Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education degree has core studies that provide an extensive knowledge and skills base in human health, wellness and performance, with a specific focus on the role of sport, exercise and outdoor education. This is addressed from a psychological, physiological, exercise prescription and outdoor education perspective, explored in the contexts of community health, well-being, recreational physical activity, sports performance and outdoor education leadership. Industry-relevant practicum experience is embedded in the course.

Course Fee:

International: $70,872

Entry Requirements:

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


240 credit points. Students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate industry experience (practicum).

Subjects you can Study:

Growth, motor development and ageing; Foundations of the outdoor experience; Anatomical foundations of exercise science; The aquatic environment and the outdoor experience; Journeying in the natural world; plus more

Study Pathways:

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to: higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent upon elective choices); postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport; one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research; further study in other allied health professions; further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent upon elective choices).

Further information:

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for: Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments; Outdoor Education Instructor; Corporate fitness; Commercial and educational outdoor leader; Adventure therapy; Outdoor recreation leadership; Camp director/manager/programmer; Exercise scientist; Health and fitness consultant; Sports coach; Fitness advisor; Physical activity officer; Allied health assistant.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 3 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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