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Build a career within the industry or use your passion to become a high-performance manager when you study a Bachelor of Applied Fitness at ACPE.

Designed by professional fitness association members and industry leaders, this hands-on course offers the flexibility and professional development you need to break into the competitive fitness and personal training industry.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Fitness are eligible to register with Fitness Australia.

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Course snapshot

A snapshot of the Bachelor of Applied Fitness

  • Course duration
    3 years full time or part time equivalent
  • Study mode
    Face to face with selected subjects available online
  • Online learning
    Selected units available online for students enrolled in courses that are not fully online. Online units in these courses are taught with a viable cohort of students. If the cohort in these units is too small to ensure an optimal student experience, the College reserves the right to alter the delivery mode to on-campus or mixed mode.
  • Intakes
    8 March 2021
    FEE-HELP approved (for domestic students)
    Payment plans & direct payment available
    Tuition payment arrangements must be confirmed upon admission to the college.
  • Transfer credit
    An applicant may apply for an assessment of their prior learning at the time of applying for entry to an award course of the college.

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Course overview

An overview of the Bachelor of Applied Fitness.

About the course

The Bachelor of Applied Fitness combines the theory and practice of health and fitness studies, exercise prescription, small business management and the science of training. Build a career as a fitness professional or use your passion to become a high performance manager when you study a Bachelor of Applied Fitness at ACPE.

Designed by professional fitness association members, providers of current industry accreditation, and academics with industry experience, the Bachelor of Applied Fitness is divided into four strands.

  • Health Studies
  • Fitness Science
  • Physical Activity and Exercise Prescription
  • Professional Development

Career Outcomes

Begin your fitness career

This qualification provides a gateway to lucrative growth areas in health and physical fitness – through personal training, corporate health, special needs training, fitness writing, and event presentation. It can also open doors to further study and research in fitness and health-related fields.

This course does not include a Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness, however builds upon these qualifications. Students are eligible to register with Fitness Australia upon graduation.

Course streams

The degree is made up of the following courses

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Performance and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Health and Activity for Diverse Populations
  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Health, Lifestyle Disease and Exercise Prescription
  • Small Business Management – Principles and Practices for the Fitness Industry


Course structure

The full time course structure for the Bachelor of Applied Fitness.

The Bachelor of Applied Fitness degree can be completed in three years of full-time study. The degree program is divided into six semesters.

Semester 1

  • Understanding Health
  • Foundation of Human Biology for Fitness
  • Fitness Principles and Programming
  • Introduction to Responsible Fitness Management

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Performance and Exercise Psychology
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription Throughout the Lifespan
  • Small Business Management – Principles for the Fitness Industry

Semester 3

  • Health & Activity for Diverse Populations
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Introduction to Understanding Sport and Fitness Research

Semester 4

  • Principles of Health Promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise & Social Development Through the Lifespan
  • IT in Fitness

Semester 5

  • Fitness Industry Trends and Issues
  • Mechanics of Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Professional Communication
  • Professional Integrity

Semester 6

  • Professional Practice and Reflection in the Fitness Industry
  • Health, Lifestyle Disease and Exercise Prescription
  • Small Business Practices
  • Problem Based Learning: Theme of Fitness for Diverse Populations


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