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Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health)

Associate Degree in Health Science (Leisure and Health) [exit point only]

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Are you working in the leisure and health industry and want to take your career to the next level? Are you looking for a rewarding career change? CSU’s Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) will help you get to where you want to go in this rapidly growing industry.

This online course allows you to fit your study around your work and lifestyle. It also offers you the choice to study from one of two specialisations – Diversional Therapy or Community Leisure and Health – depending on the goals you want to achieve.  

 

  • Why study this course?

    • Gain the practical and theoretical knowledge you need to effectively meet the leisure, health and well-being needs of your community.
    • Learn to create, facilitate and manage leisure opportunities for diverse groups, including people with disabilities, older adults and people from a range of ethnic and cultural communities.
    • Choose a learning strand that suits your interests and career goals.

    The Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) offers two specialisations:

    • Diversional Therapy
    • Community Leisure and Health
    Diversional Therapy

    This strand is accredited by Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA). It includes a workplace learning component allowing you to put your learning into practice – either in your current workplace or on placement. In fact, if you have work experience in the discipline, that can count towards your degree.

    Community Leisure and Health

    This strand focuses on community development, giving you the skills and knowledge to promote social change for a wide variety of social groups. You will learn about advocacy, policy development and health promotion, enabling you to take the lead in health, welfare and community strategy positions.

    Associate Degree in Health Science (Leisure and Health) – Exit Point

    If your circumstances change you can exit from the program with an Associate Degree in Health Science (Leisure and Health) after completing the equivalent of 16 eight-point subjects. And if you wish to come back to complete the Bachelors degree, you will receive credit for prior learning.

     

  • Career opportunities

    There are a wide range of employment opportunities available for graduates, including working as a:

    • community recreation and health officer
    • health promotions specialist
    • leisure planner or activity officer
    • diversional therapist
    • hostel or residential manager
    • health educator
    • disability support officer.
  • Professional recognition

    DTA logoDiversional Therapy Australia (DTA) provides recognition to the Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) and the Associate Degree in Health Science (Leisure and Health). The University works closely with DTA, industry, other academic institutions and professional bodies to ensure high quality curriculum development.

    Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA) is the national, professional body for the fields of diversional therapy, therapeutic recreation, leisure and health.  DTA recognises both the Bachelor and Associate Degree as eligible for DTA Full Membership - Diversional Therapist. Students of these courses are eligible for DTA student membership while studying.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit may be received for prior experience and/or higher education applicable to the field of leisure and health, thereby reducing the total number of subjects required to graduate.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students may be granted credit for free elective subjects based upon previous relevant work experience and/or tertiary study. Any applicant having practised in a relevant field for two or more years would be eligible for up to four subjects credit. In addition applicants with prior tertiary study including TAFE may gain additional credit. Other additional advanced credit will be determined on an individual basis including subject for subject credit for prior university subjects.
    There are three levels of credit entry into the course:

    Level A Admission:

    Students with appropriate professional work experience will be eligible for credit for the equivalent one free elective subject for each year of professional experience up to a maximum of four subjects.

    Level B Admission:

    Students who have had appropriate tertiary education qualifications and professional work experience will be eligible for credit on an individual basis.

    Level C Admission:

    Students who have had no prior work related experience and no prior tertiary education. These students will be expected to complete the entire number of course subjects for the level of education they wish to pursue. They will also be expected to complete a practical work experience to be negotiated independently with the course coordinator.

  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    LES210 Diversional Therapy and Leisure Practice

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF HEALTH SCIENCE (LEISURE AND HEALTH) (Exit point Only)

    The Associate Degree of Health Science (Leisure and Health) course is of 128 points. It has two strands. The first is the Diversional Therapy strand which consists of 9 core subjects (72 points), a restricted elective sequence of five subjects (48 points) and 1 unrestricted elective (8 points). The second strand is the Community Leisure and Health strand which consists of 9 core subjects (72 points), a restricted elective sequence of 6 subjects (48 points) and 1 unrestricted elective (8 points). Students choose their specialised strand in session five.

    Core Subjects (72 points)

    LES101 Introduction to Leisure & Health
    LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LES110 Foundations of Leisure Activity
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health
    REC167 Recreation Leadership and Communication
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

    Restricted electives

    Diversional Therapy strand (48 points)

    LES210 Diversional Therapy and Leisure Practice (16 points)
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours

    students choose one of the following sequences:
     

    GER102 Gerontology Theory & Research
    GER204 Aging and Professional Practice

    PSY 216  Psychology of Ageing
    or
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    WEL228 Disability Issues for Families

    and one unrestricted elective (8 points)

    Community Leisure and Health strand (48 points)

    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    SOC308 Community Analysis

    POL213 Australian Government and Politics                                                                                                                                                                                 

    students choose one of the following sequences:
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    WEL228 Disabilities Issues for Families
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    or
    MGT100 Organisations and Management
    COM105 Communication
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    or
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    WEL116 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 1
    WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2

    and one unrestricted elective (8 points)

    BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (LEISURE AND HEALTH)

    The Bachelor of Health Science (Leisure and Health) course is of 192 points. It has two strands. The first is the Diversional Therapy strand which consists of 12 core subjects (96 points), a restricted elective sequence of six subjects (56 points) and 5 unrestricted electives (40 points). The second strand is the Community Leisure and Health strand which consists of 12 core subjects (96 points), a restricted elective sequence of 7 subjects (56 points) and 5 unrestricted electives (40 points).

    Core Subjects (96 points)

    LES101 Introduction to Leisure & Health
    LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LES110 Foundations of Leisure Activity
    LES301 Leisure and Health Policy and Program Development
    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
    HCS204 Research Methods
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health
    REC167 Recreation Leadership and Communication
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology 1S
    PSY214 Health Psychology
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care

    Restricted electives

    Diversional Therapy strand (56 points)
    LES210 Diversional Therapy and Leisure Practice (16 points)
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behavious
    WEL218 Developing Cross Cultural Competencies

    students choose one of the following sequences:
    GER102 Gerontology Theory & Research
    GER204 Aging and Professional Practice
    PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
    or
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    WEL228 Disability Issues for Families

    and five unrestricted electives (40 points)

    Community Leisure and Health strand (56 points)

    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    SOC308 Community Analysis

    POL213  Australian Government and Politics
    SOC218 Policy, Power and Social Action

    students choose one of the following sequences:
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    WEL228 Disabilities Issues for Families
    WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
    or
    MGT100 Organisations and Management
    COM105 Communication
    MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
    or
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    WEL116 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 1
    WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2

    and five unrestricted electives (40 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (LEISURE AND HEALTH)

    Part-time

    Session 1

    LES101 Introduction to Leisure & Health
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

    Session 2

    LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
    LAW131 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health

    Session 3

    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services    
    REC167 Recreation Leadership and Communication                                                                                                                              

    Session 4

    PSY214 Health Psychology
    LES110 Foundations of Leisure Activity

    Session 5

    LES210 Diversional Therapy and Leisure Practice (16pts) (commenced)
    and
    WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours
    or
    LES202 Community Leisure & Health Issues
    and
    SOC308 Community Analysis

    Session 6 

    SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care
    and either
    LES210 Diversional Therapy and Leisure Practice (16pts) (completed)    
    or
    POL213 Australian Government and Politics                                                                                                 

    Session 7

    [ ] Restrictive elective
    [ ] Restrictive elective

    Session 8

    [ ] Restricted elective
    [ ] Unrestricted elective

    Students may elect to exit at this point and graduate with the award Associate Degree of Health Science (Leisure and Health).

    Session 9

    LES301 Leisure and Health Policy and Program Development
    HCS204 Research Methods

    Session 10

    LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
    WEL218 Developing Cross Cultural Competencies
    or
    SOC218 Policy, Power and Social Action

    Session 11

    [ ] Unrestricted Elective
    [ ] Unrestricted Elective

    Session 12

    [ ] Unrestricted Elective
    [ ] Unrestricted Elective

  • Admission information

    Applicants are required to submit a short two-page essay addressing why they wish to enrol into the course. Applicants must outline:

    • past and present work experience and related education
    • how the course will benefit their work and role as practising professionals
    • how the course will help them to promote the leisure and health profession.
    Clinical requirements
    • Criminal Record Clearance
    • Immunisation
    • Senior First Aid Certificate

    To be admitted into the course, prospective students need to indicate their likelihood of success through:

    1. 1. previous studies
      and/or
    2. 2. other attainments and experience.

    Previous studies

    Previous studies include:

    • The NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent;
    • The International Baccalaureate Diploma;
    • A completed or part completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution;
    • A completed or part completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate);
    • An approved Foundation Studies program certificate;
    • completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Learning Australia.

    Applicants must currently or have previously worked in a relevant area of employment related to the proposed study (e.g in aged care, disabilities, mental health, youth at risk, etc)

    Special entry mature age applicants are requested to provide a two page letter of motivation and commitment, discussing the reasons why they wish to enrol in either of the Leisure and Health courses.

    Attainment and experience

    Students may be admitted to a course based on other attainments and experience. These may include:

    • Voluntary or paid work experience;
    • Performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies;
    • Participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs;
    • Conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers;
    • Completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

    Special consideration scheme

    Applicants who believe they have experienced circumstances resulting in disadvantage may apply for special consideration under the University's Special Consideration Scheme.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

     
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJALE
    DirectDistance EducationAlbury-WodongaCGSYYNEALH

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate from the Bachelor degree, students must satisfactorily complete 192 subject points.

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    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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