Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance)

Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance)

The Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance) provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare you for a diverse range of future career paths in the football industry.

In this unique specialised diploma, you will explore a range of football codes (e.g., soccer, rugby league, rugby union, AFL, rugby 7s, wheelchair rugby, futsal, touch football) to learn how these global sports deliver exemplary practice in contexts such as coaching, officiating, community and participation, inclusion, management skills, and player development and wellbeing.



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Course Duration

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Online Learning

Selected units available online for students enrolled in courses that are not fully online. Online units in these courses are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort in these units is too small to ensure an optimal student experience, the College reserves the right to alter the delivery mode to on-campus or mixed mode.


7 August 2023
4 March 2024


FEE-HELP approved (for domestic students) Payment plans & direct payment available Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.

Study Mode

Flexible mode - students can choose to enrol in a unit delivered in an online mode or via on-campus delivery except for 2 units which are blended (online content with an on-campus intensive component delivered over a weekend).

Transfer Credit

An applicant may apply for an assessment of their prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

Course Overview

An overview of the  Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance)

This diploma has been designed in collaboration with the football industry so you can rest assured that the content and outcomes are industry relevant and sought after.  The classes are taught by industry experts and revolve around real-life case studies of football professionals, clubs, and organisations. Work-integrated learning placements are a key aspect of this course and you will experience a minimum of 45  hours of placements in football environments.

We know that you value flexibility.  This course is designed to be flexible and can be studied through a combination of on-campus, online, and blended delivery.

You will be assessed through real-world activities and through a combination of practical and theory-based tasks.




Course Structure

The Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance) can be completed in one year of full-time study.  The course program is divided into two semesters, each of 12 weeks’ duration. Study involves approximately 12 contact hours a week (excluding examination and study weeks).

Semester 1

  • SPB1301 Managing the Sport and Recreation Industry
  • PER1103 Coaching Techniques and Pedagogy
  • HSC1104 Skill Acquisition
  • PER1112 Football Principles and Practices


Semester 2

  • SPB1101  Introduction to Sports Business
  • PER1205 Officiating
  • PER1212 Football Club Development and Support
  • PER1213 Player Wellbeing

Course Outcomes

Discover where the Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance) can take you.

With employment opportunities almost doubling for Sport coaches and specialist managers, the future looks bright for our graduates.  It doesn’t matter where your passion for sport takes you, as your qualification from ACPE can help make your dreams a reality.

Career Opportunities
  • Game Development Managers
  • Referee Coordinator
  • Participation Officer
  • Football Coach
  • Community Program Leaders
Further Study Options

Bachelor of Football (Development, Management and Performance)

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