Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Course summary for international students

Click here for the local course option
Award granted Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2) - Burwood (Melbourne) international applicants only, Waurn Ponds (Geelong) all applicants

Indicative annual fee 2015$26,120* AUD
CRICOS course code045332G
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

VTAC Codes1400314413 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514413 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin course code H343
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course is under review in 2015 and may be subject to change.

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2013 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2013 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This field-leading degree looks at ways to apply knowledge and skills in exercise and sport science to improve the athlete, the team or the individual, through training, coaching and advice. You will develop the necessary competencies to become professional leaders in exercise and sport science and allied fields, and have the opportunity to study the biological, sociological and behavioural bases of exercise and sport science.

Depending on your career aspirations and areas of interest, you may choose to focus your study in specialised streams such as coaching, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, psychology, health promotion and physical activity and health. You can also undertake an approved study stream within the degree and be eligible to apply for accredited membership as an Exercise Scientist by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). This is the first undergraduate course in Victoria that directly facilitates this membership. Students awarded credit for prior learning for non-university studies may not be eligible for immediate registration with ESSA - please obtain further clarification from a course advisor via email

Professional recognition

Exercise and Sport Science Australia

A sequence within Deakin’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is nationally accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). The Burwood (Melbourne) campus was the first to achieve this status in Victoria and recognises our long standing commitment to quality standards in education and curriculum delivery.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science course including the approved units specified for the Exercise Science – ESSA sequence may apply for registration for full membership of ESSA at the Exercise Scientist level.

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of ESSA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements

Graduates awarded credit for prior learning for non-university studies (example: credit for prior learning obtained via the Melbourne Institute of Business and Technology – MIBT pathway) may not be eligible for immediate registration with ESSA and should seek further clarification from a course advisor about registration via email

Physical Activity Australia

Students can obtain accreditation with Physical Activity Australia (PAA) to be able to work as an Exercise Instructor by successfully completing the required specialisation unit sequence as part of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science course. This permits registration with PAA to a level equivalent to a Certificate III in Fitness.

Please download the attached information sheet and application document for further information about registration.

For further information about how to register with Physical Activity Australia and registration categories, please visit their website at

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As well as traditional roles in the sport, exercise, coaching and fitness industry, you may pursue employment in sports administration, facility management, community health and wellness, rehabilitation or sport science. Other employment opportunities include local and state government agencies, professional sporting bodies, hospital and rehabilitation clinics, fitness and aquatic centres, private health and recreation centres, or large business organisations. The degree is also a common pathway to postgraduate study in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy and research.

Course rules

The course comprises 24 credit points. Of these, a maximum of 10 credit points may be taken at level 1; not less than 14 must be at level 2 or higher; and not less than 4 must be at level 3. Students complete 14 core units and 10 elective units. Electives can be chosen according to students' interests, but must include at least 2 credit points from the Faculty of Health. A maximum of 8 credit points may be selected from other faculties of the University.

Students are required to complete HSE010 Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory Safety prior to their first laboratory based unit in this course.

In addition, students can select elective units to form a major sequence. Majors can be selected from within the Faculty of Health or any other Faculty, subject to availability and pre-requisites. Majors may include sport coaching, exercise, nutrition, physical activity and health, health promotion, management, sports nutrition, marketing, physiology, languages or media.

Note: All students completing HSE101 are required to complete a Level 2 First Aid at their own expense. Current Level 2 First Aid certificates will be accepted.

Campus mode Burwood (Melbourne) units only available to Burwood (Melbourne) based students.

Major sequences

Sport and exercise specific

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Exercise Physiology (B)
Sports Nutrition (B)
Physical Activity and Health (B, G, W)
Sport Coaching (B)


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Exercise Science - ESSA Sequence  - Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Certificate III in Fitness - Physical Activity Australia - Burwood (Melbourne)

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HSE010Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HBS109Human Structure and Function *

HSE101Principles of Exercise and Sport Science

HSE103Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science Practice

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

plus one elective unit  

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSE201Exercise Physiology *

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

plus two elective units

Trimester 2


HSE204Motor Learning and Development

plus two elective units

Level 3
Trimester 1

HSE301Principles of Exercise Prescription

HSE312Exercise and Sports Science Practicum

or one HSE3xx elective from the Exercise and Sport Science electives listed below.
plus two elective units

Trimester 2

HSE302Exercise Programming

HSE312Exercise and Sports Science Practicum (if not completed in Trimester 1)

or one HSE3xx elective from the Exercise and Sport Science electives listed below.
plus two elective units

* Unit also available in Trimester 3 2015


Electives are offered subject to availability of resources and quotas where applicable.

Level 1
Trimester 1

HSE105Principles of Sport Coaching

Trimester 2

HSE106Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice

Level 2

Trimester 1

HSE205Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice

Trimester 2

HSE208Integrated Human Physiology

HSE212Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation

Level 3
Trimester 1
HSE303Exercise Metabolism

HSE305Issues in Sport Coaching

HSE309Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise

HSE311Applied Sports Science 1

HSE313Understanding Children's Physical Activity

HSE323Clinical and Sport Biomechanics

Trimester 2

HSE304Physiology of Sport Performance

HSE314Applied Sports Science 2

HSE316Physical Activity and Population Health

HSE320Exercise in Health and Disease

HSE321Sport Coaching and Development Practicum

Work-Integrated Learning

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science features a minimum 140 hours of practical experience in an exercise and sport science work practicum in third year, so you can start your career before you graduate with hands-on work placement experience.

You have the opportunity to undertake hands-on experience in a variety of sporting, exercise or health environments. These may vary from local, state or national sporting organisations and professional sporting clubs; state and national institutes of sport; as well as health, fitness and exercise physiology rehabilitation providers. The roles can involve coaching, sport science, sports administration, sport management, exercise physiology and fitness. Many graduates have been offered work based on their excellent fieldwork performance.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact