Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity providing employment opportunities for sport scientists, coaches and managers in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, institutes, academies, and other sporting organisations. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, to optimise individual and team performance. A professional working in this industry will know testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, technologies to monitoring and train athletes, and the relationships between nutrition, injury and performance. Utilising this knowledge to plan and deliver meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness. This course provides extensive knowledge and skills relevant to human performance, from physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives, providing skills for professional practice in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, strength and conditioning of athletes, and applying exercise prescription principles for healthy lifestyles and in injury and disease. Graduates gain strong understanding and skills for assessment, design and delivery of programs to enhance athletic performance, reduce the likelihood of injury and illness by using appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret competition and training information. Graduates apply their knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner, with problem solving and self-management skills promoting independent learning and thinking, and the pursuit of further learning to maintain relevance in the industry.


240 credit points. Students must complete 200 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.


  • Growth, motor development and ageing
  • Psychology of sport
  • From health to high performance sport
  • Anatomical foundations of exercise science
  • Mechanical bases of exercise
  • Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
  • plus more

Standard entry requirements

  • 12 level, or equivalent. NSW Prerequisites: English (Standard)-Band 3, NSW Recommended Studies: English (Standard) Band 3
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA), QLD Recommended Studies: Health Education, Physical Education, Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. VIC Prerequisites: A study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, plus a study score of at least 25 in one of Mathematics (any), Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education or Physics.


Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new degree has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise and Sports Science Australia for the Strathfield and Melbourne campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Scientist level for graduates in the program from 2019. (Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course). Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: This degree will soon seek accreditation at ASCA Level 1 and partial accreditation at ASCA Level 2 for graduates in the program from 2019.

Study pathways

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to: postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport; postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation; one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research; further study in other allied health professions.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $70,128 No information available No No information available
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $70,128 No information available No No information available
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $70,128 No information available No No information available

Further information

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for: Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments; High performance sport organisations; Sports institutes and academies; Corporate fitness; Strength and conditioning coach; Sports scientist; Exercise scientist; Performance analyst; Data analyst; Rehabilitation coach; Fitness advisor; Sports coach; Sports science manager; Health and fitness consultant; Physical activity officer.

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