Bachelor of Applied Fitness

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  • 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:
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  • Awarded by:
    Australian College of Physical Education
  • Location:
    NSW, Sydney
  • Career Outcomes:
    Gym Manager | Fitness Instructor | Performance Manager | Specialist Trainer | Gym owner | View All

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Course Rundown

With the fitness industry continuing to grow at a rapid speed, there is no time like the present to achieve your professional goals as a personal training and fitness instructor with a Bachelor of Applied Fitness course. Offering a rounded overview of the fitness industry, this course provides you with instruction in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, health planning, motivational strategies, biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise and eating plan selection and rehabilitation.

Graduates will have a breadth of knowledge across all aspects of fitness, both practically and professionally. Delivered as on-campus course (with selected subjects studied online) at ACPE, this qualification will ready you for the rigours and challenges of a career within the fitness industry.


To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A minimum HSC (Higher School Certificate) average of 60 (calculated from the average of the highest 6 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

In this personal training course, the subjects you will 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
  • Small business management – principles for the fitness industry
  • Health and activity for diverse populations
  • Applied exercise physiology for fitness
  • 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
  • Fitness industry trends and issues
  • Mechanics of prevention and rehabilitation
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional integrity
  • Professional practice and reflection in the fitness industry
  • Health, Lifestyle, Disease and Exercise Prescription
  • Small business management practices
  • Problem based learning: theme of fitness for diverse populations

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 a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Applied Fitness from the Australian College of Physical Education.

The qualification will make you a more attractive candidate for a whole range of positions within the growing fitness industry.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to help with the upfront costs of this course.

Affordable payment plans are also available.

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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