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Qualification - Certificate in Sports Psychology

Course CodeVPS019
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours
Study Sports Psychology to learn more about improving your own coaching ability and helping sports people to improve their performance.

A must for anyone seriously interested in working with, or already works with, amateur and professional sports people.

  • To complete the certificate you are required to complete SIX 100 hour modules.
  • There are three CORE modules of - Sports Psychology, Motivation and Nutrition for Sports.
  • You then choose THREE ELECTIVE modules from Human Nutrition, Introduction to Psychology, Health and Wellbeing and many more....
  • Find out more below - 


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Sports Psychology .
 Motivation VBS111
 Sports Psychology BPS106
 Nutrition for Sports BRE303
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 16 modules.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Anger Management BPS111
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Health and Wellbeing BRE101
 Human Nutrition and Food 1 BRE102
 Introduction To Psychology BPS101
 Leadership BBS110
 Personal Energy Management VRE105
 Research Project I BGN102
 Developmental Psychology BPS210
 Human Nutrition and Food II BRE202
 Nutrition For Weight Control BRE210
 Human Nutrition and Food III BRE302
 Life Coaching BPS305
 Neuropsychology BPS306
 Psychopharmacology (Drugs and Psychology) BPS302

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Sports Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


The Study of Sports Psychology is important because:

  • To promote greater participation in sport, it is critical to know what motivates or de motivates participation in physical activity.
  • The individual's state of mind can have a significant effect upon both their participation and performance in sport.
  • Selection, training and achievement of athletes at an elite level in sport is affected by their individual psychology, as much as their physical condition and skill.

Instructors, Trainers, Coaches, Managers and others who work in sports, from an amateur or school level, right through to a professional level, are far more effective when they understand sports psychology.

The things learned in this course may be applied across a broad range of situations, such as:

  • Teaching children in schools or amateur sporting clubs
  • Conducting sporting activities for elderly, disabled or other demographic groups
  • Helping elite athletes and sports persons to develop strategies to deal with competition and training.
  • Helping coaches and managers in their communication and interpersonal skills
  • Working with health promotion staff to increase the motivation to exercise and maintain the exercise in individuals who are mainly sedentary.
  • Using research to maximise practice and fitness regimes.
  • Counselling individuals who have been injured.
  • Advising younger sports persons on how to deal with family, problems, disappointment, homesickness etc.

Learn to Manage the Psychology as well as the Performance

Managing individuals, teams and events in a sporting context can often involve understanding and responding appropriately to the psychology of those involved.

Participants and spectators can both sometimes take sporting activities too seriously. You may often hear people say "It's just a game"; but in reality, the state of mind of some individuals may not see sport as "just a game".

Sporting competition can generate anxiety, anger, stress, depression, elation and many other types of emotions.
Healthy anger is just as normal as any other human emotion, and those who deny angry feelings are usually projecting them onto other people, who are then unjustly accused of aggressive behaviour.  Anger resulting from failure or frustration can have a negative effect on a sportsperson’s performance.  For example, if a rugby player is grabbed by another player, they may become angry and try to retaliate by trying to hit the opponent.  Retaliation can result in an automatic shift of attention from the game to the opponent. There is a break in concentration, increased arousal and consequently performance suffers.   Athletes need to learn more concentration strategies to prevent breaks in concentration or help them refocus when concentration breaks.  

Here are some comments on anger, and how to deal with it constructively:

  • Anger is created by the desire or expectation that things should be different/better. Our anger is usually directed at persons, groups or things that we believe block these expectations.
  • Trying to change other people can create anger. Similarly, anger can often be eased if we stop trying to change others.
  • Anger is sometimes used to hide less acceptable feelings such as fear or hurt.
  • As with any other behaviour, dealing with anger becomes easier with practice.


What do our students think of the course?

Mario Rimati, a Football Coach and Physical Education Teacher said "The course was useful for my goalkeeper coaching practices. (It) met my expectations and gave me some good insights. I liked the way the course was structured, especially the way I could work at my own pace WITHOUT any pressure. the course has specifically helped with ideas for motivating players."
Improve your knowledge of the use of psychology in sports to improve performance and coaching!
This course is a must for anyone serious about improving their knowledge of sports psychology.
So if you already work in sports or want to work in sports - think seriously about studying this course.
Enrol now to find out more..

Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).
Gavin ColePsychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin is both a highly experienced Psychologist and tutor. Gavin has over 25 years experience in the Psychology industry, and has been working with ACS since 2001. He has worked in both Australia and England, and has been involved in writing numerous books and courses in Psychology and Counselling

Check out our eBooks

Human NutritionBoth a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Disposition or Lifestyle”, “How to find Reliable Information on Nutrition” and “Understanding how Diet relates to Different Parts of the Body” (including Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Circulatory System, the Brain, etc). This ebook was written to complement the ACS Nutrition I course, and provides a solid foundation for anyone wanting to grasp a fundamental understanding of Human Nutrition. 41 pages
LeadershipWhat makes a good leader? Is it an innate personality trait or a skill that can be acquired? This book is an excellent guide to the theories and practice of leadership. It is full of interesting facts about social dynamics and examples of leadership styles. For those who are curious or in need of some leadership skills, this book will provide both entertainment and advice.
Counselling HandbookFull of interesting case studies, this ebook is a wonderful introduction to the complex world of the human psyche. Chapters include: Using Counselling, Seeing Behind the Mask, Emotions and Attitudes, Communicating Better, Theory vs Practice, Diffusing Difficult Situations and Golden Rules for Counselors. 43 pages
How to be a Life CoachLife coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person’s life.