Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science focuses on the roles and benefits of physical activity, exercise and healthy lifestyles. The degree provides a strong academic base in the foundations of health science, into exercise promotion, prescription and delivery, and for physical activity across the lifespan. It focuses on the practical skills required to become leaders in Outdoor Education, HPE Teaching, Coaching and Health Promotion professions. The skills are developed while studying the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of health, physical activity and sport related behaviours. They are further explored in the contexts of community health, personal well-being, leadership in outdoor education and sports performance. Students can choose from a range of electives in the specialised areas of physical education, leadership in outdoor education, sports coaching, and/or health and health promotion. Opportunities for industry-relevant practicum experience are embedded in the degree. The course aims to produce graduates with a strong academic base in health science disciplines related to physical activity and exercise, with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner. From year one, students are introduced to physical activity and exercise engagement, health promotion, and are given a foundation in health science as it relates to human function and performance. This includes fundamental concepts in anatomy, physiology, and human growth and development. Students also commence elective studies in areas of academic or vocational interest.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary)
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo)
Institution CRICOS: 00873F (ACT); 00112C (VIC); 00885B (Qld); 00004G (NSW)

Subjects

  • Physical activity and health science

Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded, world-ranked university and we warmly welcome students and staff of all backgrounds and beliefs. ACU is home to 33,000 students from 160 countries offering a culturally diverse and enriching learning environment.

Our Locations

Our campuses are located in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Rome, Italy, offering our students opportunities to transfer between campuses and broaden their university experience. 

Our reputation and ranking

We are ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide and the number 1 Catholic university in the Asia Pacific*. ACU is also ranked in the top 100 of Young Universities and in the top 50 of Gen Y Universities worldwide**. Our research is world-class and we pride ourselves on our dedicated and outstanding researchers. All research at ACU has been ranked as being at or above world standard by the Australian Research Council***. In 2018, our research was awarded in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. 

Our Programs

Practical experience

With close links to industry, our programs give students opportunities to undertake work placements, internships or volunteering programs while studying to ensure they are prepared for the world beyond the classroom.

Community engagement is a core part of every student’s experience at ACU and is embedded in our courses.

Affordable 

ACU is one of the most affordable institutions in Australia. With accredited and recognised courses, we offer students an excellent return on investment. 

A range of scholarships is on offer for international students, including the International Student Scholarship which covers 50 per cent of full-time tuition fees. This is awarded each year to 20 commencing undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence. 

ACU also offers the ACU Global Excellence Scholarship which is available to students commencing business and IT programs.

Courses

ACU offers over 120 undergraduate and postgraduate courses from Education and Arts, Law and Business, Health Sciences, and Theology and Philosophy. Our English Language Centres and diploma pathway programs are located on campus offering access to all our services and facilities.

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* Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018/2019. Percentage calculated as ACU's world rank as a proportion of the total number of universities in the world: International Handbook of Universities 2018, Palgrave MacMillan
**Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019, where “young universities” are defined to be less than 50 years old and “Generation Y universities” are universities established between 1986 and 1999.
*** https://dataportal.arc.gov.au/ERA/NationalReport/2018/

ACU has extensive experience in the support of international students and our support begins from the moment you arrive in Australia with our airport pick-up service.

We have a dedicated team of international student advisers who can provide information on enrolment, accommodation, finance and general student visa advice.

Career support

The ACU Career Development Service supports students and graduates by providing a comprehensive range of services.

Careers staff are located across all ACU campuses and are involved in careers development learning, from the first year through to graduation and beyond. Graduates of Australian Catholic University can access the careers support offered by the university for two years’ after they complete their studies.

Key services offered include:

• ACU CareerHub which is an online portal providing students with appointment bookings, job opportunities, and event information.

• General as well as course-specific career programs and workshops.

• Direct, skype and phone appointments as well as online career advice.

• Employer connection and events.

• Student Jobs on Campus (SJC) that offers students the opportunity to undertake employment with pay across the ACU campuses while finishing their studies.

 

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