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
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is nationally recognised and the field-leading degree of its type in Victoria. The major focus of the course and your learning is to improve performance, health and participation of individuals, athletes and teams through training, coaching and advice.

You will develop the expertise to become a professional leader in exercise and sport science, and have the opportunity to study the biology, technology, behaviour and best practices that underpin exercise and sport science.

Depending on your career aspirations and areas of interest, you could choose to focus your study in specialised streams such as coaching, exercise physiology, health promotion, sports nutrition, psychology, or physical activity and health.

This is the first and longest standing undergraduate course in Victoria with an accredited pathway to directly facilitate your capacity to register and practice as an Accredited Exercise Scientist with the peak national accrediting body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

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 ens-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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 enquire@deakin.edu 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

To complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. in order to gain 24 credit points you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects'). Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertaken two trimesters each year.

The course comprises 24 credit points which includes 14 core units (these are compulsory) and 10 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Also, you 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.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

Specialisations

Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

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

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HBS110Health Behaviour

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE104Research Methods and Statistics

plus one elective unit  

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSE201Exercise Physiology *

HSE203Exercise Behaviour

plus two elective units

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSE202Biomechanics

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

Level 3 - 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 2016

Elective units

Exercise and Sport Science elective units

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

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HSE105Principles of Sport Coaching

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HSE106Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSE205Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice

Level 2 - 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

HSE313Children's Physical Activity and Sport

HSE323Clinical and Sport Biomechanics

Level 3 - 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 ~

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.

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 ens-enquire@deakin.edu.au

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Work experience

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.