Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Undergraduate degree

Discover a wide-ranging career path when you combine a drive for exercise and sports with a passion for food and nutrition.

#1 sport science school in Australia*

Become accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia

320 hours practical experience

Key facts


Lowest selection rank


4 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

This combined degree gives you the opportunity to study two complementary fields and understand how the whole athlete works, as well as the fuel required to enable them to perform at their best. You will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of 220 hours of invaluable practical experience and benefit from career mentoring, setting you apart from other graduates.

Offered by the #1 ranked sport science school in Australia, exercise and sports science at Deakin gives you a nationally recognised, field-leading education in improving the performance, health and participation of individuals and teams. Complementing this, the nutrition science component of this combined course gives you an understanding of the nature of food and the importance of nutrition for individual and population health. Open the door to a wide range of career opportunities when you combine a drive for exercise and sport with a passion for food and nutrition.

Want to graduate with the knowledge and skills to become an expert in elite athlete preparation?

Exercise and sport science at Deakin gives you the expertise to become a professional leader in the field, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the biology, technology, behaviour and best practices that underpin exercise and sport science.

You will have the opportunity to participate in two sport industry practical experiences during this course. In second year, students complete 80 hours of practical experience in Exercise Programming. The Exercise and Sports Science Practicum in your final year offers a minimum 140 hours of practical experience.

Additionally, you can choose to study the Food and Nutrition Practicum in your final year, giving you a further 100 hours of practical food or nutrition industry experience.

These work-integrated learning experiences allow you to undertake hands-on training in a variety of sporting, exercise or health environments, and set you apart from other graduates. The roles can involve coaching, sport science, sports administration, sport management, exercise research and fitness. Many graduates have even been offered employment based on their excellent fieldwork performance.

You can find work experience with a variety of organisations such as:

  • AFL/VFL football clubs
  • Basketball Victoria
  • Cricket Victoria
  • Cycling Victoria
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • health and fitness providers
  • recreational gyms
  • rehabilitation clinics
  • state and national sporting organisations and clubs
  • state and national institutes of sport
  • Tennis Australia.

The complementary nutrition science component of this course gives you an in-depth understanding of the nature of food and the importance of nutrition for wellbeing. Become career-ready with a comprehensive knowledge of human nutrition, as well as the complexity of current issues relating to food and health including:

  • bone health
  • cardiovascular disease
  • children’s food habits
  • food policy, regulation and sustainability
  • nutrition and ageing
  • social and physiological aspects of food and nutrition.

With an increase in demand for qualified nutrition professionals, you will be in a strong position to pursue diverse career opportunities. Combining studies in exercise and sports and nutrition sciences means you will be ready to take your expertise into the field and find new and innovative ways to promote health across a broad range of organisations and communities.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science students must attain 32 credit points which includes 16 exercise core units and 16 core nutrition units (one HSN coded elective unit).

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 units (AKA 'subjects'). Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester and usually undertaken two trimesters each year.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity, HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety, HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety and SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program in their first trimester of study (all 0 credit point compulsory units).

All Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus enrolled students are required to attend practical laboratory classes at the Melbourne Burwood Campus in their second year (HSN104 and HSN106). These two units can be undertaken either via intensives (two x 2 days) or via timetabled practical laboratory classes throughout the trimester (four in Trimester 1 and four in Trimester 2).


Compulsory units


Elective units



Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109 *
  • Human Growth, Development and Ageing for Exercise Scientists HSE113
  • Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health HSN101 *
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133 *
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety HSE010 (0 credit points)
  • Functional Human Anatomy HSE102 *
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Exercise and Sport HSE104
  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development HSN107
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Physical Activity and Exercise for Health HSE111
  • Exercise Physiology HSE201 *
  • The Science of Food HSN104
  • Biochemistry SLE212
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety HSN010 (0 credit points)
  • Essentials of Exercise Delivery HSE103
  • Motor Learning and Development HSE204
  • Food Fundamentals HSN106
  • Biochemical Metabolism SLE222
  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation HSE212
  • Exercise Programming HSE302
  • Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems HSN105
  • Nutritional Physiology HSN211 *
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Biomechanics HSE202
  • Integrated Human Physiology HSE208 *
  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN202
  • Assessing Food Intake and Activity HSN305
  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Exercise and Sports Science Practicum HSE312
  • Clinical and Sport Biomechanics HSE323
  • Diet and Disease HSN301
  • Food Policy and Regulation HSN309
  • Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise HSE309
  • Nutrition for Exercise Scientists HSE330
  • Population Nutrition HSN302
  • plus one nutrition elective unit (must be HSN coded unit from level 3)

    * Unit also available in Trimester 3

    Elective units

    Select one unit

    Trimester 1

  • Food Policy and Regulation HSN309
  • HSN313
  • Trimester 2

  • Food, Nutrition and Society HSN308
  • Food and Nutrition Practicum HSN311
  • Trimester 3

  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition HSN360 (next offered Trimester 3 2019)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science / Bachelor of Nutrition Science

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510611 - 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

    Trimester 2 - July

    Please note: All Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus enrolled students are required to attend practical laboratory classes at the Melbourne Burwood Campus in their second year (HSN104 and HSN106).

    You can choose to undertake these two units either via intensives (two x 2 days) or via timetabled practical laboratory classes throughout the trimester (four in Trimester 1 and four in Trimester 2).

    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 to 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 hours designed to meet the ESSA Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) professional standards, which comprise a minimum of 80 hours of exercise prescription and 140 hours of work integrated learning in an exercise and sports science directly aligned to their chosen career path.

    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 (found here) and/or athletes registered with the Elite Athlete Friendly University programme (found here).

    Work experience

    The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science features two compulsory practical experiences through work-based practicum. In third year, students will complete 80 hours of work integrated learning in exercise assessment, prescription and delivery in both third and final year. In their fourth year, students will also complete 140 hours of work integrated learning in an exercise and sport science setting directly related to their career path.


    These work integrated learning experiences provide you with 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, and fitness providers. The roles can involve coaching, sport science, sports administration, sport management, exercise research and fitness, while many graduates have been offered subsequent employment based on their excellent practicum/fieldwork performance.

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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.

    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.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,211 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

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    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal.

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    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.

    #3 sport science school in the world*

    Graduate ready to apply for accreditation with ESSA

    Graduate eligible to apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia

    Pathway to further study in dietetics, exercise and sport

    Career outcomes

    As well as typical roles in the sport, exercise, coaching and fitness industries, you may pursue employment in:

    • sports administration
    • facility management
    • community health and wellness
    • rehabilitation
    • sport science.

    Other employment opportunities include:

    • 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 business organisations in corporate health.

    You will also be well prepared for a nutrition-focused career and can work in areas in the nutrition and food industry such as::

    • food analysis
    • food manufacturing
    • food quality and safety
    • food laboratories and research institutes
    • food policy and regulation
    • food wholesale and retail
    • individual and population health
    • nutrition research and education
    • public health nutrition
    • community nutrition
    • consumer education and awareness campaigns
    • nutrition and agribusiness
    • product development
    • sensory analysis.

    More information on nutrition careers.

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

    Professional recognition

    Current students are eligible to apply for student membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), and apply as an ‘ordinary member’ upon graduating.

    Graduates are eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the:

    • Nutrition Society of Australia
    • Hong Kong Nutrition Association
    • UK Association for Nutrition.

    Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

    D333 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science / Bachelor of Nutrition Science is currently NOT an accredited course 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. Please refer to ESSA webpage for more information.

    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 and nutrition, food and health.


    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 both exercise and sport science and nutrition, food and health 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 both exercise and sport science, and nutrition, food and health.

    Problem Solving

    Independently deconstruct a range of real world and complex problems within both exercise and sport science, and nutrition, food and health 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 both exercise and sport science, and nutrition, food and health.

    *ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2018
    ** Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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