Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
079442K
IELTS
6.5 minimum overall score (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands)
Fees (first year)*
$25064
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024

Overview

This double degree combines core curricula from Exercise Science with that of Applied Public Health. Exercise Science core content provides an extensive knowledge base of how the human body works, from a psychological, anatomical, physiological, motor control and biomechanical perspective. Applied Public Health core content delivers a background in factors that determine health at the community and population level, and how these can be shaped to effect improvements in health.

The studies in Outdoor Recreation enable the application of this core knowledge base in the community and across populations through various settings, and allow students to understand the need for increased nature based play and engagement. There is a strong body of contemporary research that highlights the importance of the natural environments and their contribution to health and wellbeing.

Participation in these activities also offers the participants opportunities to engage in risk assessment, safety management and activities which build resilience. From a public health perspective, children, youth, and families must have the opportunity to incorporate the key concepts of risk, protection, and resilience in their lives to develop and maintain healthy life choices and wellbeing.


Professional experience

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). Students are also required to complete 200 hours of volunteer experience within a community-based organisation during the third and fourth year of the course. Partner organisations are selected in view of how they engage communities within organised, professional frameworks.

As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for membership with The Australian Council of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) and membership of the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA).

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • national and international health agencies
  • state and federal government health departments
  • advocacy and aid organisations
  • public health projects and advocacy
  • health promotion
  • outdoor recreation
  • sports coaching
  • epidemiology
  • academic policy

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

PUBH100 Foundations of Public Health

PUBH101 Foundations of Public Health Communication

EXSC199 Psychology of Sport

ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science

Year 1 - Semester 2

BIOL121 Human Biological Science 1

PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion

PUBH103 Epidemiology

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

Year 2 - Semester 1

PUBH202 Public Health Research Methods


EXSC187 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing

EXSC224 Mechanical Bases of Exercise

PUBH204 Public Health Economics

Year 2 - Semester 2

NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition

EXSC122 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science

Exercise Science Elective 1

Exercise Science Elective 2

Year 3 - Semester 1

PUBH304 Public Health Advocacy


EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise

Exercise Science Elective 3

Exercise Science Elective 4

Year 3 - Semester 2

PUBH303 Applied Public Health Communication


EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application


EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery


EXSC322 Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment

Year 4 - Semester 1

PUBH302 Applied Public Health 1

PUBH306 Public Health Policy and Law


Exercise Science Elective 5

Exercise Science Elective 6

Year 4 - Semester 2

PUBH305 Applied Public Health 2


PUBH312 Applied Health Promotion data-versionlabel=3 >

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

Exercise Science Elective 7

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information

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

  • National and International health agencies
  • State and federal government health departments
  • Non-government aid and advocacy organisations (local national, international)
  • Health and fitness industry
  • Sporting organisations

Such work can involve a diverse range of programs including: physical activity promotion, recreation, sporting clubs, youth work, physical activity planning for young people or the elderly, corporate health and fitness, government agencies, state sporting associations, rehabilitation clinics, and personal training. Potential employers are varied and could include: local government, community health centres, state sporting associations, non-government organisations (Cancer Council, Asthma Foundation).

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

An honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for either the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours), the Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours).

Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree in either the discipline of exercise science or public health.

Fees

Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3133
  • Average first year fee: $25064
  • Estimate total cost: $100256

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

International applicants

Direct application

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Information on the application procedure 

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.

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 33% of the program online.


 

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