Exercise and sport science FAQs

What courses are available in Exercise and Sport Science?

What does the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science cover?

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is designed to equip students with the fundamental skills, understanding and attitudes to pursue professional careers in the exercise and sport science fields. Some of these skills include exercise testing, prescription and programming, the use of technology in sport and exercise, understanding injury management and rehabilitation, and the nutritional, psychological and behavioural aspects of exercise and sport.

What is the advantage of completing an Honours degree in this area?

Honours degrees comprise a combination of coursework and a research project. In the project you will work with a supervisor and gain an insight into research. On successful completion of your Honours degree you may apply to enter a masters or doctoral program by research.

During your honours degree you will gain superior skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, independence and time management. All of these skills will be advantageous in your future employment.

What is sport science?

Sport science is a multi-disciplinary field concerned with the understanding and enhancement of human performance. It includes the knowledge, methods and applications of sub-disciplines of human movement studies (i.e. exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and motor development, exercise and sport psychology) as well as how they interact in practical sport settings.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist?

Exercise Physiologist (EP):
Exercise Physiologists are four year university qualified allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseased and injuries.

EP's provide physical activity and behavioural change support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, cancer, arthritis, resporatory conditions and many more.

Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)provides the national accreditation program for exercise physiologists. Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP's) are recognised as allied health professionals.

Sport Scientist:
Sport scientists are trained experts who assist sports people to achieve their best possible sporting performance. They evaluate, research, assess and advise on coaching, training, competition and recovery practices in all areas and levels of sport.

Sport scientists will work with teams and individual athletes to provide scientific support in preparation for competition. This can involve providing information, technical and practical support on training, injury prevention, technique analysis, nutrition, optimisation of performance and assistance with psychological issues (such as motivation, stress and arousal, and coping strategies). For example, a sport scientist might design a strength and conditioning training programme to increase a cyclist's speed or improve a swimmer's power off the swimming blocks.

In order to work as a sport scientist in sporting academies such as the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), professional sporting teams and universities, a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) is generally a mandatory requirement.

If I am a Year 12 or VCE student what Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is required and what prerequisites are needed?

Applications for current year 12 students must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

Pre-requisite studies: VCE units 3 and 4 – with a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English.
For more information, please visit Future students website.

If I am a non-school leaver or mature age student what are the requirements to undertake these courses?l

All non-year 12 applicants must apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

Are qualifications recognised overseas?

Most of the careers listed below are also available overseas as many Australian degrees are recognised internationally. To work as an exercise or sport scientist, some countries may require further training to meet professional licensing or registration standards.

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Uk Sport offers interesting opportunity to graduates to work in their field. New jobs are constantly available.

Can I be a personal trainer during, or after this degree?

There are other shorter courses that can be completed to qualify as a fitness professional. 

Students who are interested in becoming fitness professionals can apply to be registered once they have completed their degree.

Can I teach physical education after this degree?

No, but if you choose the right electives in our Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree you can do postgraduate studies majoring in physical education. Alternatively, you can study to become a physical education teacher here at Deakin. Click here to find out about the Bachelor of Physical Education at Deakin.

Victorian teacher training and registration requirements are available from the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

What major sequences are available in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science?

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, nutrition, physical activity and health, health promotion, management, sports nutrition, marketing, physiology, languages or media.

Is there any professional recognition available on completion of the course?

Deakin's Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is the first and only nationally accredited undergraduate exercise and sport science program in Victoria. This accreditation has been awarded by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

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 Exercise and Sport Science Australia at the Exercise Scientist level.

What opportunities exist for further study?

Following successful completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science you will be well prepared to undertake a range of further study options to pursue physical education teaching, graduate-entry medicine or physiotherapy, honours in exercise science, masters in clinical exercise physiology and postgraduate sport programs such as sport management at Deakin University.

PhysiotherapyAustralian Physiotherapy Association
Sport PsychologyAustralian Psychological Society
Sport DietitianSports Dietitians Australia
Sport MedicineSports Medicine Australia

Labour market information/income range?

Career outcomes in the sporting industry are exciting, diverse and ever increasing. Australia is a sport-loving nation and our focus on sport as a discipline, a health science, a profession, a recreational activity and a lifestyle has never been greater. With the increase in obesity and chronic disease rates in Australia and around the world, the focus on physical activity and sport is likely to keep increasing.

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