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Bachelor of Applied Fitness

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

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What you'll learn

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About this course

With fitness industry continuing to grow at a rapid speed, there is no time like the present to achieve your professional goals as a personal training and fitness instructor with a Bachelor of Applied Fitness course. Offering a rounded overview of the fitness industry, this course provides you with instruction in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, health planning, motivational strategies, biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise and eating plan selection and rehabilitation.

Graduates will have a breadth of knowledge across all aspects of fitness, both practically and professionally. Delivered as on campus course at ACPE, this qualification will ready you for the rigours and challenges of a career within the fitness industry.

Early exit points

Students who complete two years of this course will be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Applied Fitness.

Campus location

This course is offered for study at the following location:

  • Sydney - 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have completed the NSW HSC with minimum average of 65 (calculated from the highest 10 units completed) or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a qualification from a recognised higher education provider; OR
  • Hold an associate diploma or higher from a recognised VET provider; OR
  • Have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree from an Australian university; OR
  • Satisfy entry requirements specified under formal articulation agreements as determined by the ACPE academic board

Areas of study

In this personal training course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Understanding health
  • Foundation of human biology for fitness
  • Fitness principles and programming
  • Introduction to responsible fitness management
  • Methods of motivation in fitness
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise prescription throughout the lifespan
  • Small business management - principles for the fitness industry
  • Health and activity for diverse groups
  • Applied exercise physiology for fitness
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Professional communication
  • Principles of health promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise and social development through the lifespan
  • IT in fitness
  • Fitness industry trends and issues
  • Mechanics of prevention and rehabilitation
  • Introduction to understanding and using research
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional practice and reflection in the fitness industry
  • Physiology and nutrition for populations with lifestyle diseases
  • Small business management - practices for the fitness industry
  • Problem based learning: theme of fitness for diverse populations
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s premier educational facilities for accredited courses in sport and fitness, sports education and dance. With its practical, hands-on approach to teaching and learning, ACPE provides students with a world-class education and is recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport as an Elite Athlete Friendly Institution. It also offers extensive student support through FEE-HELP, academic assistance and a Career Development Program. ACPE is a registered higher education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), offering TEQSA-accredited courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The staff at ACPE comprises both academics and industry professionals, each dedicated to ensuring you receive useful feedback and continual guidance. As a student of ACPE, you will receive ongoing support via the Academic Development Office (ADO), which offers a variety of education and career-related resources targeting professional development. The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Applied Fitness from the Australian College of Physical Education.

The qualification will make you a more attractive candidate for a whole range of positions within the growing fitness industry.

Curious about where a career in fitness could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Performance Manager

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to help with the upfront costs of this course.

Affordable payment plans are also available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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