Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
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

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$7,913 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

CRICOS course code045332G
VTAC Codes1400314411 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514411 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code H343

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

In this field-leading degree you will learn methods 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 a nationally accredited study stream within the degree and be eligible to apply for membership as an Exercise Scientist by the peak national accrediting body, 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, while this accreditation was additionally awarded for the Waurn Ponds campus in 2015.
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.

Graduates awarded credit for prior learning for non-university studies (example: credit for prior learning obtained via the Deakin College (formerly 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 register 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 and/or Certificate IV in Fitness. Please download the attached information sheet and application document for further information about registration.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is 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 full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline 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 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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. Please refer to our School’s Career website for more information.

Course rules

The course comprises 24 credit points. A maximum of 10 credit points may be taken at level 1; and a minimum of 4 credit points must be at level 3. 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 - Burwood (Melbourne)
Sports Nutrition - Burwood (Melbourne)
Physical Activity and Health - Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Sport Coaching Burwood (Melbourne)


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), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Certificate IV in Fitness - Physical Activity Australia - Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

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

HSE301Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health

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, while many graduates have been offered subsequent employment based on their excellent practicum/fieldwork performance.

^Indicates compulsory practicum core unit students need to complete in this course - refer course structure
~Indicates core practicum unit for students undertaking Sport Coaching major, which students can choose to complete in this course - refer course structure

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Credit for prior learning - specific

Students awarded credit for prior learning into this course for non-university studies may not be eligible for immediate registration with ESSA - please obtain further clarification from a course advisor via email

How to apply

Applications for campus and Cloud (online) study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

Applications for Trimester 2 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.