Do you love sports and staying active? Are you always looking for ways to improve results and fitness? Do you enjoy helping others reach their goals?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a career in sports and exercise science might be the perfect fit for you.
Sports and exercise scientists work in three main areas to help people: improve athletic performance; improve physical health and wellbeing; and recover from injuries.
These are very broad areas within the health sciences field, and sports and exercise science covers a huge range of career pathways, including postgraduate study.
So how do you know what’s right for you?
Luckily, with ACPE’s Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) degree, the world is your sports and exercise science oyster.
Our full-time, three-year degree (or part-time equivalent) allows you to develop a strong foundation in the application, implementation and evaluation of healthy lifestyles and exercise by teaching you the science behind health, physical activity and exercise.
The exercise major provides you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of exercise prescription, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
You’ll learn how the human body functions in response to exercise, physical activity and training while building a broad understanding of biomedicine and exercise science fields. And you’ll explore the role of the sociocultural aspects that underpin lifestyle opportunities and be introduced to strategies aimed at bringing about individual and community change – setting you up with the foundations to help others achieve their health and fitness goals.
Our course is divided into three major study areas or “streams”:
- Determinants of Health Stream introduces health promotion principles and provides an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors influencing general health and wellbeing.
- Bioscience Stream provides a background in the structure and function of the human body and explores the concepts of exercise physiology.
- Exercise Stream provides knowledge in the science of exercise to optimise health, physical activity, and lifestyle management for all people.
Theory is great, but what about practical skills?
To excel in a sports and exercise career, it takes a passion for sports, fitness, health and wellbeing. You also need to be a great communicator and enjoy working in team environments, working alongside athletes, coaches and medical professionals such as dieticians, doctors and physiotherapists.
You also need problem solving and critical thinking skills, including the ability to absorb and interpret scientific information.
At ACPE, we understand that you don’t develop these kinds of skills from just opening a textbook or listening to lectures. That’s why our sports and exercise science students learn in a practical environment using modern equipment and technology in both lab and field settings to help you develop the non-academic skills and attributes you need to succeed in the sports and exercise science field.
This degree gives you an excellent foundation to start your sports and exercise career including as a sports and/or exercise scientist, high performance sport advisor, laboratory technician, rehabilitation consultant, sport and exercise researcher, strength and conditioning coach, community education officer, or others – the list goes on!
“My focus has shifted from playing sport myself, to helping others improve their fitness for the game,” says Michael Dale, an ACPE Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) graduate.
Whichever career path you choose, you’ll have the tools required to help people achieve their health and fitness goals.
Postgraduate study options and career paths
Not only that, with an ACPE Bachelor of Health Science Exercise careers choices are many. Our degree offers the perfect start on a career path for those looking to enhance their knowledge and skills through further studies in the biomedical and professional health fields.
It can also open the door to further postgraduate study to supercharge your career in sports and exercise science. Further study options include exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics and chiropractic qualifications, and more.
“I always intended to continue on to do my postgraduate degree, which this Bachelor set me up perfectly for,” says Jonathan Bruce, an ACPE Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise) graduate and College Dux.
Bachelor of health science exercise careers have never looked better. With a booming sports, health and exercise industry and a huge number of diverse pathways to choose from, now is the time for you to explore a rewarding career in an industry with limitless potential.
If you love sport and exercise and have been thinking of studying a Bachelor of Health Science Exercise or a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science, get in touch with our friendly ACPE team to discuss if our Bachelor of Sports Science (Exercise) is right for you.