Diploma of Sports Management (High Performance)

Developed by leading industry professionals, the ISCA Diploma of Sports Management (High Performance) provides students with an innovative blend of training, coaching, learning and mentoring. Receive career advice, mentoring & professional development, capped by an internship in the sport of your choice! The ISCA Diploma is a well-rounded, multi-educational experience that combines elite high performance sporting fundamentals with state of the art facilities and exemplary curriculum. Develop an edge in the sports industry whilst maintaining and improving performance in a high performance environment.

Business Units

Delivered by industry professionals with extensive business experience, our subjects help students learn about fundamental business principles and how they relate to the sports industry.

Managing People and Organisations

Explores exactly what is meant by vision and value management: how to create visions and values, how to implement them and how to measure their success. A historical perspective of management of organisations is developed.

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Principles of Marketing

This subject explains and demonstrates the basic knowledge and concepts of marketing with particular attention paid to the specific characteristics of service industries such as the hospitality industry, tourism, events, sports and retail.

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Economics for Sports

Integrate the student’s understanding of sport management principles by teaching the application of business and economic concepts and issues to the sport management domain. It aims to develop a working knowledge of the application of economics to the sport context to enable graduates to function effectively within the industry.

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Sports Management Units

A progressive, modern approach to the managerial structures of sports organisations, providing insight into the domestic and global sports industry and enabling students to identify potential employment opportunities.

Introduction to Sport Management

The subject should allow students to gain a greater understanding of the global sport marketplace and insight into areas of sport management they may wish to pursue in their career.

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Sports Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

The aim of the subject is to develop an understanding of the psychological foundations of sport and leisure examining concepts from sport psychology, health and well-being.

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Event Operations and Logistics

The aim of this subject is to provide students with the skills and experience necessary to undertake planning and management of sports event operations and logistics. This includes understanding event management principles and logistics of project, site, labour, financial, risk, transport and time management, as well as the requirements associated with control and budgeting all aspects of event logistics.

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Innovation in Sports Management

Equip student with creative and innovative approach to investigating, researching and considering the important issue of international sport. The following broad aims will be addressed: Firstly, develop a thorough understanding of what the concept of innovation means in sport management. Secondly apply a methodology of analysis of a sporting organisation/business/club and benchmark against the best in their field. This level of analysis is both at the individual level, organisational level and systematic level. Thirdly, explore the current cutting edge sports innovators in respect to thinking, “the Game”, business, equipment, facilities and technology.

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Introduction to Sports Law

With the increasing legal liability imposed upon athletes, employees and sports organisations, sports management students need to be understand the significance and impact of legal implications on the industry. The aim of this subject is to introduce the student to the wide range of legal issues that arise out of sporting and recreational activities.

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High Performance Units

Not just taught in the classroom, our students undertake three physical preparation sessions per week, enhancing their physical skills before applying this knowledge through a series of exciting and innovative workshops and assessments.

High Performance I

Elite athlete development requires the use of complex, well planned training systems developed by exercise professionals. High Performance I explores the skills and knowledge required by coaches, sports trainers and physical development staff to provide guidance to athletes on a range of theoretical and applied learning experiences. The unit provides the education required to utilise, monitor and reflect on an athletes own physical development system and to maintain / enhance strength & conditioning for sporting performance. Through the sports technology system Axiom and their own Athlete Journals, students will submit daily diary entries regarding training loads, training quality, wellness, injury, recovery and movement screening. These diary entries and self–reflections, inclusive of goal setting and physical performance testing, allow the student to become responsible for monitoring their own physical performance and progress, and assist and instruct others.

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High Performance II

The role of sport managers in helping to prevent and manage contemporary health challenges facing communities is becoming increasingly recognised. Therefore, sport management professionals need to be conversant with health issues and strategies available to enhance their impact. High Performance II aims to introduce a wide range of contemporary health issues and health science concepts relevant to sports managers. This subject also focuses on exercise physiology and nutrition and their importance to athletes as well as the general community. Through the use of the sports technology system Axiom and their own Athlete Journals, students will continue to submit daily diary entries regarding training loads, training quality, wellness, injury, recovery and movement screening. These diary entries and self—reflections, inclusive of goal setting and physical performance testing, will expand on the knowledge obtained in High Performance I, and allow the student to become responsible for monitoring their own physical performance and progress, and assist and instruct others.

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High Performance III

The impact of injuries on athlete wellbeing as well as individual and team outcomes can be devastating. A key role for athletes, coaches and sport managers is the monitoring of athlete training and performance in order to prevent and manage injuries. High Performance III introduces students to key causes of injury, how to recognise symptoms of injury, as well as strategies to assist athletes avoiding and managing sport injuries. On completion of the subject, students will be able to interpret and apply a range of sport science data to monitor athlete training loads, identify potential injuries and develop appropriate rehabilitation programs. Through the use of the sports technology system Axiom and their own Athlete Journals, students will continue to submit daily diary entries regarding training loads, training quality, wellness, injury, recovery and movement screening. These diary entries and self—reflections, inclusive of goal setting and physical performance testing, will expand on the knowledge obtained in High Performance I and II, and allow the student to become responsible for monitoring their own physical performance and progress, and be able to relate this data to injury prevention and management.

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Industry Training (DSMHP)

Provides students with a general entry-level position within the area of their specialisation. Through a genuine workplace experience students set their classroom learning in context within the workplace and through that experience prepare themselves for their future careers. Through directed workplace learning students will increase their self-awareness, clarify their professional goals, gain an understanding of industry expectations and explore areas that can enhance their career journey in their specialisation including networking and resume building. Students will develop enhanced employment prospects and learn how to take full responsibility for their own learning. For more information about our Industry Training program click here.

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Quick Facts

Cricos Code 097377J
UAC Code 530580
Accreditation Status Active
Campus ISCA Campus
Duration 1 year (or part time equivalent)
Industry Training 100 hours
Fee Help DFEE
Study Mode On Campus
Start Feb, Jul, Sep
AQF Level 5
Annual Indicative Student Enrolments 0 in 2018 (new course started 2019)

Frequently Asked Questions

ISCA offers students an innovative blend of both classroom and practical components of study. The Diploma covers three units that are run over 13 week periods (including examinations) for each of the three trimesters. Each trimester offers one business, one management, and one high performance unit. In the final trimester, students are expected to also complete a total of 100h industry experience. Please review the ISCA brochure for further information.

The program has been designed to equip students with a broad knowledge of business, marketing, sport management and high performance, as well as providing a unique practical experience through work integrated learning & development of skills required for sport-specific careers. After completion of the diploma, students will be able to articulate into a bachelor of sport management at ICMS with credit transfer up to 8 subjects.

ISCA offers a holistic approach to assessing your application, including an application interview, your current and previous involvement in sport, your individual Year 12 subject results and, for High Academic Places (see below), your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

If you have applied for a High Academic Place (HAP) through UAC we will look at your ATAR in conjunction with your application interview. The ATAR requirements for a HAP at ISCA is not yet determined as this is the first intake for these places and the cut-off will depend on the number of applicants, the quality of those applicants and the number of HAP positions that we are able to give out. If you have applied directly to ISCA (not through UAC) you do not require an ATAR. Instead we will look at your individual HSC subject marks and performance in your application interview.

For Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders, FEE-HELP is available from the Australian government to help support the cost of your tuition. For further information visit www.studyassist.gov.au. You can also download the FEE HELP booklet and a full list of tuition and residential fees below.

FEE-HELP Booklet
FEE-HELP Brochure

The best way in which to apply to ISCA is through a direct application form. Click here to go to our online application form. You are able to apply directly to ISCA at any time throughout the year. Once you have submitted this, one of the members of the Development Team will contact you with the next steps. It is important to note that you can apply both directly to ISCA and through UAC (February trimester only). Holding an additional UAC application means you will be eligible for a High Academic Place (HAP).
Full details of enrolment procedures will also be in your letter of offer. ISCA will contact you at the time of offer with acceptance procedures and deadlines. An enrolment session for new students will be held during the orientation week of each intake. Students may apply for deferment after accepting their offer. Deferment instructions and options will be provided at the time of offer. An offer for a High Academic Place (HAP) cannot be deferred.

Studying a degree is a big commitment in many ways, not least financially. You will need to consider tuition fees, living costs and other expenses such as transport, textbooks, food and accommodation. The main expense will be tuition fees. Students studying a Bachelor course pay tuition fees on a trimester basis. Tuition fees are not payable during industry training trimesters unless part-time study has been arranged and students may be paid during industry training trimesters. You must complete all prerequisite subjects before starting your industry training. Similarly, postgraduate students pay tuition fees on a semester basis and tuition fees are not payable during the semester that you complete your industry training research project unless part-time study has been arranged. Provided below is our tuition fee information for new students commencing in 2019:

Tuition fee per subject

Subject Tuition Fees
Sport Management $2,740.00
Business $2,740.00
High Performance I $3,022.00
High Performance II $3,022.00
High Performance III $2,266.00


Structure and Indicative Tuition Fees

Trimester Tuition Fees Components
1 $8502.00 2 core subjects + 1 High Performance subject
2 $8502.00 2 core subjects + 1 High Performance subject
3 $7746.00 2 core subjects + 1 High Performance subject
4 No fee Industry Training

Academic Requirements:
Completion of Year 12 with Band 2 or above in English EAL/D. Applicants with documented work experience and/or completion of a Certificate IV qualification (or equivalent) will also be considered.

English Proficiency Requirements (International Students):
IELTS 6.0 (overall band); TOEFL 69 or equivalent

Articulation, RPL and Credit Arrangements (if applicable):
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Sports Management (High Performance) are eligible to articulate into the ICMS Bachelor of Sports Management. Credit will be granted for a total of eight subjects. Similarly, students who successfully complete the Diploma of Sports Management (High Performance) may apply for direct entry into one of ICMS’ undergraduate degrees.

Applicants who do not meet the standard admission criteria may apply for admission to the Foundation program. Applicants who do not meet the standard English language criteria may apply for a provisional entry to the Diploma and complete additional English language study.

Applicants with recent secondary education.

Recommended studies: Completion of NSW HSC (or equivalent) with a minimum Band 2 in English Standard or English EAL/D.

Undergraduate Term dates

Term Orientation Start (Week 1) Census Dates End of Term Finish
February 2018 Mon 12th February 2018 Mon 19th February 2018 Friday 9th March 2018 Fri 18th May 2018 Sat 19th May 2018
May 2018 Wed 30th May 2018 Mon 4th June 2018 Friday 22nd June 2018 Fri 31st August 2018 Sat 1st September 2018
September 2018 Wed 12th September 2018 Mon 17th September 2018 Friday 5th October 2018 Fri 14th December 2018 Sat 15th December 2018
February 2019 Mon 11th February 2019 Mon 18th February 2019 Friday 8th March 2019 Fri 17th May 2019 Sat 18th May 2019
May 2019 Wed 29th May 2019 Mon 3rd June 2019 Friday 21st June 2019 Fri 30th August 2019 Sat 31st August 2019
September 2019 Wed 11th September 2019 Mon 16th September 2019 Friday 4th October 2019 Fri 13th December 2019 Sat 14th December 2019
February 2020 Mon 10th February 2020 Mon 17th February 2020 Friday 6th March 2020 Fri 15th May 2020 Sat 16th May 2020
May 2020 Wed 27th May 2020 Mon 1st June 2020 Friday 19th June 2020 Fri 28th August 2020 Sat 29th August 2020
September 2020 Wed 9th September 2020 Mon 14th September 2020 Friday 2nd October 2020 Fri 11th December 2020 Sat 12th December 2020

Yes on a case-by-case basis. You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal.

Indicative class sizes generally remain small with a focus on greater teacher-to-student interaction.

CRICOS Course Code: 097377J


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Where the ISCA diploma can take you

This course is specifically designed for aspiring athletes, administrators, development officers, coaches, strength & conditioning staff and sports trainers – both male & female. Students will be provided with the best possible support to enable their continuation and completion of the Diploma qualification. Students will not only have the opportunity to achieve this qualification, but also to articulate into year two of a degree at ICMS or other institution.*