Online Microcredential in Psychology & Mental Health

Sports Coaching

Learn how to develop, lead, and motivate high performing sports teams using impactful sports coaching strategies.

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Deakin UniversityDeakin University

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Upskill in sports leadership and coaching to maximise your team's performance

Coaching skills have become increasingly sought after for improving team and individual training.

On this microcredential, you’ll be empowered to become a confident and inspirational sports coach.

Using the international coaching experience of business and elite sports coach, Paddy Upton, you’ll explore concepts from sports psychology, coaching, and leadership that can be applied to teams in a number of contexts.

You’ll discover the value of using motivational strategies and insights to improve your sports leadership skills and become a more effective, successful coach.

Deakin’s Sport Management courses are ranked #1 in Australia and 3rd globally.*

*Academic Ranking of World Universities

This microcredential offers 1 credit towards a Postgraduate degree at Deakin University, equivalent to international standards as detailed below:

Deakin University UK credit modules ECTS* US Credit
1 credit 15 credits 7.5 credits 4 hrs

*European Credit Transfer System

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

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What skills will you learn?

  • Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • Culture Building
  • Player-centred Coaching
  • Self-coaching
  • Psychology of leadership
  • Sports leadership
  • Sports-management
  • Values-based coaching

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Investigate the impact of a coach- or player-centred approach on player development and performance and apply those principles in practice
  • Recognise the changing landscape of coaching/leadership and apply innovative approaches to coaching that move beyond instructing
  • Investigate the role successful coaches play in developing a positive and cohesive team culture and apply this in practice
  • Analyse the difference between the thinking and the instinctive brain and evaluate how their separate functions impact key moments when applying frameworks and strategies for coaching the mental game

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

There is no prerequisite requirement for this microcredential. However, it is designed for leaders looking to improve their ability to manage and lead teams, so an undergraduate degree or relevant professional experience is recommended.

To claim recognition of prior learning for this microcredential into a pathway degree course at Deakin, you’ll need to prove your English language skills at IELTS 6.5 or above and meet residency requirements for any on-campus enrolments.

Is this microcredential right for you?

The ability to coach high-performing teams is essential for anyone coaching at an elite sporting level. You’ll gain insights into the psychology behind coaching and learn from one of the best minds in the field.

The skills learned on this microcredential will particularly benefit:

  • current or prospective coaches looking to broaden their skills and become a better coach and trainer
  • athletes transitioning to professional PT work
  • students considering postgraduate study in sports or nutrition
  • anyone interested in applying sports coaching methods to develop teams in business.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll have access to our online welcome area where you’ll be able to start conversations with fellow learners and read any announcements or additional information relating to your microcredential.

  • Course

    From 19 Oct 2020

    Sports Coaching

    Discover and explore the intricacies of coaching in the knowledge era, coaching the mental game and being player-centred.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Upon successful completion of this microcredential you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and digital badge from Deakin University.

What you will receive

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at Postgraduate level from Deakin University

The academic credit earned from this microcredential is equal to one unit of postgraduate study at Deakin University.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

A Digital Certification Badge from Deakin University

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

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Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

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Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

Delivered by experts

I'm a Professor of Practice at Deakin University, coach of professional cricket teams and athletes, and business coach - which I do to support my surfing, fishing and stand-up paddling habits

I teach in the Master of Applied Sport Science at Deakin and my PhD examined the philosophies of basketball coaches. I have conducted research with Swimming Australia and Australian Football League.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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I have loved the course and learnt so much

"I have loved the course and learnt so much. I’m excited to go and apply it into my coaching life"

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"I’ve really enjoyed the course, it has certainly changed my perspective on coaching."

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    You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

    Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

    There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

    No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

    If you wish to continue your studies in sports or business and you meet Deakin University’s entry criteria, you’ll receive academic credit equal to one unit towards a relevant Deakin postgraduate award course.

    Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.