Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness)

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Do you have an uncanny knack for knowing how to get the most out of people? Want to channel that gift into helping improve your client's performance? Well if you have a love for health, science and fitness, then the industry recognised and highly practical Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness) degree from ACPE has your name written all over it. Further study options are also available for ambitious students who want to forge a career as a Strength and Conditioning Coach or Exercise Physiologist. This degree has a 'hands-on' approach delivering specialist vocational training to those wishing to work in the fitness industry while pursuing study in a related health discipline.

Start your degree on campus or online in 2018. Course commences 5 March 2018.

Call us on 1300 302 867 to discuss your study options, enquire online or apply today for direct enrolment.


On campus or online: 5 March 2018


Available for Domestic students


3Y FT or PT equivalent


On campus & selected subjects online


The Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness) course allows you to concentrate your studies in health science with a fitness major to appeal to your interests and career aspirations. You will build a comprehensive understanding of human biomedical science underpinned by fitness industry skills. Plus it will provide the practice of this knowledge in client assessments and in designing, implementing and evaluating exercise programs. 

Launch your career in the fitness industry

Graduating with a solid health science base and your knowledge of fitness principles, you will enjoy a range of career options and potential for continued career growth. It's a hands-on degree where you will gain specialist vocational training to prepare you to work with a wide range of people with varying fitness levels, abilities and ages.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness) 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 Fitness (Major) Stream provides students with the professional skills of a fitness and personal trainer focusing on the principles of exercise prescription for all populations.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness) 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
  • Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport
  • Fitness Principles and Programming

Semester 2

  • Biology I
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Methods of Motivation in Fitness

Semester 3

  • Systems Anatomy & Physiology
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Responsible Fitness Management
  • Strength and Conditioning

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout The Lifespan
  • Biomechanics
  • Small Business Management Principles

Semester 5

  • Professional Integrity
  • Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Research Design and Epidemiology

Semester 6

  • Psychology
  • Health, Lifestyle Disease and Exercise Prescription
  • Health and Physical Assessments
  • Exercise & Social Development through the Lifespan

Where this degree can take you

It is an excellent option for those looking to become a high-level professional fitness leader working in the health and fitness industry. The course is also relevant to practicing or potential personal trainers and fitness professionals seeking to broaden their skills. 

Regardless of whether you want to focus on training just one person or a group of athletes, the Bachelor of Health Science (Fitness) will arm you with the skills you need to be a success. Combining scientific techniques with specialised fitness movements, students will get the opportunity to understand the complexities of the human body while learning how to get the best out of their clients.

Job titles you could hold:

  • Rehabilitation consultant
  • High Performance coach
  • Health or Fitness Researcher

Further study options:

  • Strength & Conditioning Training
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Science
  • High Performance Sport

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Increase in employment for Social 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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