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Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health (Pathway to Education)

Transform your passion for physical activity and health into a dynamic career with the Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health. This program offers an exciting blend of health, sports science and movement, providing a solid foundation for future careers and further study. Join us and make a positive impact on the long-term health of communities. This course is also a pathway to the Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education).

UAC code 170160 | CRICOS code 108822J
FEE-HELP approved | Scholarships available
Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health (Pathway to Education)

Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health (Pathway to Education)

Transform your passion for physical activity and health into a dynamic career with the Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health. This program offers an exciting blend of health, sports science and movement, providing a solid foundation for future careers and further study. Join us and make a positive impact on the long-term health of communities. This course is also a pathway to the Bachelor of Education (Physical and Health Education).

CRICOS provider code 170160 | CRICOS code 108822J
FEE-HELP approved | Scholarships available

The Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health (Pathway to Education) provides an exciting blend of health, sport science, and movement, giving you a springboard into a variety of careers and further study.

It is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in health-related fields with a particular focus on physical activity and sport. You will learn how to take responsibility for planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating physical activity and health initiatives to help others become more physically active and improve their health.

Equipped with the knowledge and skills required, you will be work-ready to be employed in Government, community organisations, and the private health sector to promote the importance of physical activity for health.

The Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health is a pathway for the Bachelor of Education (Physical & Health Education).  The first year of the pathway degree and the Education degree have the same units so you do not lose credits or any time when you transfer to the education degree in the second year.

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Career opportunities
  • Community Engagement Officer
    Average salary: $70,000 - $110,000
  • Health and Wellbeing Manager
    Average salary: $115,000 - $135,000
  • Sport Development Manager
    Average salary: $68,000 - $93,000
  • Sport and Recreation Officer
    Average salary: $67,000 - $95,000
  • Association or Club Development Officer
    Average salary: $46,000 - $83,000

 

Most salaries are sourced from au.indeed.com and payscale.com and are in AUD. Information is current as of December 2023.

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Further study options
  • Teaching (PHE)
  • Sport development
  • Public health
  • Community development
  • Sport management
  • Sport and recreation management
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Course duration
  • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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Intake dates
  • 4 March 2024
  • 5 August 2024
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Study flexibility

This course is available on campus with selected units available online.

The Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health (Pathway to Education) can be completed in 3 years of full-time study and is divided into 6 semesters. Some course units are available online for students not enrolled in fully online courses. If the number of students in these units is too small, ACPE may change the delivery mode to on-campus or mixed mode to ensure an optimal student experience.

CRICOS provider code (108822J)

 

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This course is FEE-HELP approved for domestic students.

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Health Priorities for Australia
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Physical Literacy for Children & Young People

 

Semester 2

  • Health and Physical Activity: A Sociological Perspective
  • Physiology of Human Movement
  • Musculo-Skeletal Anatomy and Physiology  
  • Pedagogy for Physical Education & Sport

Semester 3

  • Professional Communication
  • Foundations of Health Promotion
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Inclusive Health and Physical Activity

 

Semester 4

  • Leadership
  • Nutrition as Medicine
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Promoting Physical Activity

Semester 5

  • Event Planning & Project Management
  • Psychology of Behaviour Change
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Elective 1 (see Elective Options tab)

 

Semester 6

  •  Program Planning
  •  Exercise is Medicine
  •  Work Integrated Learning 2
  •  Elective 2 (see Elective Options tab)

Elective options

  • GHS2107 Health Promotion Strategies
  • PER2101 Composition and Performance
  • GHS2301 Professional Integrity
  • PER2301 Athletics and Aquatics Specialisation
  • HSC2202 Nutrition for Health and Sporting Performance
  • HSC3203 Sports medicine
  • PER3206 Research in Action
  • SPB2203 Sport & Human Resource Management
  • SPB3202 Entrepreneurship in the Sport Industry

Alternate entry

ACPE offers a range of alternative entry pathways to help you enter a degree.  If you are looking to turn your passion for sport into a career, an industry-recognised qualification from ACPE will give you the foundation you need.  For more information visit our Early & Alternate Entry Pathways page.

 

Compulsory requirements

  • All applicants must meet minimum computer literacy standards as determined by ACPE and have unrestricted access to the internet and a personal email account.
  • Mac or Windows laptop with the following minimum requirements: 16GB of memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and a front facing webcam/camera.
  • Domestic applicants must be 18 years of age or turn 18 within their first semester of study. International applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements for their chosen course of study.
  • For courses that involve work-integrated learning where you may deal with children (i.e. under 18 years of age), applicants require a valid “Working with Children Check” which needs to be supplied to ACPE before you commence your course.

We are not ATAR dependent

The good news is our courses are not ATAR-dependent. Instead, you can be considered for admission via one of the following criteria:

  • A minimum NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent meeting required standards in relevant subjects.
  • Performance in relevant year 11 results for early entry pending release of HSC results.
  • An Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Tertiary Preparation Certificate from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification.
  • A completed Certificate IV from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification plus completed year 11 or an equivalent.
  • One year of full-time or an equivalent study in a degree course at a recognised higher education institute in Australia or an equivalent.
  • Satisfaction of entry requirements specified under formal articulation arrangements as determined by the ACPE Academic Board.
  • Completion of a Big Picture Education Portfolio at a Big Picture School, supported by a recommendation from the school principal.
  • A recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English.
  • Demonstration to the CEO or the Dean’s satisfaction of good selection prospects as a student (for example, relevant work experience and motivation to study), and ineligibility to compete for admission based on the above academic achievement criteria.

 

While a qualification can accepted for admission into a diploma, associate degree or bachelor’s degree study, a higher performance standard is required for bachelor’s degree entry. Applicants who don’t meet the required standard can pursue associate degree or diploma study. Upon successful completing the diploma or associate degree study, you can articulate into the bachelor’s degree and apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is Australia's leading sport education provider that is renowned for its specialist accredited degree and diploma programs.

We offer a range of degree and diploma courses in sport, football, health, education, and dance.

Gear up for success at ACPE and turn your passion for sport into a career:

  • Gain an industry-leading degree
  • Study closely with industry experts
  • Gaining a qualification specifically designed by the sport industry for the sport industry
  • Be work-ready with experience placements
  • Thrive on campus at the home of sport, Sydney Olympic Park

We outshine our competitors based on the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience Survey, which is run by the Government. This is important because it tells you what our current students have said about their experiences at ACPE.

Compared to other universities and education providers, ACPE is rated in the top 20 for the overall quality of the student experience in 2022. We achieved a 92.7% rating for teaching quality, 87.6% for the quality of the overall student experience, and 90.5% for student support - significantly ahead - making ACPE the leading provider of sport, health, and dance courses in Australia.

Located at Sydney Olympic Park, we are surrounded by sport organisations and industry partners presenting opportunities at our doorstep. We are FEE-HELP approved and not ATAR dependent. Turn your passion for sport into a career. Why go anywhere else?

ACPE CRICOS provider code (01822J)

 

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92.7% score in Teaching Quality*
*SES (Student Experience Survey 2022)

Overall Graduate Employment Rate GOS 2020 Icon

89.6% in Overall Graduate Employment Rate*
*QILT (Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2022)

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50% increase in employment within the sports industry in the next 5 years*
*Australian Bureau of Statistics 2020

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Over 106 years of educating generations of sport professionals since 1917

Inherent Requirements

If you are intending to enrol in a Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Physical Activity for Health Course, you should look at these inherent requirement statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements.

Inherent requirement statements
1Health is a professional area that is governed by code of conduct and standards where health practitioners are both accountable and responsible for ensuring safe and professional behaviour in all contexts.
2Student demonstrates knowledge of, and engages in ethical behaviour in practice.
3Justification of inherent requirement: Compliance with the standards, codes, guidelines and policies facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and/or the people with whom they engage. This supports the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all.Understanding and applying key ethical and conduct principles are requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers for students in school settings. Students in school settings must meet graduate teaching standards in order to graduate and to be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher.
4Adjustments must ensure the codes and standards are not compromised or result in unethical behaviour. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars: Demonstrate ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour. Complying with requirements relating to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality with client information in academic and professional settings.
Inherent requirement statements
1Behavioural stability is required to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in this role
2Student demonstrates: Behavioural stability to work constructively in diverse and challenging academic and professional environment.
3Justification of inherent requirement: Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Health students may be exposed to emergency situations, and will be required to have behavioural stability to manage these events.
4Adjustments must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in both academic and clinical settings. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars: Reflecting on practice and responding appropriately to constructive feedback. Coping with own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with individuals in the professional setting.
Inherent requirement statements
1Health practitioners practice is mandated by legislation to enable the safe delivery of care.
2Student demonstrates knowledge and compliance with Australian Law and professional regulation and scope of practice.
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Knowledge, understanding and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and standards are necessary pre-requisites to work integrated learning placements, to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.

Compliance with these professional regulations and the Australian Law ensures that students are both responsible and accountable for their practice.

4Adjustments must be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars: Complying with the policies of work integrated learning facilities e.g. Work Health and Safety Act and uniform requirements

This course requires effective, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.

Verbal

Inherent requirement statements
1Effective verbal communication, in English, is an essential requirement to provide safe delivery of instruction and care
2Student demonstrates: Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences» The ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.

The ability to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation.

Timely clear feedback and reporting.

3Justification of inherent requirement: Communicating in a way that displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationship. Communication may be restricted to verbal because of limitations of the individual (e.g. injury, disease or congenital conditions).

Speed and interactivity of communication may be critical for individual safety or treatment.

Timely, accurate and effective delivery of instructions is critical to individual safety, treatment and management.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure appropriate treatment and management. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Participating in tutorial discussions and practising verbal communication skills during practical classes.

Establishing rapport with “clients” required for student assessment or other health professionals in the work placement setting.

Non-Verbal

Inherent requirement statements
1Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to physiotherapy and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic and non-judgemental.
2Student demonstrates:

The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues and gestures.

Consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviour.

Sensitivity to individual differences and/or cultural differences.

3Justification of inherent requirement:

The ability to observe and understand non-verbal cues assists with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.

Displaying consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries and body movements and gestures promotes trust in academic and professional relationships.

Being sensitive to individual and/or cultural differences, displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships.

The ability to observe and understand non-verbal cues is essential for safe and effective observation of client symptoms and reactions to facilitate the assessment and treatment of patients.

4Adjustments must enable the recognition, initiation of or appropriate response to effective non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner.Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars: Recognising and responding appropriately to cues and activities in classroom situations. Recognising and responding appropriately to cues in the work placement setting.

Written

Inherent requirement statements
1Effective written communication, in English, is a fundamental health practitioner’s responsibility with professional and legal ramifications.
2Student demonstrates the capacity to construct and model coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstance.
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Construction of written text based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards are necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter for professional practice.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information in both academic and clinical environments. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Constructing an essay to academic standards.

Constructing client notes, reports and data in a timely manner that meets legal and professional standards.

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition, literacy, numeracy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement statements
1Consistent and effective knowledge and cognitive skills must be demonstrated to provide safe, effective and timely information.
2Student demonstrates:

The capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information.

The ability to process information relevant to practice.

Ability to integrate and implement knowledge into practice in a timely manner.

3Justification of inherent requirement: Safe and effective practice is based on comprehensive knowledge that must be sourced, understood and applied appropriately.
4Adjustments must ensure that a clear demonstration of knowledge and cognitive skills is not compromised or impeded. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Ability to conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.

Appropriately applying knowledge of theory, research evidence, policies and procedures in the workplace setting.

Literacy (language)

Inherent requirement statements
1Competent literacy skills are essential to provide safe and effective delivery of care.
2Student demonstrates:

The ability to accurately acquire information and convey appropriate, effective messages.

Ability to read and comprehend a range of literature and information.

The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner.

3Justification of inherent requirement:

The ability to acquire information and to accurately convey messages is fundamental to ensure safe and effective assessment, treatment and delivery of care.

The ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental for safe and effective delivery of care.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must demonstrate a capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Conveying spoken and written messages accurately and effectively in a professional setting.

Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions in written assignments.

Numeracy

Inherent requirement statements
1Competent and accurate numeracy skills are essential for safe and effective health practitioner management.
2Student demonstrates the ability to interpret and correctly apply data, measurements and numerical criteria.
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Competent application of numeracy skills is essential in health to facilitate the safe and effective delivery of relevant health services.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must demonstrate a capacity to interpret and apply concepts and processes appropriately in a timely, accurate and effective manner. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Interpreting and analysing testing and result outputs.

Recording accurately measurements in client notes.

Not Applicable.

This course requires adequate visual, auditory and tactile abilities.

Visual

Inherent requirement statements
1Adequate visual acuity is required to provide safe and effective health management.
2Student demonstrates sufficient visual acuity to perform the required range of skills
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient visual acuity to demonstrate the required range of skills, tasks and assessments to maintain consistent, accurate and safe care of self and to others.

Visual observations, examinations and assessment are fundamental to safe and effective health practice.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must address the need to perform the full range of tasks involved in clinical practice. Any strategies to address the effects of the vision impairment must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment or safety. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars: Safely operating equipment

Auditory

Inherent requirement statements
1Adequate auditory ability is required to provide safe and effective health management.
2Student demonstrates sufficient aural function to perform the required range of skills
3Justification of inherent requirement: Sufficient auditory ability is necessary to monitor, assess and manage an individual’s health needs consistently and accurately.Auditory assessments and observations are fundamental to safe and effective professional practice.
4Adjustments: Adjustments must address the need to perform the range of tasks involved in clinical practice. Any strategies to address the effects of the hearing loss must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment of safety. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars: Performing accurately cardiopulmonary assessment by auscultation.Detecting care requests by calls for help.

Tactile

Inherent requirement statements
1Sufficient tactile ability is required to perform competent and safe health care management.
2Student demonstrates sufficient tactile function to undertake a range of skills and assessments.
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient tactile ability is necessary to monitor, assess and detect patients’ physical characteristics and act on any abnormalities detected to provide appropriate management.

Tactile assessments and observations are fundamental to safe and effective practice.

4Adjustments must have the capacity to make effective assessments of physical characteristics and abnormalities within safe time frames. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Palpating joints, muscles, and soft tissues to detect anatomical or movement abnormalities.

This course requires strength and mobility involving fine and gross motor skills.

Gross motor skills

Inherent requirement statements
1Health practitioners practice may involve physical demands and requires gross motor function.
2Student demonstrates the ability to perform gross motor skills to function within the scope of practice.
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient gross motor skills are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise care.

Tasks that involve gross motor skills include sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, twisting and bending. Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must facilitate functional effectiveness, safety of self and others and a capacity to provided appropriate care. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Maintaining own and client’s balance, while providing client support, when transferring and mobilising individuals in a safe manner.

Evaluating clients, in a safe and effective manner, who have varying physical capacity.

Fine motor skills

Inherent requirement statements
1Careers in health are a profession that requires manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
2Student demonstrates the ability to use fine motor skills to provide safe effective care.
3Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient fine motor skills are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise education and care. Tasks that involve fine motor skills include being able to grasp, press, push, turn, squeeze and manipulate various objects. Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to themselves and others.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must facilitate functional effectiveness, safety to self and others and a capacity to provide appropriate care. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Performing assessment techniques.

Inherent requirement statements
1Health Practitioners require both physical and mental performance at a consistent and sustained level.
2Student demonstrates:

Consistent and sustained level of physical energy to complete a specific task in a timely manner and over time.

The ability to perform repetitive activities with a level of concentration that ensures a capacity to focus on the activity until it is completed appropriately.

The capacity to maintain consistency and quality of performance throughout the designated period of time.

3Justification of inherent requirement:

Sufficient physical and mental endurance is an essential requirement needed to perform multiple tasks in an assigned period to provide safe and effective care.

4Adjustments: Adjustments must ensure that performance is consistent and sustained over a given period. Adjustments specific to the individual can be discussed with Director of Student Services and Campus Wellbeing.
5Exemplars:

Participating in tutorials and lectures.

Providing consistent health care management over a negotiated time frame.

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