Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Approved by Senate 12 October 2017

Commencing from Semester 1, 2019.

Domestic students can apply from August 2018


Available to:
International students only.
CRICOS:
096799F
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map will require students to enrol in Summer and Winter units which might not be feasible/attractive for some students. Therefore, a course map is also offered for students seeking a traditional 3-year progression.

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The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, the technologies available for monitoring and training athletes, and the relationships between nutrition, injury and performance. The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.

The Bachelor of High Performance Sport degree provides an extensive knowledge and skills base relevant to human performance, from the physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives. This provides not only the skills for professional practice in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, and the strength and conditioning of athletes, but also the skills for applying exercise prescription principles across the lifespan for healthy lifestyles and in injury and disease. The course aims to produce graduates with strong understanding and skills for the assessment, design and delivery of meaningful programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret competition and training information, required in high performance sport and related industries. Graduates should also have the capacity to apply their knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner, with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking, and the pursuit of further learning to maintain relevance in their chosen career and industry. The degree meets the professional requirements for accreditation with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, and provides significant industry experience opportunities for students.

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map will require students to enrol in Summer and Winter units which might not be feasible/attractive for some students. Therefore, a course map is also offered for students seeking a traditional 3-year progression.

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information
Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sport organisations
  • Sports institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports scientist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Performance analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports coach
  • Sports science manager
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Physical activity officer

Students must complete 200 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new degree is currently undergoing the ESSA Qualifying Accreditation process for the Brisbane, Strathfield or Melbourne campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Scientist level for graduates in the program from 2019.
*Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course.

(B) Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: This degree will soon seek accreditation at ASCA Level 1 and partial accreditation at ASCA Level 2 for graduates in the program from 2019.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions

Domestic Students

The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, the technologies available for monitoring and training athletes, and the relationships between nutrition, injury and performance. The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.

The Bachelor of High Performance Sport degree provides an extensive knowledge and skills base relevant to human performance, from the physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives. This provides not only the skills for professional practice in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, and the strength and conditioning of athletes, but also the skills for applying exercise prescription principles across the lifespan for healthy lifestyles and in injury and disease. The course aims to produce graduates with strong understanding and skills for the assessment, design and delivery of meaningful programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret competition and training information, required in high performance sport and related industries. Graduates should also have the capacity to apply their knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner, with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking, and the pursuit of further learning to maintain relevance in their chosen career and industry. The degree meets the professional requirements for accreditation with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, and provides significant industry experience opportunities for students.

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map will require students to enrol in Summer and Winter units which might not be feasible/attractive for some students. Therefore, a course map is also offered for students seeking a traditional 3-year progression.

Brisbane
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019
Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019
Strathfield
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sport organisations
  • Sports institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports scientist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Performance analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports coach
  • Sports science manager
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Physical activity officer

Students must complete 200 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new degree is currently undergoing the ESSA Qualifying Accreditation process for the Brisbane, Strathfield or Melbourne campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Scientist level for graduates in the program from 2019.
*Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course.

(B) Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: This degree will soon seek accreditation at ASCA Level 1 and partial accreditation at ASCA Level 2 for graduates in the program from 2019.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions