Sport and Exercise Science

SubjectSports, Science


Type of DegreeBSc

CostAUD 22,880 2015/16



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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.

Career opportunities

Exercise scientists are university-trained health and fitness professionals who specialise in providing exercise-based services and work across a variety of settings. These include: sports coaching, strength training and conditioning, sport development, performance testing and talent identification, personal training and gym instruction, health promotion, and occupational rehabilitation.

Graduates are also well placed to pursue employment in sport administration, sport marketing, sport promotion and sport sponsorship. Some graduates also choose to pursue further study at postgraduate level to become an allied health professional in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition/dietetics or to become a PDHPE teacher.

Professional recognition

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, are eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA. Please note: ESSA accreditation at the Gold Coast campus is pending.  

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 will be eligible to become an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Professional placement

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.


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