The Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420) is delivered through Richmond Football Club’s partnership with Swinburne University of Technology. This unique program is aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the sports industry

This dual diploma combines theory, practical and hands-on learning with a focus on real world skills and knowledge. Students will learn how to enhance athlete performance, manage people and teams, and become a leader.

As a part of the course, students are encouraged to complete 100 hours of industry work placement. This work placement must be relevant to the content of the course.

Regardless of your desired path into the sports industry, we’ll help you get there!

In partnership with Swinburne and the Richmond Football Club you will:


Diploma of Sport/Diploma of Leadership and Management (SIS50321/BSB50420)




(3 days per week)


1 year
February Intake


To see the units of study,

Course Information

Industry Placements
The dedicated Careers & Pathways team are committed to providing real employment and placement opportunities. Students can select from a range of placements with Richmond Football Club, Aligned Leisure and our sports industry network to complete the required 100 hours of industry placement. To see our sports industry network, click here.

Job Ready
The teaching staff work relentlessly with students to ensure they are job ready. The Career & Pathways team and variety of special guests, including Career Ahead support students to write resumes, prepare for interviews and increase confidence when applying for jobs. Assistance is provided to help students build their individual professional profile and stand out from the crowd.
Personal Development
All students are inspired to thrive and unleash their full potential. Personal development is heavily focused on throughout the course. This allows students to better understand themselves whilst improving their mental fitness, resilience, and connection to others. To see student testimonials, click here.
Certificates & Qualifications
Students will undertake HLTAID003 Provide First Aid.

On successful completion of the course, students may be eligible to apply for:

  • Level 1 ASCA Strength & Conditioning Qualification
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate
  • ASADA Level 1 & 2 Certificate
  • Sport Australia Coaching Certificate

Students may receive training in Pool Lifeguard and Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety qualifications to enable them to undertake placement and employment opportunities.

Ambassadors & Guest Speakers
Guest speakers, industry experts and formal ambassadors are regularly used as part of the program to provide their insights and experience about the industry. To see our ambassadors, click here.

Athletic Development
Students participate in 90 minutes of practical athletic development each day. They work closely with experienced Strength & Conditioning coaches to improve their physical fitness. Students will each have a personalised program that takes into account their individual abilities, experiences and interests.

Practical Learning
The teaching team consists of highly skilled and experienced staff who use a variety of teaching styles and methods to engage students. Learning is hands-on, practical and related to real-world and industry contexts.

Student Success Team
The Student Success team supports individual student engagement and wellbeing throughout the course. Students are provided access to Swinburne’s many services, including their professional health and medical services. Students are also allocated a Student Success Mentor who provides support and care whilst helping students thrive and achieve success.

National & International Trips
Students have the opportunity to attend national and international trips. To see more about previous trips to the Northern Territory, India, China and Indonesia. To see more about these trips, click here.

Further Education
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

Swinburne offers a range of undergraduate courses in Business and Exercise & Sport Science. Students who successfully complete the Dual Diploma may be eligible to progress into a related course or degree at Swinburne. Further information regarding pathways can be found by visiting the Swinburne website.

Career & Employment Opportunities
Occupational outcomes for this qualification can vary from managing competitions, sports venues and facilities and identifying and developing athletes. To see the pathways that students have taken, click here.

The following are indicative job roles for this qualification:

  • Competition manager
  • Program developer
  • Talent development manager
  • Sport development manager
  • Leisure and recreational facility coordinator
  • Leisure and recreational facility program development
  • Sport and recreation community development officer
  • Sport and recreation administration
  • Sport and recreation event management
  • Sport and recreation consumer business officer
Year 12 completion or equivalent

Refer to the course fees and requirements on Swinburne’s website here

Step 1: Register now.

Step 2: Attend an information session.

Step 3: Richmond Institute staff will conduct a phone interview and reference checks.

Step 4: Successful applicants will receive a letter of offer from the Richmond Institute and will be guided through the Swinburne application.

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