Published on 17 September 2015
Sport fanatics now have the opportunity to turn their passion into a career with the University of the Sunshine Coast’s introducing a Bachelor of Sports Studies from 2016.
This study program will equip students with Sport and Exercise Science knowledge as well as offering a range of complementary electives, including Marketing, Journalism or Business Management.
USC Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Dr Mark Sayers said the new degree was perfect for those keen to forge a career in the sports industry but who did not want or need to undertake advanced-level science studies.
“It’s very much a hands-on degree for someone passionate about sport,” said Dr Sayers, who has worked as a biomechanist and special skills coach for the New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team.
“As well as getting a very solid grounding in Sport and Exercise Science, students can do a full major or two minors in other areas like Business or Event Management.
“This degree allows students to choose their own adventure. They can come away with the skills for a career in coaching, sports event management, sports journalism or something else entirely.”
To cater to those interested in a career as a gym or fitness instructor, USC will now offer a one-year Diploma in Sports and Fitness.
This diploma covers key sports and fitness theory as well as hands-on practice, with the option to undertake electives to expand job prospects. It also can be used as credit towards a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or Bachelor of Sports Studies.
Dr Sayers said students of the Diploma in Sports and Fitness and the Bachelor of Sports Studies would have access to USC’s leading-edge sport and exercise facilities to help them prepare for their future careers.
Sunshine Coast Sports Federation Executive Officer Graeme Murphy, who has worked as a sport consultant and development officer and lectures at USC, is impressed with the new sports-related study programs.
“Graduates could see themselves employed with a range of sporting groups in roles like development officers or competition and event organisers,” Mr Murphy said.
“As the Sunshine Coast’s population increases, sport will keep growing and growing, and there will be a need for more people with Sports Studies backgrounds.”
USC will introduce a range of new study programs in 2016, including a Bachelor of Environmental Management, an Outdoor Education double degree and a Bachelor of Serious Games. For more information go to usc.edu.au/rise-and-shine.
— Gen Kennedy