Bachelor of Health Science (Sport)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: On Campus
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
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

Gain specialist vocational training to make you an effective sports instructor and coach with this targeted Bachelor of Health Science (Sport) degree.

Exploring sports, games and recreation from a scientific perspective, you will gain an understanding of how physiology and psychology impact athletic performance. You will become an effective coach, using insight into biomechanics, human anatomy and skill acquisition to provide feedback and motivation to athletes for a range of sports.

The course allows you to pick from three of the following major areas of study:

  • Determinates of Health – focuses on health promotion principles and gives you a foundational understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors that influence general health and wellbeing.
  • Bioscience – explores the concepts of exercise physiology and focuses on the function and anatomy of the human body.
  • Sport – provides you with an understanding of how and why the human body moves and the factors that limit, and/or enhance the ability to move in sport.

Studying at ACPE’s Sydney Olympic Park campus, you’ll receive expert instruction and have access to state-of-the-art facilities.

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.
  • Hold a qualification from a recognised higher education provider.
  • Hold an Associate Diploma or higher from a recognised VET provider.
  • Have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree from an Australian university.
  • Satisfy entry requirements specified under formal articulation agreements as determined by the ACPE academic board.
  • Demonstrate to the Dean’s satisfaction that you are capable of succeeding in this course through relevant work experience and are motivated to study.

Areas of study

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

  • Understanding health
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Principles of movement
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
  • Application of maths and statistics for health and sport
  • Biochemistry and nutrition
  • Theory and application of playing sport
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Systems anatomy and physiology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Professional integrity
  • Principles of health promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Inclusive physical activity
  • Athletics and aquatics specialisation
  • Research design and epidemiology
  • Human pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • Psychology of participation in physical activity
  • Composition and performance
  • Psychology
  • Health and physical assessment
  • Leadership through outdoor activities
  • Research in action

How will this course advance my career?

On completion of this degree, you will be qualified to work in the following positions:

  • Sport, leisure and recreation officer
  • Community development sport officer
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Indigenous sports development officer
  • Active after care provider
  • Recreation and lifestyle project officer

Many of the skills acquired through this course are applicable to careers related to the sports industry, including sport marketing, administration, event management and research opportunities.

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 (Sport) from the Australian College of Physical Education.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Alternatively, payment plans are available.

The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

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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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 based at Sydney Olympic Park, offering a centralised sports hub with Olympic level athletic facilities.

Campus location
Sydney – 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
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. Upon enrolment you will gain access to SMARTHINKING, an online learning portal that provides 24/7 access to academic tutors and resources.

The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

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