Course summary

Whether you want to coach elite athletes or improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, you will need an understanding of sport and exercise sciences, and how the human body responds to exercise.

A Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to work with people from the health and fitness enthusiast to the elite level athlete.

The degree is focused on human movement, anatomy, sports conditioning and training methods, and includes opportunities to specialise in sports psychology, nutrition or teaching.

Students select one major from the following:

Education: this major offers graduates a pathway to a Southern Cross University degree in secondary teaching (Master of Teaching), potentially leading to registration as a PDHPE teacher for eligible students. Some of the education units are only available at Lismore.

Exercise Science: this major includes subject areas such as advanced sport and exercise psychology as well as sport and fitness organisation management.

Nutrition studies: this major examines food and nutrition in the context of exercise science, human health, disease processes and social issues. It includes content such as exercise biochemistry, food science, nutritional science, and sports nutrition.

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 140-hour placement of their choice during their third-year studies and some students have the option of an additional placement. These 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. 

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements (e.g. a working with children check, immunisation and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

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. The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America. Subject to successful accreditation, all graduates, regardless of the major completed, 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 to gain registration as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

All graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA). 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.


Course overview

Course code

3005113

Course abbreviation

BSport&ExSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

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

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour 1 $25,200 ($3,150 per unit) 059883F
Gold Coast 1 $25,200 ($3,150 per unit) 059883F
Lismore 1 059883F

Course requirements

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

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty-four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:

  • all units listed in Part A; and
  • eight (8) units from a Major in Part B.

Exit Awards

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, has successfully completed sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising any 16 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, has successfully completed eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any 8 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning.  Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement.   All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
SCI72001 - Mechanics for Movement Intermediate
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00209 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy Intermediate
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners 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

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

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
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
SCI72001 - Mechanics for Movement Intermediate
EDU10693 - Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Young People Advanced
Year 2, Session 2
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
EDU10691 - Physical Education Studies I: Athletics and Aquatics Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
EDU10694 - Contemporary Health Issues for Young People Advanced
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
Elective from Health and Human Sciences or Education
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

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
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
SCI72001 - Mechanics for Movement Intermediate
MKT20001 - Marketing and Promotion for Sport, Exercise and Allied Health Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
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 Advanced
IST00551 - Independent Study - Health Science I
OR
HMS00224 - Internship
OR
University Wide Elective
Advanced 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
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
SCI72001 - Mechanics for Movement Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
ENP10646 - Food Technology as an Enterprise Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00204 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Intermediate
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
BIO00326 - Exercise Biochemistry Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10497 - Exercise Physiology for Healthy Individuals Advanced
HMS00223 - Professional Preparation Advanced
NUT73001 - Sport and Exercise Nutrition Advanced
University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 2
BIO00324 - Applied Biomechanics Advanced
BIO10496 - Exercise Physiology for Specific Populations Advanced
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
ENV10702 - Food Ecology Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Commencing in Session 2 will require three and a half years to complete the course
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
From Year 3, follow the Session 1 Commencement from Year 2 (excluding Exercise Psychology)

Title Level of learning Note
Commencing in Session 2 will require three and a half years to complete the course
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
From Year 3, follow the Session 1 Commencement from Year 2 (excluding Exercise Psychology)

Title Level of learning Note
Commencing in Session 2 will require three and a half years to complete the course
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory Note 2 Note 2
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO71001 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Introductory
MNG00301 - Sport Management Principles Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
HEA00332 - Exercise Psychology Intermediate
From Year 3, follow the Session 1 Commencement from Year 2 (excluding Exercise Psychology)

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 excluding the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Available at Lismore Campus only
Note 2: 2018 is the last time this unit will be offered. See information on the School of Health and Human Science website (https://www.scu.edu.au/school-of-health-and-human-sciences/pages/human-physiology-2019/#d.en.205492) for more information regarding changes from 2019