Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
096065M
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)

Description

The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education degree has core studies that provide an extensive knowledge and skills base in human health, wellness and performance, with a specific focus on the role of sport, exercise and outdoor education. This is addressed from a psychological, physiological, exercise prescription and outdoor education perspective, explored in the contexts of community health, well-being, recreational physical activity, sports performance and outdoor education leadership. Industry-relevant practicum experience is embedded in the course

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (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
EXSC201
Foundations of the outdoor experience
EXSC347
Nutrition and exercise
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC202
Journeying in the natural world
(Pre: EXSC201)
EXSC229
Leadership development in team games
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC290
The aquatic environment and the outdoor experience
EXSC189
Research and ethics in exercise science
Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC198
Physiological bases of exercise
EXSC390
Leadership and the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
Elective
Year 2 – Semester 2 Industry experience preparation    
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC392
Leadership development in physical activity
EXSC312
River journeys and connection to place
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC399
Industry experience
(Pre: EXSC205)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EXSC391
Evaluation of the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC390)
Elective Elective

*Equivalent registration of Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness. Depending on the elective units chosen, students can fulfil the required competencies to facilitate student application for equivalent registration of Certificate III and IV in Fitness by completion of second year or after.
**Map may vary depending on campus.

'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

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8654 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.

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, Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Queensland

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

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: A study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English

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

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 8 6
Median OP to receive an offer 16 14
Lowest OP to receive an offer 20 16
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 86 91
Median Rank to receive an offer 67 71
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 62 67
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 87.70 90.55
Median ATAR to receive an offer 71.40 75.00
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 50.90 61.05
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 89.30 94.80
Median ATAR to receive an offer 69.60 72.10
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 59.40 64.40

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 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 27.78%
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) 9 50.00%
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) 0 0.00%
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 18 100%
  • 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 21.74%
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) 15 65.22%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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 23 100%
  • 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 N/P
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
<5 N/P
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) 8 66.67%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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 0 0.00%
All students 12 100%
  • 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

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Direct Applications

You can apply Direct to ACU for selected Bachelor's degrees if you have not already applied through VTAC or UAC.
Please note that you must apply through VTAC or UAC if you are a Year 12 student, or if you're applying for an undergraduate course at more than one institution.

Melbourne

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

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
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Corporate fitness
  • Commercial and educational outdoor leader
  • Adventure therapy
  • Outdoor recreation leadership
  • Camp director/manager/programmer
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Sports coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant

Professional experience

Students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience (practicum).

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.

Volunteer experience

Principles of community engagement are integrated throughout this course, and are explicit in the professional experience (practicum) units.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

Pathways to further study

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent upon elective choices)
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices)

More course information

Students become part of ACU’s national and international commitment to community engagement and outreach to populations in need, both in Australia and overseas. Students can undertake practicum placements in a range of challenging and inspiring settings, informed by the work of leading ACU specialists in the fields of outdoor recreation/leadership, exercise science, health science, health promotion, allied health, education, and community engagement.

Contacts for future students

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Description

The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education degree has core studies that provide an extensive knowledge and skills base in human health, wellness and performance, with a specific focus on the role of sport, exercise and outdoor education. This is addressed from a psychological, physiological, exercise prescription and outdoor education perspective, explored in the contexts of community health, well-being, recreational physical activity, sports performance and outdoor education leadership. Industry-relevant practicum experience is embedded in the course

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Melbourne
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 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
EXSC201
Foundations of the outdoor experience
EXSC347
Nutrition and exercise
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC202
Journeying in the natural world
(Pre: EXSC201)
EXSC229
Leadership development in team games
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC290
The aquatic environment and the outdoor experience
EXSC189
Research and ethics in exercise science
Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC198
Physiological bases of exercise
EXSC390
Leadership and the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC230
Motor control and learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
Elective
Year 2 – Semester 2 Industry experience preparation    
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC392
Leadership development in physical activity
EXSC312
River journeys and connection to place
(Pre: EXSC202)
EXSC399
Industry experience
(Pre: EXSC205)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
EXSC391
Evaluation of the outdoor experience
(Pre: EXSC390)
Elective Elective

*Equivalent registration of Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness. Depending on the elective units chosen, students can fulfil the required competencies to facilitate student application for equivalent registration of Certificate III and IV in Fitness by completion of second year or after.
**Map may vary depending on campus.

'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: $2783.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22264.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $66792.00 (2019)

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

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

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

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
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Corporate fitness
  • Commercial and educational outdoor leader
  • Adventure therapy
  • Outdoor recreation leadership
  • Camp director/manager/programmer
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Sports coach
  • Fitness advisor
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant

Professional experience

Students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience (practicum).

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.

Volunteer experience

Principles of community engagement are integrated throughout this course, and are explicit in the professional experience (practicum) units.

English language requirements

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests.

Pathways to further study

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent upon elective choices)
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices)

More course information

Students become part of ACU’s national and international commitment to community engagement and outreach to populations in need, both in Australia and overseas. Students can undertake practicum placements in a range of challenging and inspiring settings, informed by the work of leading ACU specialists in the fields of outdoor recreation/leadership, exercise science, health science, health promotion, allied health, education, and community engagement.

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