Associate Degree of Applied Fitness

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  • Qualification:
    Associate Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full time or part time equivalent
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Australian College of Physical Education
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Personal Trainer | Gym Manager | Strength and Conditioning Coach |

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Course Rundown

Turn your passion for health and fitness into a career that changes lives. The Associate Degree of Sports Business from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) helps translate your enthusiasm into professional expertise.

Build on what you’ve learned in a Diploma and excel your career in fitness! You’ll develop your understanding of nutrition, weight control, lifestyle health and general wellbeing to help you deliver results for your clients.

In this fitness course, you’ll advance your theoretical knowledge and practical experience in strength and conditioning, exercise physiology and biomechanics. 

This course offers a blended learning experience, so you can enjoy their host of awesome facilities on campus in Sydney Olympic Park, as well as study a few modules at your own pace, online. 

In addition to your associate degree, you can become a qualified personal trainer or fitness instructor while you study at no extra cost! Why wait to start working towards your career goals? Take the plunge and start studying now!

Study Fitness at ACPE


To study this course, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum HSC average of 60 or equivalent; OR
  • A qualification from a recognised higher education provider; OR
  • An Associate Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Tertiary Preparation Certificate from TAFE or another VET provider; OR
  • 1 year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at an Australian University; OR
  • Satisfy entry requirements specified by ACPE board; OR
  • A recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English; OR
  • Demonstration of good selection prospects for admission if ineligible for admission based on academic achievement.

Alternate entry pathways may be available for applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria. Enquire now to find out more. 

In this fitness course, subjects you may study include:

  • Understanding Health
  • Foundation of Human Biology for Fitness
  • Fitness Principles and Programming
  • Introduction to Responsible Fitness Management
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription throughout the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Performance and Exercise Psychology
  • Small Business Management – Principles for the Fitness Industry
  • Health and Activity for Diverse Populations
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Introduction to Understanding Sport and Fitness Research
  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise and Social Development Through the Lifespan
  • IT in Fitness

The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s leading education providers when it comes to all things sports management, applied fitness, dance and physical education. Students here will graduate with the training to work as fitness professionals as well as the knowledge to manage their own businesses.

ACPE is one of the oldest higher education providers in NSW, providing a premier learning experience for over 100 years. By gaining your qualification at ACPE, you will receive a nationally recognised credential and have access to world-class athletic facilities and training that draws in students from all over the globe.

A key value for the team at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is to ensure their staff and students are well supported and are encouraged to develop both personally and professionally.

ACPE has a Student Learning Services (SLS) resource centre which is a student’s hub for all things relating to academic skills and success throughout their studies. Students also have access to SMARTTHINKING - an online service that gives students 24-hour access to academic tutors and resources.

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: Sydney Olympic Park

You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an Associate Degree of Sports Business from the Australian College of Physical Education.

In addition to building your understanding of fitness fundamentals, this course provides the option to become a qualified personal trainer or fitness instructor while you study.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

ACPE gives students the option to choose a payment plan in addition to the option of paying upfront.

Eligible domestic students can apply for FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of their fees.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you. 

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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