Bachelor of Applied Fitness

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Australian College of Physical Education
  • Awarded by

    Australian College of Physical Education

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Gym Manager | Fitness Instructor | Performance Manager | Specialist Trainer | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    With the fitness industry continuing to grow at a rapid speed, there is no time like the present to achieve your professional goals as a personal training and fitness instructor with a Bachelor of Applied Fitness course. Offering a rounded overview of the fitness industry, this course provides you with instruction in nutrition, anatomy, physiology, health planning, motivational strategies, biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise and eating plan selection and rehabilitation.

    Graduates will have a breadth of knowledge across all aspects of fitness, both practically and professionally. Delivered as on-campus course (with selected subjects studied online) at ACPE, this qualification will ready you for the rigours and challenges of a career within the fitness industry.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

    • A minimum HSC (Higher School Certificate) average of 60 (calculated from the average of the highest 6 units completed) or equivalent; OR
    • Hold a qualification from a recognised higher education provider; OR
    • Hold an associate diploma or higher from a recognised VET provider; OR
    • Have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree from an Australian university; OR
    • Satisfy entry requirements specified under formal articulation agreements as determined by the ACPE academic board
  • Subject Breakdown

    In this personal training course, the subjects you will study include:

    • Understanding health
    • Foundation of human biology for fitness
    • Fitness principles and programming
    • Introduction to responsible fitness management
    • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
    • Exercise prescription throughout the lifespan
    • Small business management – principles for the fitness industry
    • Health and activity for diverse populations
    • Applied exercise physiology for fitness
    • Strength and conditioning
    • Introduction to Understanding Sport and Fitness Research
    • Principles of health promotion
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise and social development through the lifespan
    • IT in fitness
    • Fitness industry trends and issues
    • Mechanics of prevention and rehabilitation
    • Professional Communication
    • Professional integrity
    • Professional practice and reflection in the fitness industry
    • Health, Lifestyle, Disease and Exercise Prescription
    • Small business management practices
    • Problem based learning: theme of fitness for diverse populations
  • Why Australian College of Physical Education?

    The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s leading education providers when it comes to all things sports management, applied fitness, dance and physical education. Students here will graduate with the training to work as fitness professionals as well as the knowledge to manage their own businesses.

    ACPE is one of the oldest higher education providers in NSW, providing a premier learning experience for over 100 years. By gaining your qualification at ACPE, you will receive a nationally recognised credential and have access to world-class athletic facilities and training that draws in students from all over the globe.

    A key value for the team at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is to ensure their staff and students are well supported and are encouraged to develop both personally and professionally.

    ACPE has a Student Learning Services (SLS) resource centre which is a student’s hub for all things relating to academic skills and success throughout their studies. Students also have access to SMARTTHINKING - an online service that gives students 24-hour access to academic tutors and resources.

    **Want to get a feel for what it's like to study with ACPE? Head to their Open Day held at their Sydney campus on Saturday, February 2nd. Enquire now for more event info.**


    All student testimonials for Australian College of Physical Education

    "ACPE has been great in understanding and being flexible to my needs as a student but also as a full-time athlete living mostly overseas. This is one of the main reasons i chose to study at ACPE because I had heard of the support given to elite athletes. The staff and unit co-ordinators within my faculty and course and have been overly helpful and always given me the best chance to complete all tasks wherever O am in the world. I would definitely recommend ACPE and my course in particular to anyone looking to study but to also have a good balance in life whether personal or sporting, and I am very grateful for having the support of ACPE."

  • Campus locations

    This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

    You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Applied Fitness from the Australian College of Physical Education.

    The qualification will make you a more attractive candidate for a whole range of positions within the growing fitness industry.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in allied health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Allied Health Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Medical Imaging Assistant, Nutrition Assistant, Therapy Assistant, Rehabilitation Assistant, Speech Pathology Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nursing Support Worker, Ward Assistant, Patient Care Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Wardsperson, Patient Services Assistant, Operating Theatre Technician, Orderly.

  • Let's talk price

    Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to help with the upfront costs of this course.

    Affordable payment plans are also available.


    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $47,014 (2021-22 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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