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 programme aids in the development of 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. 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.

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 to work within the administrative or managerial aspects of a sporting organisation. Students shall 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 who complete successfully the one-year Diploma in Sports Management (120 ECTS) 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).

Total Contact hours 300
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 900
Assesment hours 300

Malta/EU Fee


Flexi-payment terms available.



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Malta Further and Higher Education Authority

The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) was officially launched on the 8th of January 2021 and is legislated by the revised Education Act which came into force on the 1st of January 2021. Our tagline is ‘Quality Education for Confident Futures.’

Our mission statement is:

“to foster the development and achievement of excellence in further and higher education in Malta through research, effective licensing, accreditation, quality assurance, and recognition of qualifications established under the Malta Qualifications Framework.”

The MFHEA focuses on:

  • providing accreditation to further and higher educational institutions;
  • providing accreditation to programmes or courses of studies at further and higher education levels;
  • quality assurance of both educational institutions and programmes or courses;
  • recognition of obtained national or international qualifications as well as prospective qualifications;
  • validation of informal and non-formal learning;
  • research and policy recommendations on issues related to further and higher education.

The MFHEA is an independent, transparent, and international authority. We work to ensure the highest standards and to foster a competent community of empowered individuals, with the right skills to follow their dreams and make the future happen.

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12 Months


September, 2024


Face to face/Blended


Delivered in English



Strategic Leadership in Sports – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 8 ECTS

  1. Deal with different types of tools that can be used to lead in organisations;
  2. Manage own team in an effective and beneficial manner for the success of the organisation overall;
  3. Represent the organisation or club in an effective manner;
  4. Monitor developments in the sport industry which might directly or indirectly affect the organisation;
  5. Deal with different challenges present for sport organisation leaders and find ways to overcome such challenges accordingly;
  6. Prepare or assist in the preparation of short-term and long-term challenges in the club or sport organisation;
Total Contact hours 40
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 120
Assessment hours 40
Assessment Criteria

Individual Assignment (40%), Examination (50%) & Observation & Participation (10%)

Strategic People Management in Sport Organisations – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 8 ECTS

  1. Propose different ways of implementing strategic human resource management strategies in sports organizations;
  2. Manage recruitment, retention and motivation processes effectively;
  3. Carry out tasks related to strategic people management within organizations;
  4. Comply with laws and regulations covering employment in the sports industry;
Total Contact hours 40
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 120
Assessment hours 40
Assessment Criteria

Individual Presentation (40%), Report (50%) & Observation & Participation (10%)

Strategic Sport Organisations Management – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 10 ECTS

  1. Carry out internal and external analysis to compile a strategic plan;
  2. Prepare or assist in the preparation of a strategic plan;
  3. Monitor changes within an organisation;
  4. Design different processes to carry out strategic analysis;
Total Contact hours 50
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 150
Assessment hours 50
Assessment Criteria

Group Presentation (40%), Individual Assignment (50%) & Observation & Participation (10%)

Introduction to Sports Psychology – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 10 ECTS

  1. Manage or supervise the managing of motivation in employees within a sport organisation;
  2. Carry out tasks under pressure and perform during anxiety, arousal and stress;
  3. Manage own stress to be able to perform under pressure;
  4. Conduct stress appraisal strategies;
  5. Apply the theories of sport psychology to the industry;
Total Contact hours 50
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 150
Assessment hours 50
Assessment Criteria

Individual Examination (50%), Individual Assignment (40%) & Observation & Participation (10%)

Sports Journalism and Media – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 8 ECTS

  1. Distinguish between different theories of journalism;
  2. Identify different sources of journalism and report media;
  3. Distinguish between different ‘readers’ and ‘markets’;
  4. Assess current trends and needs in sports journalism;
  5. Examine the relevance of articles and news reports;
  6. Identify different types of sports stories;
Total Contact hours 40
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 120
Assessment hours 40
Assessment Criteria

Individual Assignment (80%) & Observation & Participation (20%)

Governance in Sports – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 8 ECTS

  1. Monitor the level of governance being practised within a given sport organisation;
  2. Comply with the rules, regulations, policies and practices stipulated by the sport organisation within which one operates in;
  3. Collaborate with the board and respect their role within the organisation;
  4. Deal with governance issues and challenges that might arise in sporting organisations
Total Contact hours 40
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 120
Assessment hours 40
Assessment Criteria

Individual Assignment (80%) & Observation & Participation (20%)

Finance for Sports Managers – EQF/MQF Level 5 – 8 ECTS

  1. Deal with financial statements;
  2. Provide an overview of the expenses, donations, fees, ticket pricing etc. of organisations;
  3. Be responsible for keeping the organization up to date with any financial issues and updates in the industry;
  4. Identify unnecessary expenses being incurred by the organization;
  5. Observe and comply with organization regulations and policies regarding financial management;
  6. Monitor incoming and outgoing money and monitor expenditure of the organization;
Total Contact hours 40
Supervised Placement and Practice hours 0
Self Study hours 120
Assessment hours 40
Assessment Criteria

Group Assignment (30%), Individual Assignment (60%) & Participation & Observation (10%)

Award in Business & Communication (MQF Level 4, 60 ECTS) awarded by Avanza Academy or comparable qualifications; OR Matriculation Certification and Secondary Education Certificate holding Maths, English and Maltese at Grade 5 or better or comparable qualifications; OR 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 ongoing 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 evaluate student learning.


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