Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
096065M
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

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The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education degree has core studies that provide an extensive knowledge and skills base in human health, wellness and performance, with a specific focus on the role of sport, exercise and outdoor education. This is addressed from a psychological, physiological, exercise prescription and outdoor education perspective, explored in the contexts of community health, well-being, recreational physical activity, sports performance and outdoor education leadership. Industry-relevant practicum experience is embedded in the course

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).

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC201
Foundations of the outdoor experience
EXSC347
Nutrition and exercise
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC202
Journeying in the natural world
(Pre: EXSC201)
EXSC229
Leadership development in team games
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC290
The aquatic environment and the outdoor experience
EXSC189
Research and ethics in exercise science
Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC198
Physiological bases of exercise
EXSC390
Leadership and the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
Elective
Year 2 – Semester 2 Industry experience preparation    
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC392
Leadership development in physical activity
EXSC312
River journeys and connection to place
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC399
Industry experience
(Pre: EXSC205)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EXSC391
Evaluation of the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC390)
Elective Elective

*Equivalent registration of Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness. Depending on the elective units chosen, students can fulfil the required competencies to facilitate student application for equivalent registration of Certificate III and IV in Fitness by completion of second year or after.
**Map may vary depending on campus.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

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 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Average first year fee: $8654 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
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.

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

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) - Band 3
  • Recommended studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)
  • Recommended studies: Health Education, Physical Education, Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: A study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English

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

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

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Further information

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

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
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Corporate fitness
  • Commercial and educational outdoor leader
  • Adventure therapy
  • Outdoor recreation leadership
  • Camp director/manager/programmer
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Sports coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant

Students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience (practicum).

Principles of community engagement are integrated throughout this course, and are explicit in the professional experience (practicum) units.

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 preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices)

Students become part of ACU’s national and international commitment to community engagement and outreach to populations in need, both in Australia and overseas. Students can undertake practicum placements in a range of challenging and inspiring settings, informed by the work of leading ACU specialists in the fields of outdoor recreation/leadership, exercise science, health science, health promotion, allied health, education, and community engagement.

Domestic Students

The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education degree has core studies that provide an extensive knowledge and skills base in human health, wellness and performance, with a specific focus on the role of sport, exercise and outdoor education. This is addressed from a psychological, physiological, exercise prescription and outdoor education perspective, explored in the contexts of community health, well-being, recreational physical activity, sports performance and outdoor education leadership. Industry-relevant practicum experience is embedded in the course

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Brisbane
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Melbourne
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020
Strathfield
  • 11-Feb-2019 , 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020

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
Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC201
Foundations of the outdoor experience
EXSC347
Nutrition and exercise
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC202
Journeying in the natural world
(Pre: EXSC201)
EXSC229
Leadership development in team games
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC290
The aquatic environment and the outdoor experience
EXSC189
Research and ethics in exercise science
Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC198
Physiological bases of exercise
EXSC390
Leadership and the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
Elective
Year 2 – Semester 2 Industry experience preparation    
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC392
Leadership development in physical activity
EXSC312
River journeys and connection to place
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC399
Industry experience
(Pre: EXSC205)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EXSC391
Evaluation of the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC390)
Elective Elective

*Equivalent registration of Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness. Depending on the elective units chosen, students can fulfil the required competencies to facilitate student application for equivalent registration of Certificate III and IV in Fitness by completion of second year or after.
**Map may vary depending on campus.

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

  • Unit Fee: $2783.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22264.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $66792.00 (2019)

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.

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

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
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Corporate fitness
  • Commercial and educational outdoor leader
  • Adventure therapy
  • Outdoor recreation leadership
  • Camp director/manager/programmer
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Sports coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant

Students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience (practicum).

Principles of community engagement are integrated throughout this course, and are explicit in the professional experience (practicum) units.

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 preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices)

Students become part of ACU’s national and international commitment to community engagement and outreach to populations in need, both in Australia and overseas. Students can undertake practicum placements in a range of challenging and inspiring settings, informed by the work of leading ACU specialists in the fields of outdoor recreation/leadership, exercise science, health science, health promotion, allied health, education, and community engagement.