Course summary

Do you dream of coaching athletes or inspiring people to achieve better health and wellbeing? Are you fascinated by human anatomy? Are you keen to probe the minds of elite athletes and uncover what gives them the winning edge? The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science can turn your sporting passion into a career.

This degree provides a comprehensive study of sport sciences and how the human body responds to exercise. You’ll learn about human movement, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, exercise prescription with the opportunity to specialise in either exercise science, nutrition or education.

Our graduates work in many areas of sport and health, including sports psychology, nutrition, teaching, coaching, performance testing, health promotion and education.

This degree also provides an accelerated pathway towards the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and professional accreditation as an exercise physiologist or a pathway to the Master of Teaching that can prepare students as PDHPE teachers in secondary settings.

Do you dream of coaching athletes or inspiring people to achieve better health and wellbeing? Are you fascinated by human anatomy? Are you keen to probe the minds of elite athletes and uncover what gives them the winning edge? The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science can turn your sporting passion into a career.

This degree provides a comprehensive study of sport sciences and how the human body responds to exercise. You’ll learn about human movement, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, exercise prescription with the opportunity to specialise in either exercise science, nutrition or education.

Our graduates work in many areas of sport and health, including sports psychology, nutrition, teaching, coaching, performance testing, health promotion and education.

This degree also provides an accelerated pathway towards the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and professional accreditation as an exercise physiologist or a pathway to the Master of Teaching that can prepare students as PDHPE teachers in secondary settings.

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. Please note education units are only available online.

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. [Note: Students who wish to pursue postgraduate study in nutrition should contact the relevant university to check requirements.]

Course Learning Outcome

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

You'll complete a 140-hour exercise science placement in the final year of your course with the option for some students of an additional placement. These normally occur during the breaks between teaching sessions. This provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings.

Placements are undertaken under professional supervision in clinical settings, the health and fitness industry, community and professional sport, elite programs of state and national sport organisations, schools, academies of sport, and within the wider sport, recreation and leisure industries.

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 is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the Exercise Science level. All graduates, regardless of the major completed, will be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA. 

Please note: In order to apply to be an Accredited Exercise Scientist, ESSA’s requirements for English language must be met.

The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America.

Undergraduate students are eligible for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA) after completing the first two years of their degree.

Graduates are eligible for registration as a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

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


Course overview

Course code

3005113

Course abbreviation

BSES

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 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 059883F
Gold Coast Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 059883F
Lismore Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 059883F

Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • 16 core units (192 credit points); and
  • 1 major (96 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health 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. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Schedule of units

Title Note
Core Units
HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy
PSYC1006 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity
HBIO1006 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing
HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
HBIO1008 - Human Physiology II
HBIO2001 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy
NUTR1001 - Food and Nutrition in Health
STAT2001 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
HBIO2002 - Motor Control
SCIN2002 - Mechanics for Movement
BUSN1001 - Management for Sport and Exercise
HLTH2002 - Exercise Physiology
HLTH3002 - Exercise Physiology and Prescription
PSYC2003 - Exercise Psychology
SPRT2001 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods
HLTH2001 - Motor Learning
Majors

Course progressions

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

Title Note
Complete the unit under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement less the completed unit.
Session 3
HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy