Course essentials

VU course code:
Study mode:
Part Time, Full Time
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Delivery mode:
Face to Face
3 years full time or longer for part time

Prepare for your ideal career in the health, sport and fitness industries with a Bachelor of Fitness from VU.

Our fitness degree is designed by industry experts, who will guide you towards success as a leader in the fitness field.

You'll learn the latest techniques and theory in health, exercise science and management. You'll graduate with the knowledge needed to plan, conduct and evaluate safe exercise programs for a broad range of the population.

Study areas include:

  • personal and resistance training
  • group fitness and fitness training systems
  • fitness training for all populations
  • management
  • marketing.

World-class fitness facilities

Our $68m high-technology Sport and Learning Precinct at our Footscray Park Campus is designed to help you get the most out of your course, and supports VU's world-class teaching and research.

Gain practical experience at VU's numerous fitness centres, which include an aquatic centre, gyms, and group and individual fitness programs.

Partnerships & placements

Our College of Sport and Exercise Science has practical workplace learning opportunities with a network of over 350 sport-industry employers.

Our strong emphasis on student-centred learning means you'll have unparalleled opportunities for professional placements and industry networking.

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

Direct applications due 19 February 2018.

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Bachelor of Fitness

 Get practical experience in VU's exercise facilities

Careers in fitness

The Bachelor of Fitness can lead to a variety of careers in the health, sport and fitness industry. You could find work in places including:

  • fitness centres
  • gyms
  • aquatic facilities
  • community facilities
  • corporate facilities
  • corporate and community health
  • recreation facilities
  • personal training businesses.

Employment for fitness instructors, sport coaches, instructors and officials in Australia rose very strongly over the last five years and is expected to continue growing very strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).


Exercise physiologists have an average annual salary of $52,987 (PayScale). The average annual earnings of a sport coach, instructor or official is $60,788 (Job Outlook).

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills from health, exercise and management disciplines to become a fitness leader in the fitness profession;  
  2. Design evidence-based practice in fitness and health to support the fitness needs of individuals, groups, and the community;  
  3. Analyse and synthesise information gathered from health, exercise, management and fitness research to develop knowledge and understanding of fitness and as a basis for independent lifelong learning;  
  4. Evaluate and apply information to creatively solve problems related to professional practice in fitness;  
  5. Work as an independent and collaborative professional who can clearly and coherently communicate fitness knowledge and ideas; and  
  6. Analyse and evaluate evidenced based approaches to address a variety of fitness and health related issues.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Fitness, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units
  • 144 credit points of Professional Core units
  • 48 credit points of minor studies from the approved list

First Year Core Units

Professional Core Units


We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). OR Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply for this course

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Direct applications due 19 February 2018.

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