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Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science

The Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science has been designed as an AQF level 5 course. The Diploma will provide graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills required to work in entry-level positions within the sport and exercise science industry, support career progression, and as preparation for further study.

UAC code 170200 | CRICOS provider code 113886F
FEE-HELP approved | Scholarships available
Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science

Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science

The Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science has been designed as an AQF level 5 course. The Diploma will provide graduates with the foundational knowledge and skills required to work in entry-level positions within the sport and exercise science industry, support career progression, and as preparation for further study.

CRICOS provider code 170200 | CRICOS provider code 113886F
FEE-HELP approved | Scholarships available

Embark on an exciting journey into the world of sport and exercise science with our comprehensive AQF Level 5 Diploma. Whether you’re a recent school graduate, a dedicated industry professional, or someone seeking to elevate their career prospects, the Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science from ACPE is your pathway to success.

Gain the essential knowledge and skills that form the bedrock of the sport and exercise science industry. Our carefully crafted curriculum empowers you with the expertise needed to excel in entry-level roles, setting you on a trajectory for a rewarding career.

Elevate Your Career
Are you a passionate personal trainer or part of a sports team, armed with Cert III and/or Cert IV qualifications, but yearning for more? The Diploma opens doors to career advancement, propelling you toward higher levels of expertise and recognition in the industry.

Seamless Progression
Missed the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree? No problem! The Diploma serves as a springboard, launching you into further studies such as our esteemed Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise). Your aspirations are valid, and we’re here to make them achievable.

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Career opportunities
  • Fitness and Lifestyle Specialist
    Average salary: $65,000 - $75,000
  • Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
    Average salary: $90,000 - $110,000
  • Sports Trainer
    Average salary: $59,000 - $82,000
  • Athletic Performance Coach
    Average salary: $83,000 - $109,000
  • Fitness and Membership Advisor
    Average salary: $47,000 - $57,000

 

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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Areas of study:
  1. Foundational theoretical knowledge within the areas of exercise science and health. 
  2. Technical knowledge in foundational sport and exercise science. 
  3. Knowledge of the scope of practice for an entry level sport and exercise science professional.
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Course duration

1 year full time or part time equivalent

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Intake dates

4 March 2024

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Study flexibility

The units will be delivered on campus with selected units available online.

The Diploma of Community Sport and Movement can be completed in one year of full time study, or a part time equivalent. The course is delivered on campus with selected units online, with FEE-HELP approved, as well as Payment Plans, and Upfront payments available. Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.

Not ready for a lengthy commitment?
The Diploma is the perfect solution  if you desire higher education without the commitment of a full 3-year degree.

Transfer Credit
You may apply for an assessment of your prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

Articulation, RPL and credit arrangements (if applicable):
Students who successfully complete the Sport and Exercise Science are eligible to articulate into the following degrees:

 

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FEE-HELP Approved, Payment Plans, Upfront payment available. Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.

Semester 1

  • GHS1301 Understanding Health
  • HSC1106 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science
  • HSC1202 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
  • HSC1105 Exercise Prescription
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Semester 2

  • HSC1209 Growth and Development
  • HSC1104 Skill Acquisition
  • HSC1208 Nutrition as Medicine
  • HSC1206 Physiology of Human Movement
Semester 1Unit nameOn campusOnline
GHS1301Understanding Health

This unit provides students with an understanding of the various social, biological and environmental determinants that shape the health of individuals and populations. It is also designed to equip students with the foundational academic learning, numeracy and literacy skills required for success in all aspects of their studies.

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HSC1106Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science

This unit provides students with knowledge and understanding of the skills and standards required of an exercise science professional. Technical and communications skills will be a focus in this unit with students required to demonstrate these competencies in relevant contexts.

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HSC1202Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology

This unit provides students with a basic knowledge of anatomical structures and their function in the human body. Content will focus on function and integration of the neuro-musculoskeletal system relevant to human movement.

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HSC1105Exercise Prescription

This unit introduces students to the principles of exercise prescription. Students will learn about the risks associated with exercise and how to manage these risks using pre-screening and assessment procedures. This foundational knowledge will assist in the development of individually tailored exercise prescription programs for the apparently healthy population, whose goals are to improve overall health, physical fitness and performance.

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Semester 2Unit nameOn campusOnline
HSC1209Growth and Development

This unit examines the structural, physiological, motor and psychosocial domains of human growth and development across the lifespan. The concepts of chronological and biological age and their implications at different life stages will be investigated. Students will also examine these domains and their impact on physical activity.

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HSC1104Skill Acquisition

This unit provides students with the theoretical background and practical experiences that allow them to understand how the acquisition of motor skills affects performance. Students will explore the mechanisms that underpin motor learning principles, identify factors that affect the learning and development of motor skills and apply these principles to several different practical settings.

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HSC1208Nutrition as Medicine

This unit develops students’ understanding of food, nutrition and health, including food sources of nutrients, food and nutrient recommendations for health, and methods for measuring food intake and behaviour. Students will also examine the role of macronutrients and key micronutrients in energy balance and general wellbeing throughout the life course and their contribution to the development of diet-related disease.

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HSC1206Physiology of Human Movement

This unit provides students with detailed knowledge of physiology as a foundation for exploring human movement. Students will cover physiology from cellular to systems level and examine how homeostasis is maintained in the human body at rest, and physiological responses during exercise.

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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.
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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.
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Alternative Entry

An applicant seeking admission who is unable to demonstrate that they satisfactorily meet the General Admission Criteria above may apply to the College to be considered for Alternate Entry. The applicant may be requested to provide evidence that will demonstrate they have a reasonable likelihood of success in studies with the College. This includes mature entry (over 21 years) with relevant experience, elite athletes with interrupted study due to sports commitments, and any other potential applicants who may not meet the criteria above. Entry with advanced standing through educational pathways (e.g. RPL or credit transfer) may also be available based on previous study.

The ACPE Advantage

Backed by research and industry insights, ACPE has tailored this Diploma to meet the diverse needs of learners like you. We understand your aspirations and have designed this program to align perfectly with your goals.

Don't wait to kickstart your journey in the dynamic world of sport and exercise science. Unleash your potential with the Diploma of Sport and Exercise Science from ACPE and lay the groundwork for a successful future. Enrol today and be ready to make your mark in the industry!

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
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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

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