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. The international version of this course is available from Trimester 2, 2019.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0 ( Band B)


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

This combined course 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. Discover wide-ranging career opportunities when you combine a drive for exercise and sports with a passion for food and nutrition.

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

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 through structured exercise, training, coaching and advice. You will develop 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 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 100 hours of practical food or nutrition industry experience.

These experiences are a core feature of this Deakin course which, combined with one-on-one career mentoring by staff, sets you apart from other graduates.

These work-integrated learning experiences give you the opportunity to undertake hands-on experience 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 organisation and clubs
  • state and national institutes of sport
  • Tennis Australia.

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

  • 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 various 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).


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

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    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

    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 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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    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

    Frequently asked questions

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    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.

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