Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Australian Catholic University

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

The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions, including sport scientists, coaches and managers. In Australia, there are employment opportunities in professional and semi-professional sporting teams, Australian and state institutes of sport, academies of sport, and other sporting organisations. These opportunities extend to the international market. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete, with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes. A professional working in this industry needs to know about testing protocols to assess athlete performance, principles of strength and conditioning, the technologies available for monitoring and training athletes, and the relationships between nutrition, injury and performance. The application of this knowledge and understanding to the planning and delivery of meaningful interventions for athletes to enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness is essential for a professional working in the high performance sport environment.The Bachelor of High Performance Sport degree provides an extensive knowledge and skills base relevant to human performance, from the physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives. This provides not only the skills for professional practice in sports performance and analysis, exercise programming, and the strength and conditioning of athletes, but also the skills for applying exercise prescription principles across the lifespan for healthy lifestyles and in injury and disease. The course aims to produce graduates with strong understanding and skills for the assessment, design and delivery of meaningful programs that enhance athletic performance and reduce the likelihood of injury and illness, using appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret competition and training information, required in high performance sport and related industries. Graduates should also have the capacity to apply their knowledge and skills in an ethical, fair and respectful manner, with problem solving and self-management skills that promote independent learning and thinking, and the pursuit of further learning to maintain relevance in their chosen career and industry.

Structure

240 credit points. Students must complete 200 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Subjects

  • High performance sport
  • Sport and exercise science

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.New South Wales Prerequisites: English (Standard) -Band 3 Recommended studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.Queensland Prerequisites: English (Units 3 and 4, C) Recommended Studies: one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 and 4, C)Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Recognition

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

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Blacktown (St Josephine Bakhita) International: $74,400 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $74,400
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $74,400
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $74,400
  • ATAR: 58.5
No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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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