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Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Health Promotion Practitioner | Recreation Officer | Diversional Therapist | Leisure Planner | View all

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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 or diversional therapy.

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).


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


  • Organisations and management
  • Communication
  • Organisational behaviour


  • 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


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

Plus one unrestricted elective subject.

Charles Sturt University 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.

Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.
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.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Albury-Wodonga

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) from Charles Sturt University.

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 or in various other community development roles. You will be able to help more people stay healthier and happier, for longer.

Where could a career in health take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

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.

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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