Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
069051G
Location:
  • Blacktown
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2020 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Domestic students

Description

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science focuses on the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the contexts of elite sport, recreational physical activity, community health and wellbeing.

Exercise Scientists play an important role in improving the health, fitness, well-being and performance of individuals, groups, and the community. They do this through coaching and training in sport and athletic performance; educating about exercise for health and well-being; and implementing behaviour modification strategies. ACU is well placed to prepare graduates as Exercise Scientists with well-established exercise science programs that are recognised internationally for research, learning and teaching.

Meeting the professional requirements for membership with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science provides graduates with a broad and coherent knowledge of the scientific bases of exercise and of key principles, concepts and theories related to exercise for health and sports performance. The degree is designed to produce graduates with skills such as physical activity leadership, advanced problem-solving, technical proficiency, the capacity to communicate for diverse populations and multicultural contexts, and an ability to be reflective and ethical in academic and professional practice, underpinned by justice, equity and respect for the individual. Opportunities for industry-relevant experience are embedded in the course through community engagement and practicum

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science will teach you about

  • exercise assessment and prescription
  • sports performance analysis
  • applying the scientific principles of fitness and health for a wide range of people, from the chronically ill to elite athletes.

Possible careers include:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sports organisations
  • Sport institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Rehabilitation Coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports science manager
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Blacktown (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC217
Research and Ethics in Exercise Science
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of exercise
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC230
Motor Control and Learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
EXSC222
Functional anatomy
(Pre: ANAT100)
EXSC220
Biomechanics
(Pre: EXSC120)
EXSC198
Physiological Bases of Exercise
(Pre: BIOL125)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC296
Health and exercise psychology
(Pre: EXSC199)
EXSC204
Exercise testing, prescription and delivery
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC216
Resistance training: science and application
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC242
Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment
(Pre: EXSC198)
Year 2 – Semester 2 EXSC206
Professional experience preparation
(Pre: EXSC118, EXSC187, EXSC199 , or BIOL125
   
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC398
Professional experience
20 credit points
(Pre: ANAT100, EXSC120, EXSC198 , EXSC204, EXSC206, EXSC216)
EXSC394
Exercise, health and disease
(Pre: EXSC204)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective Elective Elective

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Blacktown
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $8455 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

New South Wales

  • Recommended studies: English (Standard) Band 3; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • Recommended studies: one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 & 4, C)

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2020

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 4 1
Median OP to receive an offer 15 13
Lowest OP to receive an offer 19 17
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 95 99
Median Rank to receive an offer 69 74
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 63 65
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.55 92.40
Median ATAR to receive an offer 63.95 69.90
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.15 58.60
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.65 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 65.75 71.95
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.15 58.65

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
16 19.05%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 7.14%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
9 10.71%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 47 55.95%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) 5 5.95%
International students <5 N/P
All students 84 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
9 14.29%
Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 44 69.84%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 63 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2020
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
11 6.88%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 10 6.25%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
7 4.38%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 99 61.88%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 32 20.00%
International students <5 N/P
All students 160 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Blacktown), NSW
Apply through UAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Direct Applications

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC, UAC or QTAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.

Brisbane

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

Graduates can work as health and fitness consultants, exercise scientists, sports scientists, sports coaches, and exercise physiologists*.

Possible careers include:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sport organisations
  • Sport institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Rehabilitation Coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports science manager
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant.
  • Exercise Physiologist*

*After completing a postgraduate qualification in exercise physiology

Professional experience

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students must complete 40 hours of community engagement and 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

You will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: From 2019, any graduate of our Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science program at the Brisbane, Melbourne or Strathfield campus can apply to ESSA to become an accredited Exercise Scientist. This degree is fully accredited for graduates in the program from 2019-2023.*
*This accreditation also means that the course has been approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course.

(B) Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: Graduates can apply for Level 1 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association upon completion of appropriate coaching hours and subject to electives completed as part of the degree.

Graduates are also be eligible for membership of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours).

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • further study in other allied health professions

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

International students

Description

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science focuses on the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the contexts of elite sport, recreational physical activity, community health and wellbeing.

Exercise Scientists play an important role in improving the health, fitness, well-being and performance of individuals, groups, and the community. They do this through coaching and training in sport and athletic performance; educating about exercise for health and well-being; and implementing behaviour modification strategies. ACU is well placed to prepare graduates as Exercise Scientists with well-established exercise science programs that are recognised internationally for research, learning and teaching.

Meeting the professional requirements for membership with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science provides graduates with a broad and coherent knowledge of the scientific bases of exercise and of key principles, concepts and theories related to exercise for health and sports performance. The degree is designed to produce graduates with skills such as physical activity leadership, advanced problem-solving, technical proficiency, the capacity to communicate for diverse populations and multicultural contexts, and an ability to be reflective and ethical in academic and professional practice, underpinned by justice, equity and respect for the individual. Opportunities for industry-relevant experience are embedded in the course through community engagement and practicum

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science will teach you about

  • exercise assessment and prescription
  • sports performance analysis
  • applying the scientific principles of fitness and health for a wide range of people, from the chronically ill to elite athletes.

Possible careers include:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sports organisations
  • Sport institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Rehabilitation Coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports science manager
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Blacktown
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Brisbane
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Melbourne
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022
Strathfield
  • 22-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021 , 21-Feb-2022 , 18-Jul-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC199
Psychology of sport
EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
BIOL125
Human biology 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 ANAT100
Anatomical foundations of exercise science
EXSC217
Research and Ethics in Exercise Science
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of exercise
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 EXSC230
Motor Control and Learning
(Pre: EXSC187)
EXSC222
Functional anatomy
(Pre: ANAT100)
EXSC220
Biomechanics
(Pre: EXSC120)
EXSC198
Physiological Bases of Exercise
(Pre: BIOL125)
Year 2 - Semester 2 EXSC296
Health and exercise psychology
(Pre: EXSC199)
EXSC204
Exercise testing, prescription and delivery
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC216
Resistance training: science and application
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC242
Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment
(Pre: EXSC198)
Year 2 – Semester 2 EXSC206
Professional experience preparation
(Pre: EXSC118, EXSC187, EXSC199 , or BIOL125
   
Year 3 - Semester 1 EXSC398
Professional experience
20 credit points
(Pre: ANAT100, EXSC120, EXSC198 , EXSC204, EXSC206, EXSC216)
EXSC394
Exercise, health and disease
(Pre: EXSC204)
Elective
Year 3 - Semester 2 UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective Elective Elective

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3042.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $24336.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $73008.00 (2021)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates can work as health and fitness consultants, exercise scientists, sports scientists, sports coaches, and exercise physiologists*.

Possible careers include:

  • Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
  • High performance sport organisations
  • Sport institutes and academies
  • Corporate fitness
  • Exercise scientist
  • Health and fitness consultant
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Rehabilitation Coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Fitness advisor
  • Sports science manager
  • Physical activity officer
  • Allied health assistant.
  • Exercise Physiologist*

*After completing a postgraduate qualification in exercise physiology

Professional experience

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students must complete 40 hours of community engagement and 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

You will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional recognition

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: From 2019, any graduate of our Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science program at the Brisbane, Melbourne or Strathfield campus can apply to ESSA to become an accredited Exercise Scientist. This degree is fully accredited for graduates in the program from 2019-2023.*
*This accreditation also means that the course has been approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course.

(B) Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: Graduates can apply for Level 1 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association upon completion of appropriate coaching hours and subject to electives completed as part of the degree.

Graduates are also be eligible for membership of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours).

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • further study in other allied health professions

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