As a premier provider of sports-based education, the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is an engine for success. Delivering comprehensive degrees in sport, fitness, health, dance and education, it’s the perfect starting block for those hoping to thrive in the professional sporting realm.
The ACPE is known for its industry-centred, direct entry degrees, meaning students aren’t required to anxiously wait for results in order to apply. It’s inclusive, supportive and entirely dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams. Powered by a breadth and depth of sporting programmes that cross the borders of other disciplines, an ACPE degree will lead you to be sought after on the global stage.
Here are 5 reasons to study at the ACPE…
- Specialised degrees
The college is unique in its provision of distinctly career-focused diplomas and degrees. From Applied Fitness to Dance Practice, Health Science and a wealth of programmes in between, ACPE offers the ultimate foundation for anyone with a keen athletic flair.
If you want to enter the fast-paced global sporting business, don’t limit yourself to a generic business or management degree. Instead, broaden your horizons with ACPE’s Bachelor of Sports Business (Leadership) degree; a course that seamlessly blends sports management and leadership with core aspects of enterprise such as marketing, communications, finance, accounting and economics. And if you’re keen to carve a career as a PE teacher, this college can give you so much more than a rigid, classroom-based degree in education. ACPE’s Bachelor of Education (Physical & Health Education) is something to consider, promising the highly-qualified lecturers and professional experience needed to evolve into a versatile PDHPE teacher.
- Small class sizes
As a member of this dynamic higher learning culture, rest assured you will be considered more than just a student number. On top of providing a hands-on learning experience enhanced by a personal touch and high teaching standards, classes are small and intimate to ensure your voice is heard.
The Student Services department offers personalised support – something that can be difficult to find within a lot of universities. Here, staff strive to bolster interaction between likeminded learners, maximising your enjoyment as you grow with new-found friends.
- Tight-knit industry ties
If your education provider nurtures prominent industry links, you’ll stand a far greater chance of forging career success. The budding sportspeople among you will marvel at the ACPE’s unparalleled industry ties, placing you firmly among the industry’s brightest and best. The college boasts a wealth of partnerships with professional organisations, including Sport NSW, NSW Institute of Sport, Sport Camps Australia, and more.
On top of enriching studies and encouraging industry insight, these direct ties and partnerships put students face-to-face with the people who matter. When Nathan Brady began his ACPE degree, he never thought he would be introduced to such leading industry figures. In his Bachelor of Sport Business, Nathan took on an internship in marketing with Athletics NSW helping out with events, also participating in the NRL Business Academy, and, for six months, he pursued an experience placement with the Manly Sea Eagles. The graduate is now taking part at an international experience event in Thailand.
“I’m sure these internships got me the position in Thailand and will keep me ahead of my peers when it comes to finding full-time employment,” the graduate explains.
- World-class facilities
ACPE’s purpose-built campus takes your studies to new heights. Based in Sydney’s first-rate sporting space, Olympic Park, students and staff gain access to cutting-edge facilities. From state-of-the-art gyms, sports halls and innovative lab spaces – any athlete is bound to feel at home at this progressive institution.
- Flexible study options
The college is exclusive in its merging of both campus-based and online classroom sessions. This is a major drawing point for many training athletes, giving them the chance to mould their studies around existing sports commitments. It’s an education that can be tailored to your specific needs – a perk you are unlikely to find within most sporting degrees.
“I was on the verge of making the Australian teams, so I was looking for something that was going to be flexible around my training and around my travelling,” says Kurt Herzog, student of Sports Business and elite Australian swimmer. “I really didn’t want to fall behind on my studies and I heard that ACPE offered online courses. I heard they’re really flexible and supportive of elite athletes. If I’m overseas I can study online, if I’m here I can go into class.”
“At ACPE, you feel like you’re valued a bit more, and people take care of you closely,” Kurt concludes. “They’ve got really good connections for when you go out and want to start work or internships…I think it just goes to show how much work they do behind the scenes.”