Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
098381E
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

Psychology and exercise science share a common goal of assisting individuals and groups to optimise their functioning and performance, and the combined knowledge of these two disciplines will equip graduates of this double degree to provide high quality services to their clients. Exercise scientists working with clinical populations and high performance athletes will benefit from the knowledge and skills gained from many core topics within psychology, including motivation, emotion, individual differences, psychological disorders, and decision making.

ACU's undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application that are valuable to the enhancement of human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including:

  • critical analysis and rational thinking;
  • ethical decision making;
  • scientific thinking and research capabilities;
  • measurement and analysis of data;
  • problem solving skills;
  • written and verbal communication;
  • interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; and
  • life-long learning skills.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science progresses students from foundation knowledge, understanding and skills in human anatomy, physiology and the sub-disciplines of Exercise Science, into their application in movement, exercise and sporting contexts, such as exercise testing, prescription and delivery. Students are then progressed into authentic learning experiences in which they can integrate their evidence-based learnings and scope of practice in applied, industry-based settings. This professional practice provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their transition from learning to practitioner. The course has qualifying accreditation status with Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Our graduates will make meaningful contributions to improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including, but not limited to: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (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 PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC118
Nutrition and Exercise
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
BIOL125
Human Biology 1
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
EXSC199
Psychology of Sport
EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
Year 2 - Semester 2 PSYC214
Learning and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104 )
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
ANAT100
Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of exercise
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104 )
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
EXSC230
Motor Control and Learning (Pre: EXSC187)
EXSC222
Functional Anatomy
(Pre: ANAT100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 EXSC206
Professional experience preparation
(Pre: EXSC118, EXSC187, EXSC199 , BIOL125)
   
Year 3 - Semester 2 EXSC242
Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment
(Pre: EXC198)
EXSC296
Health and exercise psychology
(Pre: EXSC199 OR PSYC100 and PSYC101)
EXSC204
Exercise testing, prescription and delivery
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC216
Resistance training: science and application
(Pre: EXSC198)
Year 4 - Semester 1 PSYC315
Brain and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC200)
PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC200)
EXSC394
Exercise, health and disease
(Pre: EXSC204)
EXSC220
Biomechanics
(Pre: EXSC120)
Year 4 - Semester 2 PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, and either PSYC213 or PSYC214)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC213)
EXSC325
Professional practice in exercise science
Community engagement
(Pre: ANAT100, EXSC120, EXSC198, EXSC204, EXSC206, EXSC216 )
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)

'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

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

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

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $7390 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.

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

  • Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2) or English (Advanced) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)
  • Recommended Studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical education (PDHPE); Mathematics plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

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; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics or Psychology.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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

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 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 89.70 93.80
Median ATAR to receive an offer 62.98 70.63
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 51.20 60.35
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 91.85 99.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 67.43 75.03
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.85 59.25

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
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
0 0.00%
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) 22 81.48%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
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) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 27 100%
  • 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 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
10 15.15%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 5 7.58%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
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) 49 74.24%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
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) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 66 100%
  • 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

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

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

Counselling
Child welfare and development
Community work
Education
Health
Human resources
Marketing and Market research
Fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology, including sports psychology
Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
High performance sport organisations
Sports institutes and academies
Corporate fitness
Exercise scientist
Sports scientist
Health and fitness consultant
Strength and conditioning coach
Sports coach
Rehabilitation coach
Performance analyst
Fitness advisor
Sports science manager
Physical activity officer
Allied health assistant

Professional experience

In the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum) with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

Professional recognition

(a) Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new degree has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise & Sports Science Australia for the Strathfield and Melbourne campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Science level for graduates in the program from 2019. (Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course).

(b) This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. The course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

Please note that after completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology are required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

High-achieving graduates from this program may be eligible to apply for fourth year studies in Psychology (Honours degree in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

Graduates are also eligible for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent on elective choices and campus/state of study)
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent on elective choices)

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Psychology and exercise science share a common goal of assisting individuals and groups to optimise their functioning and performance, and the combined knowledge of these two disciplines will equip graduates of this double degree to provide high quality services to their clients. Exercise scientists working with clinical populations and high performance athletes will benefit from the knowledge and skills gained from many core topics within psychology, including motivation, emotion, individual differences, psychological disorders, and decision making.

ACU's undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application that are valuable to the enhancement of human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science will complete a sequence in psychology that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including:

  • critical analysis and rational thinking;
  • ethical decision making;
  • scientific thinking and research capabilities;
  • measurement and analysis of data;
  • problem solving skills;
  • written and verbal communication;
  • interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; and
  • life-long learning skills.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science progresses students from foundation knowledge, understanding and skills in human anatomy, physiology and the sub-disciplines of Exercise Science, into their application in movement, exercise and sporting contexts, such as exercise testing, prescription and delivery. Students are then progressed into authentic learning experiences in which they can integrate their evidence-based learnings and scope of practice in applied, industry-based settings. This professional practice provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their transition from learning to practitioner. The course has qualifying accreditation status with Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Our graduates will make meaningful contributions to improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including, but not limited to: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021

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

320

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 PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
EXSC187
Growth, motor development and ageing
EXSC118
Nutrition and Exercise
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
PSYC104
Research design and statistics 1
BIOL125
Human Biology 1
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
PSYC206
Research design and statistics 2
(Pre: PSYC104)
EXSC199
Psychology of Sport
EXSC118
Nutrition and exercise
Year 2 - Semester 2 PSYC214
Learning and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104 )
PSYC212
Abnormal psychology
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
ANAT100
Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science
EXSC120
Mechanical bases of exercise
Year 3 - Semester 1 PSYC213
Individual differences
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101, PSYC104 )
PSYC311
Research design and statistics 3
(Pre: PSYC206)
EXSC230
Motor Control and Learning (Pre: EXSC187)
EXSC222
Functional Anatomy
(Pre: ANAT100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 EXSC206
Professional experience preparation
(Pre: EXSC118, EXSC187, EXSC199 , BIOL125)
   
Year 3 - Semester 2 EXSC242
Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment
(Pre: EXC198)
EXSC296
Health and exercise psychology
(Pre: EXSC199 OR PSYC100 and PSYC101)
EXSC204
Exercise testing, prescription and delivery
(Pre: EXSC198)
EXSC216
Resistance training: science and application
(Pre: EXSC198)
Year 4 - Semester 1 PSYC315
Brain and behaviour
(Pre: PSYC200)
PSYC313
Social psychology
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC200)
EXSC394
Exercise, health and disease
(Pre: EXSC204)
EXSC220
Biomechanics
(Pre: EXSC120)
Year 4 - Semester 2 PSYC307
Cognitive psychology
(Pre: PSYC206, and either PSYC213 or PSYC214)
PSYC314
Psychological assessment
(Pre: PSYC104, PSYC213)
EXSC325
Professional practice in exercise science
Community engagement
(Pre: ANAT100, EXSC120, EXSC198, EXSC204, EXSC206, EXSC216 )
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)

'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: $2953.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23624.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $94496.00 (2020)

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 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 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
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

Counselling
Child welfare and development
Community work
Education
Health
Human resources
Marketing and Market research
Fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology, including sports psychology
Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments
High performance sport organisations
Sports institutes and academies
Corporate fitness
Exercise scientist
Sports scientist
Health and fitness consultant
Strength and conditioning coach
Sports coach
Rehabilitation coach
Performance analyst
Fitness advisor
Sports science manager
Physical activity officer
Allied health assistant

Professional experience

In the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum) with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

Professional recognition

(a) Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new degree has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise & Sports Science Australia for the Strathfield and Melbourne campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Science level for graduates in the program from 2019. (Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course).

(b) This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. The course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

Please note that after completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology are required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

High-achieving graduates from this program may be eligible to apply for fourth year studies in Psychology (Honours degree in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma in Psychology).

Graduates are also eligible for admission to:

  • postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation
  • postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport
  • one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research
  • higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent on elective choices and campus/state of study)
  • further study in other allied health professions
  • further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent on elective choices)

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