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Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning

Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning (GSCD)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May


  • Raise the bar with UniSQ’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 UniSQ 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

  • Completion of an Australian university three-year or four-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;
  • 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;
  • Completion of UniSQ's Graduate Certificate of Strength and Conditioning with a GPA of 4.5.

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree. Please read and understand the inherent requirements specific to the Graduate Diploma of Strength and Conditioning before applying.

If you think you may experience any problems meeting inherent requirements, you can talk to a Student Equity Officer about reasonable adjustments that may be put in place to assist you. Any reasonable adjustments made must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


UniSQ 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.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Total 8

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

Residential schools

You are required to attend one mandatory residential schools on the UniSQ 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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

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

AUD 30920

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

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.


At UniSQ, 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 UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August
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