Diploma of Health (Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology)
Explore health through movement
Make big strides towards a professional health career or further studies. This specialisation introduces you to sport sciences. You'll touch on anatomy, physiology, and nutrition. Start thinking about careers in sports, rehab, and fitness.
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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Exercise judgement to identify problems and contribute to their solutions in defined health or community settings.
- Apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills within defined contexts in the fields of health or community welfare.
- Apply ethical and sustainable values and practices within defined health or community contexts.
- Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work within defined health or community contexts.
- Apply academic knowledge and skills to communicate information, concepts, and solutions individually and/or in a team within defined health or community contexts.
- Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultural perspectives within defined health or community contexts.
Graduates of the Diploma of Health can seek professional work in a range of health professions including as allied health assistants, personal care assistants, disability support workers, case workers, and lab assistants.
The Diploma is also a pathway into a range of Bachelor degrees. Successful completion of the Diploma of Health guarantees entry and up to 8 units of credit (depending on the specialisation taken) towards a linked Southern Cross Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), or a Bachelor of Psychological Science. Please note duration of Diploma plus a linked Bachelor degree may vary depending on unit availabilities.
Graduates who proceed to one of the pathway degrees will have a range of career opportunities in their chosen fields.
Southern Cross University offers a number of Pathway Programs which would allow you to gain direct entry to this degree.
ATAR: 45 or Equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows:
- Overall: 5.5
- Listening: minimum 5.0
- Reading: minimum 5.0
- Speaking: minimum 5.0
- Writing: minimum 5.5
On campus requirements
Some units must be completed on-campus.
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing. More information can found at Credit for Recognition of Prior Learning - Southern Cross University (scu.edu.au).
Nursing, naturopathy, sport and exercise science, occupational therapy, speech pathology, psychology, biomedical science, osteopathic studies …there are so many career paths in health.
If you're uncertain about which one is right for you, our Diploma of Health can provide the clarity you need for your future as a health professional.
Graduates can seek professional outcomes in several areas, including as allied health assistants, personal care assistants, lab assistants, and case workers. This Diploma is also an ideal pathway towards further study at Southern Cross University and provides guaranteed entry to a range of Bachelor degrees.
Recommended Study Pattern
To be eligible to receive the Diploma of Health, students must complete 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:
- 1 specialisation in Occupational Therapy or Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology or Biomedical Science or Osteopathic Studies or Psychological Science or Nursing or Naturopathic Studies or Community Welfare.
Graduates of the course in the Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology specialisation qualify for direct entry into the relevant Bachelor course at Southern Cross University. Up to 8 units of advanced standing is included in this pathway. However, graduates of the linked Bachelor courses must provide evidence of an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band less than 7.0, in order to gain professional registration.
Evidence of compliance for Placement must be provided prior to any professional experience placement and some compliance requirements can take up to 4 months to fulfil. Please see the Faculty of Health professional experience page for more information.