The Chisholm Sports Academy program allows you to undertake a sports-focused senior secondary certificate that incorporates elite level basketball, netball or football coaching, supported by a strength and conditioning program.

VCE VCAL Rising Stars basketball studentsThe senior secondary component is delivered by Victorian Institute of Teaching registered teachers, and the sporting component by ex-Olympic and elite level coaches and exercise science staff. Delivered at our Cranbourne location utilising the world-class facilities at Casey Stadium and Casey Fields for the athletic components of the program. All training venues are close to the campus.

You will gain real world industry experience through Chisholm’s network of partner organisations and be provided with exclusive work placement opportunities. And of course, you can continue to play or coach for your club OR team while completing your studies with the Chisholm Sports Academy.

Successful completion of the Chisholm Sports Academy Rising Stars program provides pathways into a range sport, recreation and fitness programs allowing you to gain employment within the sport and recreation industry.

There are two senior secondary programs available

VCE Rising Stars

Our Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) is the same qualification as at secondary school. VCE is a two-year program and the Academy offers VCE Units 1 and 2, and 3 and 4. The program is specially designed for you to combine your VCE studies and sporting passion while ensuring you’re eligible for US College scholarship, or further study at TAFE or university.

VCAL Rising Stars

VCE VCAL Rising Stars football studentsThe Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) focuses on practical, work-related, industry skills. There are two qualification levels, each one year in duration. Intermediate (Year 11) VCAL includes a Certificate II in Community Services (CHC22015), and is themed towards the sport and recreation industry focusing on community development, facilitating programs for youth, disability and aged care groups.

Senior (Year 12) VCAL includes a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (SIS30115), focusing on skills to support a developing athlete and to gain entry level employment within the sports industry.

You can enter the program at the intermediate level after Year 10, or the senior level after Year 11 (VCAL or VCE).

Why Rising Stars

  • Chisholm Sports Academy is focused on providing a high-performance environment, encouraging you to be your best in sport, study and life
  • Three mornings per week of expert coaching, including ex-Olympic coach Brendan Joyce and ex-MFC Footballer Corey Maynard or current Head Coach of Casey Demons VNL Robyn Pym
  • Support on determining US College eligibility for VCAL/VCE students (basketball stream)
  • Individual strength and conditioning program
  • Access to exclusive work placements in the sports industry.


Commencing February each year.

Admission Information

Submit your expression of interest, and we will invite you to attend a practical try-out and interview to determine your suitability.

View VCAL Intermediate page

View VCAL Senior page

View VCE page