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Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies)

About this course

The Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) was developed in response to industry demand and in conjunction with Surfing Australia to provide the knowledge and skills required of employees and managers in the global surf industry.

The course provides the business skills to develop a career in sport management and in the surfing industry, including sport marketing, events planning, sport media, small business and entrepreneurship. It is also a potential pathway to studying the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

The curriculum provides a balance of sport management theory and the study of surf culture (surfing studies) and practical components for personal development. It also involves work experience in the industry.

Career opportunities

Graduates typically pursue employment in the surfing industry in various capacities, including the management of surfboard, surf accessories and clothing manufacturing; wholesale and retail sales of surfing products; surf tourism; surf journalism; and in the organisation and running of surf events and surf schools.

Professional recognition

This course is endorsed by Surfing Australia which also delivers the practical surfing components at their High Performance Centre at Casuarina, northern NSW.

Professional placement

Students can complete 150 hours of industry placement for practical work experience to complement their studies.

Major areas of study

The course provides the necessary business skills to develop a career in sport management and the surfing industry. Units of study include surfing culture, surfing technology, small business and entrepreneurship, sport marketing, event planning and management, and an internship in the workplace.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written assignments, oral presentations, written examinations, project reports and field skills testing.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Students access Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre (HPC), which is the world’s first facility dedicated to the development of elite surfers and coaches.

In addition, students have access to a thriving surf industry and to some of the best surf beaches in the world on Australia’s Tweed Gold Coast.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) a candidate shall successfully complete all units listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules and complete a minimum of seventy-five (75) hours of approved industry experience.
  2. To be eligible for the award of the Certificate of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) a candidate shall successfully complete four (4) units listed in the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules and complete a minimum of seventy-five (75) hours of approved industry experience

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'