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Bachelor of
Health & Movement

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Whether you want to help a specific group of individuals or an entire community improve their wellbeing, the Bachelor of Health & Movement from ACPE will be your ticket to success. From working as a recreation officer to providing support as a health promotion professional, graduates can turn their love of health and movement into a dynamic career. 

This booming industry is perfect for passionate students of all ages, who want the flexibility to change their job roles as their interests and skills evolve. With students given the opportunity to specialise in Sport or Community Health, this degree is the perfect career starter for anyone interested in working within the health industry.

Commence on campus (July 2017) or online (May 2017). Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, or enquire online.

Elective stream: Community Health

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Elective stream: Sport

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On campus (July 2017) or Online (May 2017)




3Y FT or PT equivalent




The study of the human body is a personally rewarding and increasingly important field in today's world. Health and Movement studies take a practical, hands-on approach. This degree combines courses in health, movement and science, and a major in community health or sport, to help you arrive at a complete, real-world understanding of your field.

Sport specialisation: 

If your future involves working within the sports industry but you're not sure where, then you should specialise in sport. Focusing on planning, applying and practicing exercises in a variety of education and community environments, this specialisation offers students the flexibility to enter a range of industries.

Community Health specialisation: 

Do you have a passion for helping others? Are you ready to share your love of health and movement with the wider community? Well if you’re looking to make a real difference in someone else's life, then specialising in community health is perfect for you. Combining health promotion principles with specific exercise programs, students will receive the hands on training they need to forge a rewarding career within the community health industry. After graduation, students can even choose to further their studies in public health, education or social work.

The Bachelor of Health & Movement is divided into three core study areas plus one specialisation -

  • The Health (Core) Stream provides students with the necessary experience to apply health related knowledge, skills and concepts within the broader context of the social determinants of health and health promotion.
  • The Movement (Core) Stream provides experiences aimed to allow for the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies that enable students to teach a range of physical activities confidently and competently.
  • The Science (Core) Stream introduces students to the relevant scientific principles in order to grasp the underlying foundations of human movement and analyse movement and health from performance and utilitarian/functional perspectives.

Degree Specialisation

  • The Community Health (Major) Stream provides students with the knowledge and skills in health promotion principles and models, and their application in the real world.
  • The Sport (Major) Stream provides an understanding on the application of sociological and community approaches to sport, games and recreation.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Health & Movement Degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into six semesters. Students can choose to specialise in sports or community health

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Psychology of Participation in Physical Activity
  • Sport & the Social Context
  • Skill Acquisition

Semester 2

  • Health: A Sociological Perspective
  • Health Priorities for Australia
  • Theory & Application of Playing Sport
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology

Health & Movement - Community Health specialisation subjects

Semester 3

  • Global Health
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Professional Integrity
  • Composition and Performance

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Exercise Prescription throughout the Lifespan
  • Inclusive Physical Activity
  • Biomechanics

Health & Movement - Sport specialisation subjects

Semester 3

  • Global Healt
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Professional Integrity
  • Strength and Conditioning

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Exercise Prescription throughout the Lifespan
  • Inclusive Physical Activity
  • Biomechanics

Health & Movement - Community Health specialisation subjects

Semester 5

  • Introduction to Understanding Community Health Research
  • Youth Health and Resilience
  • Indigenous Health
  • Raising Health Awareness

Semester 6

  • Sports Medicine
  • Planning Health Promotion Programs
  • Sustainable Health in Local Communities
  • Research in Action (Community Health)

Health & Movement - Sport specialisation subjects

Semester 5

  • Psychology of Participation in Physical Activity
  • Composition and Performance
  • Introduction to Understanding Sport & Research
  • Athletics and Aquatics

Semester 6

  • Sports Medicine
  • Health, Lifestyle disease and exercise prescription
  • Leadership through outdoor activities
  • Research in Action (Sport)

Where this degree can take you

As Australians focus more and more on their health (and the health of their community), career opportunities in this rewarding industry will continue to increase. Regardless of whether you see yourself working as a Health Promotion Professional or as a Recreation Officer, the practical skills that you learn while studying on campus at ACPE will prepare you for life after graduation. Ambitious students can even increase their career opportunities with a range of postgraduate study options available in Education, Social Work and Strength and Conditioning.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Recreation Officer
  • Youth Health Worker
  • Health Development Officer

Further study options:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Events Management
  • Public Health
  • Social / Community Work
  • Education

Job Growth Insight


Increase in employment for Public Health Professionals in the next 5 years

Meet ACPE Student

ACPE is known for their focus on physical and health. The idea of studying with other like-minded people who are passionate about health and fitness was really appealing. ACPE has a fantastic reputation in the industry and therefore completing a degree at ACPE, whilst exceptionally educational, would be highly respected in the industry.
Katheen Breen
Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise)

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