Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map is only available for students commencing in Semester 1 and 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.

6.5 minimum overall score (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025


At the heart of high performance sport is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance and keeping them at the top of their game. You will gain skills in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, and strength and conditioning of athletes. You’ll learn to design and deliver programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness.

  • Graduates may be eligible for Level 2 accreditation with ASCA

  • Learn from industry professionals.

  • You’ll graduate with 200 hours of real-world industry experience.

Professional experience

You’ll graduate with a minimum of 200 hours real-world industry experience.

Work placement

To be a competent exercise scientist and strength and conditioning coach, students must be able to transfer the knowledge and skills they’ve learnt to a professional context with increasing autonomy and confidence. Your professional experience will allow you to apply your learning to help support clients’ and athletes’ needs, operate in an ethically responsible manner and communicate effectively. By undertaking a practicum you’ll meet the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) professional practice requirements for Exercise Science accreditation and exercise scientist and strength and conditioning accreditation (level 2).

We’re connected to a huge range of sporting organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport; AFL, NRL and A-League clubs; Tennis Australia; and America’s NBA. With us you’ll get outstanding opportunities for industry placement and future employment in Australia and around the world. Students have recently completed internships at AFL clubs such as Essendon FC and Melbourne FC, A-league clubs such as Sydney FC Academy, Queensland Cricket, Tennis Australia, and in sports departments at Brighton Grammar School and Xavier College. 

Students have completed tasks such as assisting in coaching athletes in gym sessions, prescribing exercises for athletes and monitoring their technique, managing and operating specific performance analysis equipment, testing, assessing and collecting data from elite athletes to create reports for athletes and coaches.

Visit the faculty’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) webpage to view opportunities in high performance science. 

Professional recognition

This degree has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for the Strathfield, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses. Graduates are eligible to apply for Level 2 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

After completing their entire first two years of study, students can apply for registration with Fitness Australia to become a personal trainer. 

The Bachelor of High Performance Sport offered at our Blacktown Campus is identical to the programs at our other campuses which are working towards accreditation. Accreditation is expected for Blacktown in 2023, once the first cohort is in its final year. 


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • the AFL 
  • the NRL 
  • Super Rugby 
  • A-league
  • professional sporting organisations
  • national sporting organisations 
  • national institutes of sport
  • state institutes or academies of sport
  • state sporting organisations
  • small business in the health and fitness industry 
  • academia

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of High Performance Sport, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

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

EXSC187 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing

EXSC199 Psychology of Sport

EXSC119 From Health to High Performance Sport

ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science

Year 1 - Semester 2

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

EXSC122 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science

NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

Year 2 – Semester 1


EXSC222 Functional Anatomy

EXSC224 Mechanical Bases of Exercise

EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise

Year 2 - Semester 2

EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning

EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery

EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application

EXSC322 Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment

EXSC218 Internship Preparation for Coaching and Prescription

0 credit points

Year 3 - Summer

EXSC310 Strength and Conditioning: Fundamentals of Athlete Preparation

Year 3 - Semester 1

EXSC396 Strength and Conditioning: Prescription for Athletic Performance

EXSC321 Biomechanics

EXSC309 Internship in Coaching and Prescription

20 credit points

Year 3 - Semester 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

EXSC319 Performance Analysis in Sport

EXSC296 Health and Exercise Psychology


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

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information


Class sizes: Your class size will depend on the unit you are studying and if that unit is taught across different degrees. Most of the time units that are core to your degree will have smaller classes. The tutorial, lab and workshop class sizes are normally capped at 20 students.

Contact hours: Most units will require you to attend two to four hours of classes each week in the form of a lecture, tutorial, lab or workshop on campus. Some of these may be online and you will be required to watch, read, listen and interact with the materials provided as an alternative to attending face-to-face classes. Therefore, if you are a full-time student taking four units in a semester that will add up to four x units by four hours (maximum) = approximately 16 hours required on campus or engaging in content. Per semester each unit requires approximately 150 hours of work which includes scheduled classes and/or online engagement with learning activities, self-study and preparation of assessment tasks.


Sample assessments

High performance sport sample assessment examples:

Each unit has three assessments per semester.

Assessment 1 (30 per cent): Laboratory report

Assessment 2 (30 per cent): Practical assessment task

Assessment 3 (40 per cent): Exam If the unit has a final exam it is counted as part of the three assessments. Assessments have different weighting percentages towards your overall mark. A single assessment cannot be worth more than 50 per cent of your assessment total. The format of assessments is different for every unit and will be explained by your lecturer in the unit outline and at the start of the semester.

Overseas study available

There are international study opportunities within sport and exercise science including high performance sport.

High performance study tour

Location: USA

Travel dates: September – October

Rome semester

Four units delivered through a condensed eight-week schedule to eligible second- and third-year students.

Travel dates: August – October (dates and times may vary each year).

Community engagement and professional practice

Location: Timor Leste – Baucau and/or Vanuatu - Port Villa

Travel dates: mid-June – end July (each trip is approximately three weeks)

Grants/Funding: New Colombo Plan grants for travel to Timor Leste and Vanuatu are valued at $3,000 each.

Rome Campus

Intensive unit delivery of Motor Control and Learning

Travel Dates: June – July (during winter semester break)

Learn more about faculty-based Short-Term International Study Experiences (STISE) in sport and exercise science.

** These experiences are all subject to travel restrictions. 

Entry requirements

View transparency admission information

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 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

Further study options at ACU include:

·      Bachelor of High Performance Sport (Honours), and postgraduate opportunities in a variety of programs listed below.

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
  • further study in other allied health professions

You can read more about our postgraduate programs in sport and exercise science


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3257
  • Average first year fee: $26056
  • Estimate total cost: $78168

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.

Explore your options


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.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

International applicants


Apply through UAC

UAC code 105528

Direct application

Apply now

Information on the application procedure 

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


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.

Staff Profile

Ryan Timmins

Senior Lecturer in the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Ryan Timmins is the course coordinator of the Bachelor of High Performance Sport degree. After completing his PhD in 2015 focusing on hamstring muscle architecture and its role in injury and response to training interventions, he has continued to provide athlete injury consultancy to elite sporting teams. This has involved the assessment and reporting on various factors which may be associated with a range of injuries. He also provides input into program design and athlete management when addressing these factors with numerous industry stakeholders. Dr Timmins’ research focus is on sports injury prevention and rehabilitation practices that are applicable to sporting environments and realistic with their applications. He has been invited to speak at elite sporting organisations including Arsenal Football Club, Leicester City Football Club, Manchester City Football Club as well as Welsh and Scottish Rugby Union Associations. Furthermore, he has been an invited speaker at the European Congress of Sport Science, Aspetar Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Hospital, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre and at the first Copenhagen Hamstring Injury Seminar. He was also awarded the illustrious Sports Medicine Australia ASICS Medal for the best paper at their 2015 conference on the Gold Coast. Dr Timmins is the National Lecturer in Charge of ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science, bringing strong application of knowledge to a unit which sets the foundation to many other subject areas within the degree.



“I chose the Bachelor of High Performance Sport because it offers something more than just exercise and sports science. It offers an opportunity to learn how we can help our best athletes become even better. I aspire to work with these athletes and know that I’m helping to shape the current and future generations of sportsmen and sportswomen.”

High performance sport student

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