Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 6 years part-time
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Awarded by: Charles Sturt University

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About this course

The Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) course offered by Charles Sturt University will give you the professional skills and training needed to forge a career in the health and leisure industries.

In addition to a comprehensive subject range covering health psychology, legal and ethical issues, the sociology of health care and leisure programming, this online health science course provides you with the opportunity to specialise in either community leisure and health or diversional therapy.

The diversional therapy strand of this course is accredited by the Diversional Therapy Association of Australia National Council (DTAANC).

Eligibility

To apply for this course, you must submit a two-page essay outlining how the course will benefit your work as a practising health professional, as well as aid you in promoting health and leisure.

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed the Higher School Certificate or equivalent

OR

  • Have completed or part-completed a course from a university, college of advanced education, TAFE college or other accredited tertiary or post-secondary institution

OR

  • Have sufficient and relevant work experience

Students will also require criminal record clearance, a senior first aid certificate and relevant immunisation to apply.

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Areas of study

In this health science course, the subjects you will study include:

Core subjects:

  • Introduction to leisure and health
  • Leisure programming with diverse populations
  • Foundations of leisure activity
  • Legal and ethical issues in health
  • Recreation leadership and communication
  • Foundations of psychology for health and human services
  • Health psychology
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Sociology of health and health care

Community health and leisure strand:

  • Community leisure and health issues
  • Community analysis
  • Australian government and politics

Plus one of the following sequences:

  • Social inequality
  • Disabilities issues for families
  • Social dimensions of disability

OR

  • Organisations and management
  • Communication
  • Organisational behaviour

OR

  • Social inequality
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 1
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 2

Plus one unrestricted elective subject.

Diversional therapy strand:

  • Diversional therapy and leisure practice
  • Facilitating positive behaviours

Plus one of the following sequences:

  • Gerontology theory and research
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Psychology of ageing

OR

  • Social inequality
  • Social dimensions of disability
  • Disability issues for families

Plus one unrestricted elective subject.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) degree you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period.

Depending on the units studied, you can exit with the Associate Degree in Health Science (Leisure and Health).

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CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.

How will this course advance my career?

Leisure and health are more closely tied than ever before, and in recent years the number of opportunities for enthusiastic health professionals in this area has blossomed.

Upon completion of your studies, you will be eligible to work in a wide range of health settings as a community recreation officer, health promotions specialist, leisure planner, diversional therapist, hostel manager, health educator, day service provider, post-school programmer, disability support worker, or in various other community development roles. You will be able to help more people stay healthier and happier, for longer.

How else will I benefit from this bachelor degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) from Charles Sturt University.
  • Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
  • CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • Students who complete the diversional therapy strand will be eligible for accreditation with the Diversional Therapy Association of Australia.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-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.
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

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