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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Course summary for local students

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) - international students only

Indicative annual fee 2015$7,866* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contactsHealth - 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

Note: 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 ens-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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.


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 ens-enquire@deakin.edu.au


Physical Activity Australia

Students can obtain accreditation with Physical Activity Australia (PPA) to be able to work as a 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.


For further information about how to register with Physical Activity Australia and registration categories, please visit their website at http://www.physicalactivityaustralia.org.au/

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Fees and charges

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s 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.

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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.

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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)

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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)

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Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  *

HSE101 Principles of Exercise and Sport Science  


HSE103 Introduction to Exercise and Sport Science Practice  

plus one elective unit

Trimester 2

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HBS110 Health Behaviour  

HSE102 Functional Human Anatomy  

plus one elective unit

Level 2
Trimester 1
HSE201 Exercise Physiology  *

HSE203 Exercise Behaviour  

plus two elective units

Trimester 2

HSE202 Biomechanics  

HSE204 Motor Learning and Development  

plus two elective units

Level 3

Trimester 1
HSE301 Principles of Exercise Prescription  

HSE312 Exercise and Sports Science Practicum  

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

Trimester 2

HSE302 Exercise Programming  

HSE312 Exercise 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

HSE105 Principles of Sport Coaching  


Trimester 2

HSE106 Introduction to Sport Coaching Practice  


Level 2

Trimester 1

HSE205 Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice  


Trimester 2

HSE208 Integrated Human Physiology  

HSE212 Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation  

Level 3
Trimester 1
HSE303 Exercise Metabolism  

HSE305 Issues in Sport Coaching  

HSE309 Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise  

HSE311 Applied Sports Science 1  

HSE313 Understanding Children's Physical Activity  

HSE323 Clinical and Sport Biomechanics  

Trimester 2

HSE304 Physiology of Sport Performance  

HSE314 Applied Sports Science 2  

HSE316 Physical Activity and Population Health  

HSE320 Exercise in Health and Disease  

HSE321 Sport Coaching and Development Practicum  

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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.

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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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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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.

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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 ens-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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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 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.


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