Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
096799F
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map is only available for students commencing in Semester 1 and will require students to enrol in Summer and Winter units which might not be feasible/attractive for some students. Therefore, a course map is also offered for students seeking a traditional 3-year progression.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, the technologies available for monitoring and training athletes, and the relationships between nutrition, injury and performance. The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.

The Bachelor of High Performance Sport degree provides an extensive knowledge and skills base relevant to human performance, from the physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives. This provides not only the skills for professional practice in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, and the strength and conditioning of athletes, but also the skills for applying exercise prescription principles across the lifespan for healthy lifestyles and in injury and disease. The course aims to produce graduates with strong understanding and skills for the assessment, design and delivery of meaningful programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret competition and training information, required in high performance sport and related industries. Graduates should also have the capacity to apply their knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner, with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking, and the pursuit of further learning to maintain relevance in their chosen career and industry.

Course duration

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map is only available for students commencing in Semester 1 and will require students to enrol in Summer and Winter units which might not be feasible/attractive for some students. Therefore, a course map is also offered for students seeking a traditional 3-year progression.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC119
From health to high performance sport
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC198
Physiological bases of exercise
(Pre: BIOL125)
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of exercise
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 – Semester 1 EXSC217
Research and ethics in exercise science
EXSC222
Functional anatomy
(Pre: ANAT100)
EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
EXSC242
Exercise physiology: adaptation to exercise and the environment
(Pre: EXSC198)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
EXSC204
Exercise testing, prescription and delivery
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC216
Resistance training: science and application (Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC296
Health and exercise psychology
(Pre: EXSC199)
EXSC218
Internship preparation for coaching and prescription
0 credit points
(Pre: EXSC119 EXSC187 , EXSC199, BIOL125)
Year 3 - Summer EXSC310
Strength and conditioning: fundamentals of athlete preparation
(Pre: EXSC217 or EXSC204)
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC396
Strength and conditioning: prescription for athlete performance
(Pre:EXSC310)
EXSC220
Biomechanics
(Pre: EXSC120)
EXSC309
Internship in Coaching and Prescription
20 credit points
(Pre: EXSC118, EXSC120, EXSC198, EXSC204, EXSC216, EXSC217, EXSC218)
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EXSC319
Performance analysis in sport
(Pre: EXSC230)
Elective 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7745 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) –Band 3
  • Recommended studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4, SA)
  • Recommended studies: Health Education, Physical Education, Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: A study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, plus a study score of at least 25 in one of Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education or Physics.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 3 1
Median OP to receive an offer 13 11
Lowest OP to receive an offer 18 15
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 96 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 74 78
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 64 69
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 90.40 93.10
Median ATAR to receive an offer 66.93 71.90
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.35 58.50
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 92.20 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 65.95 72.75
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.75 59.40

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 7.35%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 19 27.94%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 39 57.35%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 68 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
9 20.45%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 32 72.73%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students 0 0.00%
All students 44 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
5 7.35%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 7.35%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 52 76.47%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 5 7.35%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 68 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sport organisations
  • Sports institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports scientist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Performance analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports coach
  • Sports science manager
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Physical activity officer

Professional experience

Students must complete 200 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

(a) Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new course has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise & Sports Science Australia for the Strathfield, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Science level for graduates in the program from 2019. (Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course).

(b) Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: Graduates can apply for Level 2 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association upon completion of appropriate coaching hours and other ASCA required documentation.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, the technologies available for monitoring and training athletes, and the relationships between nutrition, injury and performance. The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.

The Bachelor of High Performance Sport degree provides an extensive knowledge and skills base relevant to human performance, from the physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives. This provides not only the skills for professional practice in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, and the strength and conditioning of athletes, but also the skills for applying exercise prescription principles across the lifespan for healthy lifestyles and in injury and disease. The course aims to produce graduates with strong understanding and skills for the assessment, design and delivery of meaningful programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret competition and training information, required in high performance sport and related industries. Graduates should also have the capacity to apply their knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner, with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking, and the pursuit of further learning to maintain relevance in their chosen career and industry.

Course duration

2.5*or 3 years, or part-time equivalent

*The 2.5 year course map is only available for students commencing in Semester 1 and will require students to enrol in Summer and Winter units which might not be feasible/attractive for some students. Therefore, a course map is also offered for students seeking a traditional 3-year progression.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC119
From health to high performance sport
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC198
Physiological bases of exercise
(Pre: BIOL125)
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of exercise
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 – Semester 1 EXSC217
Research and ethics in exercise science
EXSC222
Functional anatomy
(Pre: ANAT100)
EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
EXSC242
Exercise physiology: adaptation to exercise and the environment
(Pre: EXSC198)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
EXSC204
Exercise testing, prescription and delivery
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC216
Resistance training: science and application (Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC296
Health and exercise psychology
(Pre: EXSC199)
EXSC218
Internship preparation for coaching and prescription
0 credit points
(Pre: EXSC119 EXSC187 , EXSC199, BIOL125)
Year 3 - Summer EXSC310
Strength and conditioning: fundamentals of athlete preparation
(Pre: EXSC217 or EXSC204)
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC396
Strength and conditioning: prescription for athlete performance
(Pre:EXSC310)
EXSC220
Biomechanics
(Pre: EXSC120)
EXSC309
Internship in Coaching and Prescription
20 credit points
(Pre: EXSC118, EXSC120, EXSC198, EXSC204, EXSC216, EXSC217, EXSC218)
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EXSC319
Performance analysis in sport
(Pre: EXSC230)
Elective 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2922.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23376.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70128.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sport organisations
  • Sports institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sports scientist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Performance analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Rehabilitation coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports coach
  • Sports science manager
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Physical activity officer

Professional experience

Students must complete 200 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

(a) Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new course has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise & Sports Science Australia for the Strathfield, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Science level for graduates in the program from 2019. (Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course).

(b) Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: Graduates can apply for Level 2 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association upon completion of appropriate coaching hours and other ASCA required documentation.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions

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