This Diploma has been specifically designed to equip students with theoretical knowledge, understanding and the applicable skills for a successful employment trajectory within the world of Sports. The overarching aim of the Diploma is to demonstrate student’s competence in applying learnt skills, knowledge and professional development when working directly in an administrative and eventually managerial position. 

The programme provides the required experiences to link theory to practice, developing skills and competencies as well as personal qualities and attitudes which are essential for sports management. During the course, students will be encouraged to engage in critical and reflective discussions related to the Sports sector. Furthermore, students will also be able to make use of the practical tools related to different aspects of sports and management.

Knowledge: Learners will be exposed to the theoretical and practical features of Sports Management. Students begin with an introduction the world of sports, administration and management. The guiding principles of leadership and management are presented, prior to exposing students to focused roles within the sports industry, such as; marketing, organisation strategy, sports psychology, event planning, journalism, governance and finance. As part of the entire course, students will be exposed to an introduction to research methods as part of theoretical components of the course. The research methods module provides all students with he necessary preparation to conduct small-Level 5 research projects within an existing sports organisation/facility, in view of furthering their studies to MQF Level 6 top-up courses. 

Skills: Learners will develop an awareness and understanding of the external and internal factors that affect effective management of a sports organisation, comprehend the importance and role of psychology and governance, to ensure a sustainable operation is maintained within the field of sports. 

Competencies: Learners will be able to exercise self-management within the sports industry, implement specific project and team strategies, monitor progress of change implementation and be held accountable for the needs of the organisation. In doing so, they will be competent and fully aware of the importance of people leadership and management, sport industry trends and collaborate with various departments and stakeholders. 

Target Audience & Occupation   

This Diploma is suitable for individuals who wish to work, or who are currently working within the Sports industry and are looking to further their knowledge. Furthermore, the course also targets those aspiring for managerial positions with the field of sports. On completion of the Diploma, successful learners can apply for employment within the sports sector and will have benefited from this up-skilling learning experience.  

Students will be able to undertake further studies within Sports Management, work towards a promotion in the current occupation and/or simply aim at personal and professional development. 

The course prepares students tp work within the administrative or managerial aspects of a sporting organisation. Students she be able to secure jobs in different areas, including;

  • Events Management Organisations;
  • Sports Marketing Organisations;
  • Local Sport Clubs & Amateur Sport Organisations; and 
  • Player Management Organisations. 

Successful students can progress to Level 6 qualifications on completion of this course (suggested progression would be to MQF Level 6 Undergraduate Degree in Sports Management).


Malta/EU Fee


Fee per academic year for Non-EU/Non-EAA applicants: €7,000.

Flexi-payment terms available.



Receive up to 70% refund with the Get Qualified Scheme.

Malta Qualifications Framework

The Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) assists in making the Maltese qualifications system easier to understand and review, and more transparent at a national and international level. The Malta Qualifications Framework is also a referencing tool that helps to describe and compare both national and foreign qualifications to promote quality, transparency and mobility of qualifications in all types of education. It is mainly referenced to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) as well as to other non-European qualifications frameworks.

The reference levels make it easier to understand what a learner with a qualification related to the Malta Qualifications Framework knows, understands and is able to do. These levels are neutral reference points to be used for all qualifications irrespective of whether they arise from academic or vocational education; formal, informal and non-formal learning.  These are useful for education and training providers as they describe the knowledge, skills and competences and a set of learning outcomes which indicate to the learner the end of a learning process.

Malta established its Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) in 2007 and the Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) is the local competent authority to recognise qualifications and accredit courses against the Malta Qualifications Framework.

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24 Months


October, 2022


Face to face/Blended


  • Introduction to the World of Sports Administration and Management (6 ECTS)
  • Strategic Leadership in Sports (8 ECTS)
  • Strategic People Management in Sport Organisations (8 ECTS)
  • Principles of Sport Marketing (8 ECTS)
  • Strategic Sport Organisation Management (10 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology (10 ECTS)
  • Research Methods in Sport (10 ECTS)
  • Sport Facility Management and Event Planning  (8 ECTS)
  • Sports Journalism and Media (8 ECTS)
  • Governance in Sport (8 ECTS)
  • Finance for Sport Managers (8 ECTS)
  • Sports Psychology for Managers (8 ECTS)
  • Sport Placement* (10 ECTS)
  • Research Project (10 ECTS)


All modules are mandatory to qualify for this complete 120 ECTS MQF Level 5 Diploma. However, students may choose to study singular modules, at their own pace, based on selective-modular basis. This option is ideal for those currently working within the industry, looking to up-skill in a specific area of sports, for example events management 

Students who fail to pass/complete all mandatory units will be given exit Awards from Avanza Training Academy, detailing the specific modules achieved and the number of ECTS/ECVETs gained. 

*As part of the course, students are requested to complete a work-based learning placement within a Sports organisation/facility for a total of 250 hours. All placements are arranged by Avanza Training Academy to ensure all students are provided with mentoring support from the respective organisation Owner/Manager.

Award in Business & Communication (MQF Level 4, 60 ECTS) awarded by Avanza Academy or comparable qualifications;


Matriculation Certification and Secondary Education Certificate holding Maths, English and Maltese at Grade 5 or better or comparable qualifications;


Mature Students as per Avanza Academy’s Internal Quality Assurance document. Individuals applying under the clause of mature students may be asked to sit for an interview or aptitude test prior to the admission to the course.

Each module will be assessed based on a mixture of formative and summative assessments methods;

Formative; Individual/Group Presentations, Discussions, Classroom/Placement Observations. All formative assessment methods will occur during each module and Tutors will provide students with on-going feedback throughout the course.

Summative; End of Module Exam (where applicable) Module Essay, End of Course Case Study and Placement Assessment. All summative assessment methods will occur at the end of each module and will evaluate the student learning.


Mauro Gasan

With over 20 years of experience in Hospitality, Mauro, is the Managing director of a destination management and sports event company in Malta, with international offices in Italy, France, Belgium and the UK. Graduated from ITS and from the Johan Cruyff Institute, Mauro is currently reading for a Master’s in Hospitality and Tourism.

Mark Bonello Ghio

Mark Bonello Ghio is a member of ACCA and a Senior Data Analyst after achieving a Master’s degree in Business Analytics from the University of Manchester.

Mark has obtained experience in various industries, inclusive of e-payments, accounting, finance and education.


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