Bachelor of
Health Science (Exercise)

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Are you curious about how the human body works and want to help others improve their general health and wellbeing through healthy lifestyle, physical activity and exercise? This course is the perfect career pathway for those looking to enhance their knowledge and skills through further studies in the biomedical and professional health fields. 

The Bachelor of Health Science and the major in Exercise Health Science will enable you to understand how the human body functions in response to exercise, physical activity and training and the foundations for health professional programs. You'll learn how to apply scientific principles to help people improve their health and boost their sporting performance. 

Whether you want to study Physiotherapy after graduation or make your mark within the industry as a Health Officer, this course opens doors to a range of dynamic careers that are in high demand to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Commence on campus (March 2018) or online (September or November 2017). Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, or enquire online.

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On campus: March 2018
Online: Sep, Nov 2017





3Y FT or PT equivalent


On campus & selected subjects online


The knowledge covered in the Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) is based on the sciences behind health, physical activity and exercise. 

This course allows you to develop a strong foundation in the application, implementation and evaluation of healthy lifestyles and exercise. You will build a broad understanding of biomedicine and exercise science fields while exploring the role of the sociocultural aspects that underpin lifestyle opportunities. You will also be introduced to strategies aimed at bringing about individual and community change.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) is divided into three major study areas -

  • The Determinants of Health (Core) Stream introduces students to health promotion principles and provides an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors influencing general health and wellbeing.
  • The Bioscience (Core) Stream provides a background in the structure and function of the human body and explores the concepts of exercise physiology.
  • The Exercise (Major) Stream provides students with the knowledge in the science of exercise to optimise health, physical activity, and lifestyle management for all people.

Begin your career in the ever-growing health sector.

ACPE's Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) course has been developed to meet the ever-increasing demand for expertise in the Health and Exercise Science sector. In Australia, job growth in the health industry is strong and continues to grow as the expected increase on demands of the healthcare system caused by an ageing population and the increased prevalence of lifestyle-related disease places ACPE graduates in high demand by employers.

The degree is made up of the following courses –

  • Foundational science
  • Functional anatomy and exercise physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Motor control
  • Biomechanics
  • Psychology
  • Health promotion
  • Exercise prescription and preparation

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) Degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into six semesters.

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Chemistry I
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport

Semester 2

  • Biology I
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout The Lifespan

Semester 3

  • Professional Integrity
  • Systems Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Health, Lifestyle Disease and Exercise Prescription
  • Sports Medicine

Semester 5

  • Raising Health Awareness
  • Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Research Design and Epidemiology

Semester 6

  • Psychology
  • Nutrition, Health and Sporting Performance
  • Advanced Training Principles and Exercise Prescription
  • Health and Physical Assessments

Where this degree can take you

Studying a Health Science (Exercise) degree at ACPE can open up numerous doors within this dynamic industry. If you’re interested in gaining employment straight after graduation as a Health or Medical Officer or you want to continue your studies in order to specialise in a particular field, this recognised qualification offers you the flexibility you desire.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Health Officer
  • Medical Officer
  • Laboratory technician
  • Claims consultant

Further study options:

  • Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Chiropractic
  • Osteopathy
  • Exercise physiology
  • High performance sport
  • Health and exercise research

Job Growth Insight


Increase in employment for Physiotherapists in the next 2 years

Meet ACPE Student

I had a lot of friends from high school that attended ACPE and I always heard good things about it from them, so I thought I would give it a shot! 

So far my most memorable moment from ACPE is meeting new people and surprising myself with what I have learnt. Some of the lecturers provide a fair bit of entertainment too.

Christopher Butson
Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise)

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