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Bachelor of Health Science (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:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

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About this course

Preparing you for professional employment in the fitness industry, this Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness) course goes far beyond basic fitness training and provides a broad understanding of human body systems, physiology and anatomy and the role of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle factors in maintaining optimal health.

You will become familiar with health promotional strategies, motivational techniques and be trained to create tailored nutritional and exercise recommendations for diverse groups. This qualification also includes important information for those wishing to start or manage a small business enterprise in the fitness industry.

Delivered on campus at ACPE, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and experienced teachers.

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 health science course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Understanding health
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Fitness principles and programming
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
  • Application of maths and statistics for health and sport
  • Biochemistry and nutrition
  • Methods of motivation in fitness
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Systems anatomy and physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Introduction to responsible fitness management
  • Principles of health promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise prescription throughout the lifespan
  • Small business management principles for the fitness industry
  • Research design and epidemiology
  • Human pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • Mechanics of prevention and rehabilitation
  • Professional integrity
  • Psychology
  • Health and physical assessment
  • Exercise and social development through the lifespan
  • Health, lifestyle disease and exercise prescription
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 Health Science (Fitness) from the Australian College of Physical Education.

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

  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Gym Instructor
  • Rehabilitation Training Provider
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Health Facilities Manager
  • Health Researcher
  • Fitness Researcher
  • High Performance Coach

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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