bachelor of applied fitness

Bachelor of
Applied Fitness

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The next level of fitness degree - combining superior Fitness and Personal Training courses

Build a career as a personal trainer or use your passion to become a high performance manager when you study a Bachelor of Applied Fitness at ACPE. Designed by professional fitness association members and industry leaders, this hands-on course offers the flexibility and professional development you need to break into the competitive fitness and personal training industry.

Commence on campus or online study in March 2017. Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, or enquire online.

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March 2017 (online and on-campus)




3Y FT or PT equivalent




Previously, Australia's rapidly-growing fitness industry required vocational qualifications as an entry point. The Bachelor of Applied Fitness incorporates this vocational requirement while delivering a higher level of qualification - namely, an undergraduate degree.

The Bachelor of Applied Fitness combines the theory and practice of the field - motivation and learning, ethics, communication, and administration are each balanced with the 'hard yard' demands of practical training.

Designed by professional fitness association members, providers of current industry accreditation, and academics with industry experience, the Bachelor of Applied Fitness is divided into four strands –

  • Fitness Studies
  • Fitness Science
  • Vocational Education Training (VET) and Management
  • Professional Skill Development

Begin your fitness and personal training career

This qualification provides a superior gateway to such lucrative growth areas as personal training, corporate health, special needs training, fitness writing, and event presentation. It can also open doors to further study and research in fitness and health-related fields.

The degree is made up of the following courses –

  • Health promotion and fitness improvement strategies for the general population and special needs groups
  • Fitness Management
  • Human Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Applied Fitness can be completed in three years of full-time study. A maximum of eight years is allowed for students to complete the degree part-time.

The course program is divided into six semesters, each of 12 weeks duration. Study involves approximately 17 contact hours a week, (excluding examination and study weeks).

At the completion of first year, students are qualified to work as personal trainers. Many students launch personal training careers while undertaking second and third year studies, a model of experiential learning that accelerates academic development.

The Associate Degree serves as an exit point from the degree after two years (the core studies component) – students graduate with an Associate Degree in Applied Fitness.

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Foundation of Human Biology for Fitness
  • Fitness Principles and Programming
  • Introduction to Responsible Fitness Management

Semester 2

  • Methods of Motivation in Fitness
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout the Lifespan
  • Small Business Management - Principles for the Fitness Industry

Semester 3

  • Health & Activity for Diverse Populations
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Introduction to Understanding Sport and Fitness Research

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise & Social Development Through the Lifespan
  • IT in Fitness

Associate Degree of Applied Fitness Exit Point

Semester 5

  • Fitness Industry Trends and Issues
  • Mechanics of Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional Integrity

Semester 6

  • Professional Practice and Reflection in the Fitness Industry
  • Health, Lifestyle Disease and Exercise Prescription
  • Small Business Management
  • Problem Based Learning: Theme of Fitness for Diverse Populations

Where this degree can take you

The sky is the limit for ambitious Bachelor of Applied Fitness graduates. Whether you decide to build a career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach or use your skills to help athletes perform at their best, this hands-on qualification will allow you to follow your dreams.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Specialised fitness trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • High performance coach or manager
  • Fitness instructor / group trainer

Further study options:

  • Postgraduate studies in Fitness
  • Fitness research
  • High Performance training / coaching

Job Growth Insight


People will be employed as Training & Development Professionals by 2018

Meet ACPE Student

I chose ACPE because of its specialisation in sport, its location, the fantastic facilities and the high quality of lecturers. The range of support services available to students was also a factor in my decision to study at ACPE.

This unique college drives its students to succeed, with willing and friendly staff offering their assistance at every corner. At ACPE, you’re not just a number on the roll sheet.

Scott Reynolds
Bachelor of Applied Fitness

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