Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Psychology and exercise science share a common goal of assisting individuals and groups to optimise their functioning and performance, and the combined knowledge of these two disciplines will equip graduates of this double degree to provide high quality services to their clients. Exercise scientists working with clinical populations and high performance athletes will benefit from the knowledge and skills gained from many core topics within psychology, including motivation, emotion, individual differences, psychological disorders, and decision making. ACU's undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application that are valuable to the enhancement of human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including: critical analysis and rational thinking; ethical decision making; scientific thinking and research capabilities; measurement and analysis of data; problem solving skills; written and verbal communication; interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; and life-long learning skills. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science progresses students from foundation knowledge, understanding and skills in human anatomy, physiology and the sub-disciplines of Exercise Science, into their application in movement, exercise and sporting contexts, such as exercise testing, prescription and delivery. Students are then progressed into authentic learning experiences in which they can integrate their evidence-based learnings and scope of practice in applied, industry-based settings. This professional practice provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary)
Melbourne (St Patrick's)
Institution CRICOS: 00873F (ACT); 00112C (VIC); 00885B (Qld); 00004G (NSW)

Subjects

  • Psychological practice: theory and techniques
  • Foundations of psychology
  • Growth, motor development and ageing
  • Applications of psychology
  • Anatomical foundations of exercise science
  • Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
  • plus more

Australian Catholic University is a publicly funded university and we welcome students and staff of all beliefs and backgrounds at our six campuses across Australia.

We have over 33,000 students from 160 countries that come from various religious and cultural backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal access to education for all.

We empower our students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.

Our campuses and class sizes are small and students benefit from our individualised approach to quality teaching.

Ranked and recognised

We are the largest Catholic university in the English-speaking world and ranked in the top three per cent of universities worldwide* and recognised as one of the world’s top young universities.**

We are equal first for five fields of research in Australia - our institutes, centres and faculties boast internationally-renowned scholars, and produce world-class research. 

We are highly ranked by The Good Universities Guide 2018 for Full-Time Employment and  Starting Salary, and achieve five stars for Overall Experience, Skills Development and Learner Engagement, assuring you a high-quality academic and social experience.

Reputation

Not only are we Australia's largest educator of nurses, but we also have leading criminal lawyers, recognised business professionals and international artists amongst our academic staff. We are also home to multiple research institutes and are committed to the ongoing training of outstanding researchers.

Practical experience

With close links to industry, our undergraduate courses 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.

Location

ACU international students can choose to study in five exciting cities around Australia — Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Ballarat. Students also have the opportunity to transfer between campuses to experience more of the beautiful country.

ACU is globally connected. We have relationships with more than 200 universities and educational institutions in over 40 countries around the world. More than 1,000 ACU students go overseas each year as part of their ACU degree.

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 are 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. 

What can you study at ACU?

  • Accounting, Finance, Business, Marketing
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Information Systems, IT
  • Clinical Counselling
  • Digital Media
  • Education, Teaching
  • Exercise/Sport Science 
  • Global Studies, International Development
  • Health Science
  •  Law
  • Management (MBA)
  • Nursing, Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Philosophy, Theology
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social/Youth Work
  •  Speech Pathology
  • Visual Arts and Design

*QS World University Rankings 2018

**Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2017

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.

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