Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or  equivalent part-time.

ATAR/OP (2017):
  • Brisbane (17/63)
  • Melbourne (59.85)
  • Strathfield (58.50)
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The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science focuses on the roles and benefits of physical activity, exercise and healthy lifestyles. The degree provides a strong academic base in the foundations of health science, into exercise promotion, prescription and delivery, and for physical activity across the lifespan. It focuses on the practical skills required to become leaders in Outdoor Education, HPE Teaching, Coaching and Health Promotion professions.  The skills are developed while studying the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of health, physical activity and sport related behaviours. They are further explored in the contexts of community health, personal well-being, leadership in outdoor education and sports performance. Students can choose from a range of electives in the specialised areas of physical education, leadership in outdoor education, sports coaching, and/or health and health promotion. Opportunities for industry-relevant practicum experience are embedded in the degree. The  course aims to produce graduates with a strong academic base in health science disciplines related to physical activity and exercise, with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner.

From year one, students are introduced to physical activity and exercise engagement, health  promotion, and are given a foundation in health science as it relates to human function and performance. This includes fundamental concepts in anatomy, physiology, and human growth and development. Students also commence elective studies in areas of academic or vocational interest.

3 years full-time or  equivalent part-time.

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July
  • Average first year fee: $8034 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only)
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.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

New South Wales

  • Recommended studies: English advanced, personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE) ; mathematics; plus one of biology, chemistry or physics.

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)
  • Recommended studies : One of health, physical education, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry or science 21.

Victoria

  • Prerequisites : A study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.
Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

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
  • Commercial and educational outdoor leader
  • Adventure therapy
  • Outdoor tourism leadership
  • Camp director/manager/programmer
  • Exercise scientist
  • Sports scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports coach
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports science manager
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant

Students must complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience – these can be:

  • commenced, in part, in Year 2 and completed in Year 3
    or
  • completed entirely in Year 3.

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Dependent upon elective unit choices, the offering of a major that meets ESSA Graduate Entry Membership requirements will provide these graduates with an avenue to pursue further study in order to attain EP accreditation; importantly, ACU offers a NUCAP-accredited postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course for EP accreditation (upon application). This major also has provides the potential for these graduates to attain membership of ESSA at the ES level.

Teacher registration

Dependent upon elective unit choices, a graduate can seek teacher registration by undertaking a Graduate Diploma or Masters in Teaching, with each state having specific discipline requirements. In Victoria, it is the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), in New South Wales, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and in Queensland, the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). This revised degree will continue to meet the specific registration requirements in each state, with the unit sequence structured to meet them.

Equivalent registration of Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness

The revised course is mapped against the required competencies to facilitate student application for equivalent registration of Certificate III and IV in Fitness by completion of 2nd Year.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)

Graduates will be eligible for membership with ACHPER. The benefits of membership are access to professional development programs, reduced registration costs to national conferences and access to seminars and workshops.

Some professional experience placements require employment screening/police checks.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent upon elective choices)
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students with a grade point average of 5.75, preparing for higher degree research
  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses (dependent upon elective choices and relevant practicum experience)
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices)

The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science allows students to choose elective majors (8 units) in Health and Physical Education  teaching or Leadership in Outdoor Education. The HPE teaching major is  available on the Strathfield campus. The Leadership in Outdoor Education major is offered on the Melbourne campus. Students can also choose 2 elective minors (4 units each) in Leadership in Outdoor Education and Health Promotion as part of their Physical Activity and Health Science degree.  These Minor study areas are available at the Melbourne, Strathfield and Brisbane campuses.

Domestic Students

The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science focuses on the roles and benefits of physical activity, exercise and healthy lifestyles. The degree provides a strong academic base in the foundations of health science, into exercise promotion, prescription and delivery, and for physical activity across the lifespan. It focuses on the practical skills required to become leaders in Outdoor Education, HPE Teaching, Coaching and Health Promotion professions.  The skills are developed while studying the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of health, physical activity and sport related behaviours. They are further explored in the contexts of community health, personal well-being, leadership in outdoor education and sports performance. Students can choose from a range of electives in the specialised areas of physical education, leadership in outdoor education, sports coaching, and/or health and health promotion. Opportunities for industry-relevant practicum experience are embedded in the degree. The  course aims to produce graduates with a strong academic base in health science disciplines related to physical activity and exercise, with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner.

From year one, students are introduced to physical activity and exercise engagement, health  promotion, and are given a foundation in health science as it relates to human function and performance. This includes fundamental concepts in anatomy, physiology, and human growth and development. Students also commence elective studies in areas of academic or vocational interest.

3 years full-time or  equivalent part-time.

Brisbane
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019
Melbourne
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-2019
Strathfield
  • 12-Feb-2018 , 11-Feb-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.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $2650.00 (2018)
  • Average first year fee: $21200.00 (2018)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $63600.00 (2018)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. 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.

Equivalent to Australian High School completion plus academic IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in all tests).

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.
International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

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
  • Commercial and educational outdoor leader
  • Adventure therapy
  • Outdoor tourism leadership
  • Camp director/manager/programmer
  • Exercise scientist
  • Sports scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports coach
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports science manager
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant

Students must complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience – these can be:

  • commenced, in part, in Year 2 and completed in Year 3
    or
  • completed entirely in Year 3.

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Dependent upon elective unit choices, the offering of a major that meets ESSA Graduate Entry Membership requirements will provide these graduates with an avenue to pursue further study in order to attain EP accreditation; importantly, ACU offers a NUCAP-accredited postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course for EP accreditation (upon application). This major also has provides the potential for these graduates to attain membership of ESSA at the ES level.

Teacher registration

Dependent upon elective unit choices, a graduate can seek teacher registration by undertaking a Graduate Diploma or Masters in Teaching, with each state having specific discipline requirements. In Victoria, it is the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT), in New South Wales, the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and in Queensland, the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). This revised degree will continue to meet the specific registration requirements in each state, with the unit sequence structured to meet them.

Equivalent registration of Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness

The revised course is mapped against the required competencies to facilitate student application for equivalent registration of Certificate III and IV in Fitness by completion of 2nd Year.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)

Graduates will be eligible for membership with ACHPER. The benefits of membership are access to professional development programs, reduced registration costs to national conferences and access to seminars and workshops.

Some professional experience placements require employment screening/police checks.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent upon elective choices)
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students with a grade point average of 5.75, preparing for higher degree research
  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses (dependent upon elective choices and relevant practicum experience)
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices)

The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science allows students to choose elective majors (8 units) in Health and Physical Education  teaching or Leadership in Outdoor Education. The HPE teaching major is  available on the Strathfield campus. The Leadership in Outdoor Education major is offered on the Melbourne campus. Students can also choose 2 elective minors (4 units each) in Leadership in Outdoor Education and Health Promotion as part of their Physical Activity and Health Science degree.  These Minor study areas are available at the Melbourne, Strathfield and Brisbane campuses.

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