Course summary

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science gives students the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to practise as professionals in the field of exercise and sports science. The degree equips graduates for diverse employment opportunities across a range of sport and health-related areas.

The course enables students to focus their study through the choice of specialised majors to meet their career aspirations and areas of interest. Field experience is a feature of the course and provides the opportunity for students to apply theory and knowledge in practical industry settings. This enables students to develop a professional approach to their training and career education.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science gives students the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to practise as professionals in the field of exercise and sports science. The degree equips graduates for diverse employment opportunities across a range of sport and health-related areas.

The course enables students to focus their study through the choice of specialised majors to meet their career aspirations and areas of interest. Field experience is a feature of the course and provides the opportunity for students to apply theory and knowledge in practical industry settings. This enables students to develop a professional approach to their training and career education.

Students select one major from the following:

Education, in addition to studies in exercise science, offers graduates a pathway to an SCU degree in secondary teaching, leading to registration as a PDHPE teacher for eligible students. Only available at Lismore.

Exercise Science enables students to study at a more advanced level in subject areas such as exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology and applied biomechanics. It also covers areas such as exercise biochemistry and exercise physiology for specific populations (such as ageing people, or people with disability). 

Nutrition encompasses the study of food and nutrition in the context of human health, disease processes and in society, in addition to studies in chemistry, biochemistry and exercise science. This major is not available at the Coffs Harbour campus. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the level of critical analysis, problem solving and decision making expected of a professional in sport and exercise science.

Exercise sound theoretical and practical judgement in dealing with the challenges and situations common to the work of a sport and exercise science professional

Creativity

Demonstrate innovative and creative responses and solutions to problems encountered by a sport and exercise science professional

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of – and commitment to – social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of a professional in sport and exercise science

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an ability to understand industry best practice in sport and exercise science.

Apply and integrate knowledge of industry best practice in professional settings in sport and exercise science

Lifelong learning

Integrate responsibility for independent, self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Manage personal and professional behaviour in response to the outcomes of self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in oral and written form in academic and professional settings in sport and exercise science.

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of teamwork in the profession of sport and exercise science

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of social and cultural issues as they relate to the work of a sport and exercise science professional.

Apply cultural and indigenous competence and sensitivity in dealings with clients and stakeholders in sport and exercise science.

Students complete a three-week internship of their choice during their third year studies and some students have the option of an additional internship. These placements normally occur during the breaks between teaching sessions. Field experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings.

Placements are undertaken under professional supervision in health and fitness centres, sporting organisations or clubs, schools, academies and institutes of sport, or sport and recreation centres. The types of positions can include, but are not limited to, assisting personal trainers, health educators, strength and conditioning or sports coaches, sporting event coordinators or recreation officers. Students may also work as research assistants for sport products, manufacturing or business.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science delivered from the Lismore campus is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the Exercise Science level. Under current ESSA procedures, accreditation for Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses will be completed when students are in their final year (2017 and 2018 respectively). Subject to successful accreditation, all graduates will be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science may undertake further postgraduate study at SCU to gain registration as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

All graduates are also eligible to receive the Certificate III and IV in fitness through TAFE NSW, and to apply for Exercise Professional Registration with Fitness Australia (FA). In addition graduates meet the requirements of the Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) coaching accreditation, making them eligible to register as Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches. The course is recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America.

The Nutrition major is designed to meet curriculum prerequisites for entry into several accredited postgraduate programs leading to registration as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Students interested in this pathway should refer to universities offering accredited postgraduate dietetic programs regarding enrolment requisites. Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science who have completed the Nutrition major may be eligible to become an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.


Course overview

Course code

3005113

Course abbreviation

BSport&ExSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 335154 055551
Gold Coast Session 1 338160 056181
Lismore Session 1 335100 055001

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $22,880 ($2,860 per unit) 059883F
Lismore Session 1 $22,880 ($2,860 per unit) 059883F

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A;
    2. all units from one major sequence of units in Part B

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO00209 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy Intermediate
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced

Part B


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units in Session 1, Year 2.
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
HMS00202 - Principles and Practices of Sport and Exercise Science Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
EDU10691 - Physical Education Studies I: Athletics and Aquatics Intermediate Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
EDU10694 - Contemporary Health Issues for Young People Advanced Note 1
EDU10693 - Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Young People Advanced Note 1
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
EDU10692 - Physical Education Studies II: Dance and Gymnastics Intermediate Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units in Session 1, Year 2.
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
HMS00202 - Principles and Practices of Sport and Exercise Science Introductory
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
BIO00326 - Exercise Biochemistry Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
BHS10495 - Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
OR
MKT20001 - Marketing and Promotion for Sport, Exercise and Allied Health
Advanced
HMS00224 - Internship
OR
University Wide Elective
Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units in Session 1, Year 2.
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
CHE10700 - Chemistry for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
CHE00002 - Biochemistry Intermediate
SCI10703 - Food Science Introductory
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
NUT00216 - Nutritional Biochemistry and Human Metabolism Intermediate
NUT00215 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
BIO10701 - Nutrition Physiology Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units in Session 1, Year 2.
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
HMS00202 - Principles and Practices of Sport and Exercise Science Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
EDU10691 - Physical Education Studies I: Athletics and Aquatics Intermediate Note 1
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
EDU10692 - Physical Education Studies II: Dance and Gymnastics Intermediate Note 1
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
EDU10694 - Contemporary Health Issues for Young People Advanced Note 1
EDU10693 - Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Young People Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should enrol in the first two units in Session 2, Year 1 and the remaining two units in Session 2, Year 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
HMS00202 - Principles and Practices of Sport and Exercise Science Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
BIO00326 - Exercise Biochemistry Introductory
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
Year 4, Session 1
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
BHS10495 - Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
OR
MKT20001 - Marketing and Promotion for Sport, Exercise and Allied Health
Advanced
HMS00224 - Internship
OR
University Wide Elective
Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units in Session 1, Year 1 and the remaining two units in Session 1, Year 2.
Session 2, Year 1
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
Session 3, Year 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
CHE10700 - Chemistry for Health Sciences Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
Session 1, Year 3
CHE00002 - Biochemistry Intermediate
SCI10703 - Food Science Introductory
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
Session 2, Year 3
NUT00216 - Nutritional Biochemistry and Human Metabolism Intermediate
NUT00215 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan Intermediate
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
Session 1, Year 4
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
Session 2, Year 4
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
BIO10701 - Nutrition Physiology Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the relevant Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement less the completed unit/s.
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Not offered at Gold Coast or Coffs Harbour