Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Undergraduate degree

The leading undergraduate course of its sector in Victoria, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science offers specialisations from coaching to health.

Accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia

#1 sport science school in Australia*

Industry partnerships with prominent sports clubs

Key facts


Waurn Ponds:
Lowest selection rank


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2020 close 10 July 2020

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Join the #1 sport science school in Australia by studying Deakin’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. The course provides an accredited pathway for you to be eligible to register and practise as an Accredited Exercise Scientist with the national accrediting body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). You’ll learn how to apply knowledge and skills in exercise and sport science to improve the performance, health and participation of individuals, athletes and teams.

Develop the skills to become a professional leader in exercise and sport science and allied fields, with a focus on the biological, sociological and behavioural bases of exercise and sport science. Learn in world-class facilities at our Elite Sports Precinct in Geelong and Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science building in Burwood. The course includes 220 hours of practical experience – more than any comparable accredited program in Victoria – meaning you’ll graduate job ready with an advantage.

Why not fulfil your potential in the world of exercise and sports science and graduate with a practical degree that lets you hit the ground running in the industry?

Our world-class facilities allow you to learn in elite environments. The Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus’ Elite Sports Precinct supports the activities of a wide range of athletes, from the Geelong Cats AFL team, to the student-based Deakin Ducks Soccer Club – opening the door to outstanding placement opportunities for students. Our new specialised indoor exercise and sport science building at the Melbourne Burwood Campus features four levels of state-of-the-art sport science learning facilities, providing a broad range of hands-on learning experiences for students.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science is the first and longest-standing undergraduate course in Victoria. Develop the expertise to become a professional leader in exercise and sport science, studying the biology, technology, behaviour and best practices that underpin exercise and sport science. Tailor the course to your interests and career goals, choosing from the following majors:

  • applied sport science
  • disability and inclusion
  • exercise physiology
  • family, society and health
  • health promotion
  • physical activity and health
  • psychology
  • sport coaching
  • sports nutrition
  • strength and conditioning.

You’ll have the opportunity to participate in work experience placements in a variety of environments such as:

  • AFL/VFL football clubs
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Tennis Australia
  • WNBL clubs
  • Cricket Victoria
  • private strength and conditioning and high-performance centres (including Institutes of Sport)
  • recreational gyms
  • rehabilitation clinics.

All students participate in two industry-based practical experiences. In second year, students complete 80 hours of practical experience in Exercise Programming. The Exercise and Sports Science Practicum in final year offers a minimum 140 hours of practical experiences. These are a core feature of the course which, combined with one-on-one career mentoring by staff in particular units, set you apart from other graduates.

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Course structure

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2018 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2018 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer

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 16 core units (these are compulsory and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study). No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1 and at least 6 credit points must be taken at level 3.

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 applied sport science, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport coaching, nutrition, physical activity and health, health promotion, management, sports nutrition, marketing, languages or media.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


Compulsory units


Elective units



Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety HSE010 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109 *
  • Physical Activity and Exercise for Health HSE111
  • Human Growth, Development and Ageing for Exercise Scientists HSE113
  • plus one elective unit (recommended from level 1)

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Functional Human Anatomy HSE102
  • Essentials of Exercise Delivery HSE103
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise and Sport HSE104
  • plus one elective unit (recommended from level 1)

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Exercise Physiology HSE201 *
  • Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation HSE212
  • Exercise Programming HSE302
  • plus one elective units (recommended from level 1 or level 2)

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Biomechanics HSE202
  • Motor Learning and Development HSE204
  • Integrated Human Physiology HSE208
  • plus one elective unit (recommended from level 2 or level 3)

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Exercise and Sports Science Practicum HSE312
  • Clinical and Sport Biomechanics HSE323
  • plus two elective unit (recommended from level 2 or level 3)

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise HSE309
  • Nutrition for Exercise Scientists HSE330
  • plus two elective units (recommended from level 2 or level 3)

    * Unit also available in Trimester 3

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Note: Minor sequences are not available to H343 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students.

    Students can choose to undertake majors from other courses as long as they can fit the major into their course structure and the majors are available for you to undertake.

    Please ensure you discuss your request with your Course Adviser to ensure you are still meeting your course rules

    Bachelor of Health Sciences

    Bachelor of Commerce

    Bachelor of Arts

    Bachelor of Science

    Elective units

    Exercise and Sport Science elective units

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

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Principles of Sport Coaching HSE105
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Muscle Biology for Exercise Science HSE110
  • Pathways in the Physical Activity, Exercise and Health Industry HSE112
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice HSE205
  • Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HSN227
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice HSE205
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Exercise Metabolism HSE303
  • Issues in Sport Coaching HSE305
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise HSE309
  • Applied Sports Science 1 HSE311
  • HSE313
  • Clinical and Sport Biomechanics HSE323
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Physiology of Sport Performance HSE304
  • Applied Sports Science 2 HSE314
  • Physical Activity and Population Health HSE316
  • Exercise in Health and Disease HSE320
  • Sport Coaching and Development Practicum HSE321 ~
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    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

    2020 course information

    VTAC code

    1400310381 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS) - Regional and Remote

    1400314411 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

    1400514411 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 offering subject to availability of places

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit that contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.


    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.

    Participation requirements

    The course contains compulsory practicum placements designed to meet the ESSA Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) professional standards. comprising a minimum of 140 hours.

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Upon achievement of the prerequisite requirements, placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks listed here.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability and/or athletes registered with the Deakin Elite Athlete program.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning

    The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science features compulsory practical experience through work-based practicum, 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.

    To meet the ESSA professional standards for accreditation, at least 80 hours of course practicum hours must demonstrate attainment of competency in exercise assessment, prescription and delivery.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    Current year 12 students from regional and remote areas who apply to study this course at Waurn Ponds Campus may be eligible for bonus aggregate points through Deakin's Regional and Remote Entry Scheme. Learn more about this scheme, eligibility and how to apply.

    Eligible elite year 12 student athletes may be eligible for bonus aggregate points through Deakin's Elite Athlete Program. Learn more about the Elite Athlete Program, eligibility and how to apply.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent


    • Certificate IV in a related discipline or


    • Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline or


    • Successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution


    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience


    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Students awarded Recognition of Prior Learning into this course for non-university studies may not be eligible for immediate registration with ESSA - please obtain further clarification from a student adviser via email or call 9251 7777.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $8,242 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications through VTAC have now closed.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with our pathways finder.

    This course can be a pathway to:

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888


    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Graduate job ready with 220 hours of practical experience

    #3 sport science school in the world*

    Nationally accredited exercise and sport science program

    Study in our world-class elite sports precinct

    Career outcomes

    As well as typical roles in the sport, exercise, coaching and fitness industry, you may pursue employment in sport science, sports administration, facility management, community health and wellness, or rehabilitation. 

    Upon graduating, you may find employment opportunities in:

    • elite, professional sporting clubs
    • local and state government agencies
    • professional sporting bodies
    • local and community sporting clubs
    • hospital and rehabilitation clinics
    • fitness and aquatic centres
    • private health and recreation centres
    • large organisations in corporate health.

    After successfully completing the Bachelor of Exercise and SportScience, you may consider applying for further study to advance your career in the sport science industry. We offer:

    Professional recognition

    Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

    All graduates are eligible to apply for accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES). Please refer to ESSA webpage for more information.

    *Current Students please refer to Current Student handbook for more information.

    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students who have been awarded Recognition for Prior Learning for study below Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level-7 (e.g. non-university study undertaken via TAFE, Deakin College or within overseas qualifications that are not equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree (i.e. AQF-7) may not be eligible for immediate accreditation with ESSA. This does not mean that ESSA accreditation is not available to you. What it means is that to apply to become an AES you will need to do so through the non-ESSA Accredited Course application pathway.

    ESSA has implemented a new English requirement for all individuals seeking initial accreditation or reinstating accreditation to show English language competence, please refer to this webpage for more information:

    If you have any questions about this new requirement, please contact ESSA: 07 3171 3335 or

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and well-developed theoretical and technical knowledge within the broad disciplines of exercise and sport science.


    Demonstrate clear and accurate communication using a range of modes to select and deliver relevant information.

    Digital Literacy

    Use a range of digital tools within exercise and sport science environments to accurately and efficiently locate, evaluate, and disseminate information, including the collection and analysis of data.

    Critical thinking

    Use information from multiple sources of evidence to inform decision making applied to exercise and sport science.

    Problem Solving

    Independently deconstruct a range of real world and complex problems within exercise and sport science environments to formulate, execute and evaluate possible solutions.


    Demonstrate the capacity to learn and work independently, taking personal responsibility for actions and outcomes commensurate with priorities and timeframes established both personally and by others.


    Consistently demonstrate professional behaviours while making effective contributions across a range of roles when undertaking collaborative work within intra- and inter-disciplinary teams.

    Global Citizenship

    Practise ethical and professional behaviours with an awareness of, and sensitivity to, diverse global and local perspectives in exercise and sport science.


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