and sociological characteristics of diverse populations and identify specific health and physical activity issues related to each population. Students will then explore how physical activity can be adapted to promote life-long health and participation in physical activity for these populations. In doing so, students will critically evaluate the role, contribution and responsibilities of the government, community, and health professionals in promoting health and physical activity for diverse populations.

SPB1209Introduction to Facility Management

This unit provides students with an overview of operational and management practices associated with sports facilities. The unit investigates facility planning methods and models and operational aspects. The unit also aims to equip students with the ability to implement facility planning practices.



Compulsory requirements

  • All applicants must meet minimum computer literacy standards as determined by ACPE and have unrestricted access to the internet and a personal email account.
  • Mac or Windows laptop with the following minimum requirements: 16GB of memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and a front facing webcam/camera.
  • Domestic applicants must be 18 years of age or turn 18 within their first semester of
  • study. International applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements for their chosen course of study.
  • For courses that involve work-integrated learning where you may deal with children (i.e. under 18 years of age), applicants require a valid “Working with Children Check” which needs to be supplied to ACPE before you commence your course.

We are not ATAR dependent

The good news is our courses are not ATAR-dependent. Instead, you can be considered for admission via one of the following criteria:

  • A minimum NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent meeting required standards in relevant subjects.
  • Performance in relevant year 11 results for early entry pending release of HSC results.
  • An Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Tertiary Preparation Certificate from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification.
  • A completed Certificate IV from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification plus completed year 11 or an equivalent.
  • One year of full-time or an equivalent study in a degree course at a recognised higher education institute in Australia or an equivalent.
  • Satisfaction of entry requirements specified under formal articulation arrangements as determined by the ACPE Academic Board.
  • Completion of a Big Picture Education Portfolio at a Big Picture School, supported by a recommendation from the school principal.
  • A recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English.
  • Demonstration to the CEO or the Dean’s satisfaction of good selection prospects as a student (for example, relevant work experience and motivation to study), and ineligibility to compete for admission based on the above academic achievement criteria.

Alternative Entry

An applicant seeking admission who is unable to demonstrate that they satisfactorily meet the General Admission Criteria above may apply to the College to be considered for Alternate Entry. The applicant may be requested to provide evidence that will demonstrate they have a reasonable likelihood of success in studies with the College. This includes mature entry (over 21 years) with relevant experience, elite athletes with interrupted study due to sports commitments, and any other potential applicants who may not meet the criteria above. Entry with advanced standing through educational pathways (e.g. RPL or credit transfer) may also be available based on previous study.

For students who have left school but who haven’t completed their HSC and are under 21 years of age, ACPE has an alternative entry pathway to allow potential access to an ACPE degree. For more information head to acpe.edu.au/earlyaccept/.

ACPE Advantage

Backed by research and industry insights, ACPE has tailored this Diploma to meet the diverse needs of learners like you. We understand your aspirations and have designed this program to align perfectly with your goals.

Don't wait to kickstart your journey in the dynamic world of sport and exercise science. Unleash your potential with the Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science from ACPE and lay the groundwork for a successful future. Enrol today and be ready to make your mark in the industry!


Gear up for success at ACPE and turn your passion for sport into a career:

  • Gain an industry-leading degree
  • Study closely with industry experts
  • Gaining a qualification specifically designed by the sport industry for the sport industry
  • Be work-ready with experience placements
  • Thrive on campus at the home of sport, Sydney Olympic Park

We outshine our competitors based on the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience Survey, which is run by the Government. This is important because it tells you what our current students have said about their experiences at ACPE.

Compared to other universities and education providers, ACPE is rated in the top 20 for the overall quality of the student experience in 2022. We achieved a 92.7% rating for teaching quality, 87.6% for the quality of the overall student experience, and 90.5% for student support - significantly ahead - making ACPE the leading provider of sport, health, and dance courses in Australia.

Located at Sydney Olympic Park, we are surrounded by sport organisations and industry partners presenting opportunities at our doorstep. We are FEE-HELP approved and not ATAR dependent. Turn your passion for sport into a career. Why go anywhere else?

ACPE CRICOS provider code (01822J)


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92.7% score in Teaching Quality*
*SES (Student Experience Survey 2022)

Overall Graduate Employment Rate GOS 2020 Icon

89.6% in Overall Graduate Employment Rate*
*QILT (Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2022)

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50% increase in employment within the sports industry in the next 5 years*
*Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020

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Over 106 years of educating generations of sport professionals since 1917

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