Diploma of Football (Development, Management and Performance)

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Australian College of Physical Education
  • Awarded by

    Australian College of Physical Education

  • Qualification


  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    1 year full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start Date

    7 August 2023 or 4 March 2024

  • Location


  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Recreation Officer | Sports Administrator | Sports Coach | Sports Manager | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    The Diploma of Football (Development, Management & Performance) from Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is designed to prepare you for a career in the football industry - working on your skills, knowledge and understanding of the sport.

    In this unique diploma, you will explore a range of football codes (e.g. rugby union, rugby league, wheelchair rugby, soccer) and will learn how these sports are able to deliver exemplary practice in areas such as officiating, inclusion, management, coaching, and player development.

    The Diploma of Football has been designed working with the football industry. Your classes will be taught by industry professionals, and focus on real-life case studies of football organisations, professionals, and clubs. You will also undertake a minimum of 45 hours of professional placements in football-relevant environments.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) are not ATAR dependent.

    Some options for entry are:

    • A minimum NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent meeting required standards in relevant subjects.
    • An Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Tertiary Preparation Certificate from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification.
    • One year of full-time or an equivalent study in a degree course at a recognised higher education institute in Australia or an equivalent

    While a qualification can be accepted for admission into a diploma, associate degree or bachelor's degree study, a higher performance standard is required for bachelor's degree entry. Applicants who don't meet the required standard can pursue associate degree or diploma study. Upon successful completing the diploma or associate degree study, you can move into the bachelor's degree and apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. ACPE also offers various alternative entry pathways.

    For more information, please enquire.

  • Subject Breakdown

    While completing the Diploma of Football (Development, Management & Performance) from Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), you will study the following subjects:

    • SPB1301 - Managing the Sport and Recreation Industry
    • PER1103 - Coaching Techniques and Pedagogy
    • HSC1104 - Skill Acquisition
    • PER1112 - Football Principles and Practices
    • SPB1101 - Introduction to Sports Business
    • PER1205 - Officiating
    • PER1212 - Football Club Development and Support
    • PER1213 - Player Wellbeing
  • Why Australian College of Physical Education?

    The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s leading education providers when it comes to all things sports management, applied fitness, dance and physical education. Students here will graduate with the training to work as fitness professionals as well as the knowledge to manage their own businesses.

    ACPE is one of the oldest higher education providers in NSW, providing a premier learning experience for over 100 years. By gaining your qualification at ACPE, you will receive a nationally recognised credential and have access to world-class athletic facilities and training that draws in students from all over the globe.

    A key value for the team at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is to ensure their staff and students are well supported and are encouraged to develop both personally and professionally.

    ACPE has a Student Learning Services (SLS) resource centre which is a student’s hub for all things relating to academic skills and success throughout their studies. Students also have access to SMARTTHINKING - an online service that gives students 24-hour access to academic tutors and resources.

    **Want to get a feel for what it's like to study with ACPE? Head to their Open Day held at their Sydney campus on Saturday, 15th July. Enquire now for more event info.**


    All student testimonials for Australian College of Physical Education

    "ACPE has been great in understanding and being flexible to my needs as a student but also as a full-time athlete living mostly overseas. This is one of the main reasons i chose to study at ACPE because I had heard of the support given to elite athletes. The staff and unit co-ordinators within my faculty and course and have been overly helpful and always given me the best chance to complete all tasks wherever O am in the world. I would definitely recommend ACPE and my course in particular to anyone looking to study but to also have a good balance in life whether personal or sporting, and I am very grateful for having the support of ACPE."

  • Campus locations

    This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

    You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

  • Where will this course take you?

    On completion of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma of Football (Development, Management & Performance) from Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE). You will have the skills and knowledge required to take on a range of positions within administration and management of any football code in Australia.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in sports management could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Sporting Club Manager, Sponsorship Manager, Events Manager, General Manager (Sporting Association or League).

  • Let's talk price

    The College is accredited as an Institute of Higher Education by the Commonwealth Government, allowing eligible domestic ACPE students to access FEE-HELP.

    There are also other financial assistance packages available to assist students. Enquire for more information.


    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $48,361 (2022-23 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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