Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
105520
ATAR
58.50 for Strathfield
Fees (first year)*
$9582 Commonwealth Supported
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

If you're interested in exercise, but want to keep your options open, this course will give you an in-depth understanding of the role that physical activity, exercise and healthy lifestyles play in wellbeing throughout our lives. A wide range of elective subjects means you can choose to pursue a career in sport and coaching, exercise science, health promotion or outdoor leadership. Or you might choose to pursue a career in teaching.

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Professional experience

Students must complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience.


Work placement

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). 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 for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). The benefits of membership are access to professional development programs, reduced registration costs to national conferences and access to seminars and workshops.

Dependent on elective choice, the offering of a major that meets ESSA Graduate Entry Membership requirements will provide graduates with an avenue to pursue further study in ACU's ESSA accredited postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • high performance sport organisations
  • sports institutes and academies
  • corporate fitness
  • commercial and educational outdoor leadership
  • adventure therapy
  • outdoor tourism
  • health and fitness consultation
  • coaching
  • performance analysis

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science, 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

EXSC118 Nutrition and Exercise

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

Elective
(Major/Minor)
Year 1 - Semester 2

ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science

EXSC217 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

Elective
(Major/Minor)
Year 2 - Semester 1

EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise

EXSC199 Psychology of Sport

EXSC222 Functional Anatomy


Elective
(Major/Minor)
Year 2 - Semester 2

EXSC296 Health and Exercise Psychology


EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application


EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery


EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning

EXSC205 Industry Experience Preparation


Year 3 - Semester 1

EXSC399 Industry Experience

20 credit points


EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning


Elective
(Major/Minor)
Year 3 - Semester 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


Elective
(Major/Minor)
Elective
(Major/Minor)
Elective
(Major/Minor)

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.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

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

International applicants 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:

StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

Recommended Studies: English (Standard) Band 3, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Queensland

Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)

Recommended Studies: one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

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

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

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).

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

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

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be.  

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

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 5.5, 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)

Additional course information

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.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$9582 Commonwealth Supported

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.

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 

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.  

Search our scholarships 

 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Strathfield

Apply through UAC

UAC code 105520

Deferment

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

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