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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Undergraduate degree

Improve the performance and health of athletes by developing the skills to become a leader in your field at the #1 sport science school in the world.*

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Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Join the #1 sport science school in the world* by studying Deakin's Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. The course provides an accredited pathway for you to be eligible to join Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and practice as an Accredited Exercise Scientist. You will 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 or our 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 sport science and graduate with a practical degree that lets you hit the ground running in the industry?

Deakin’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is the first and longest-standing undergraduate course in Victoria and 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 and AFLW teams, to the student-based Deakin Ducks Soccer Club, opening the door to exciting placement opportunities for students. Our Specialised Indoor Exercise and Sport Science Building at the Melbourne Burwood Campus features some of Australia's most advanced sport and exercise facilities including a climate chamber, and biomechanics and motor learning laboratories and is home to the Deakin Clinical Exercise Centre (DCEC).

Develop the expertise to become a professional leader in exercise and sport science, studying the anatomy and physiology, 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
  • nutrition
  • physical activity and health
  • psychology
  • sport coaching and coaching ecosystems
  • sports nutrition
  • strength and conditioning.

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

  • AFL/AFLW football clubs
  • VFL/VFLW football clubs
  • Football Federation Victoria
  • Cricket Australia
  • Tennis Australia
  • WNBL clubs
  • 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 at a pre-approved host organisation through the Exercise Programming unit. The Exercise and Sports Science Practicum in final year provides a minimum 140 hours of practical experiences. These are a core feature of the course which, combined with career mentoring by staff in particular units, set you apart from other graduates.

As a graduate of the #1 ranked sport science school in the world,* you will be prepared to be a leader in exercise and sport science, and allied fields, and can look forward to exciting employment opportunities across multiple industries. Visit deakin.edu.au/sport-careers to discover the wide range of careers that you could pursue.

Are you a current Year 12 student? If you attend a school in a regional or remote area or within the Greater City of Geelong you may be eligible to apply for this course through our Regional and Remote Entry Scheme using our dedicated VTAC codes. As an eligible applicant you may also receive up to a 10 aggregate point adjustment towards your entry score. Make the most of your ATAR.

*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2021 and 2022

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Year

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400314413 - Waurn Ponds (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514413 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
H343
CRICOS code?
045332G Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Level
Undergraduate
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

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 in 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 DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

16

Compulsory units

8

Elective units

24

Total

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2022 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2022 should refer to previous online Handbooks or contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

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

    Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Functional Human Anatomy
  • Exercise Prescription and Delivery
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis in Exercise and Sport
  • plus one elective unit (recommended from level 1)

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

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

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

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

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

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

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

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

    * Unit also available in Trimester 3

    ^Indicates compulsory practicum core unit students need to complete in this course - refer course structure

    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
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

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

  • Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Developmental Approaches to Coaching and Officiating in Sport
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Exercise Metabolism
  • Issues in Sport Coaching
  • Applied Sports Science 1
  • Physical Activity and Population Health
  • Advanced Anatomy for Exercise Scientists
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Physiology of Sport Performance
  • Applied Sports Science 2
  • Exercise in Health and Disease
  • Sport Coaching and Development Practicum ~
  • Advanced Exercise Prescription
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Global Perspectives in Physical Activity and Exercise for Health
  • Level 3 - Trimester 3

  • H718 Master of Dietetics Pre-Requisite units information

    Students wishing to be eligible to enrol in postgraduate dietetics at Deakin should refer to the H718 Master of Dietetics Pre-requisite unit information

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    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)

    Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2022 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2022 should refer to previous online Handbooks or contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

    Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information.

    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

    ^Indicates compulsory practicum core unit students need to complete in this course - refer course structure.

    Course duration

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) for the relevant state prior to undertaking placements as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students when they enrol into their placement units.

    Police record check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for placements as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students when they enrol into their placement units.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, seminars, practicals and online 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.

    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 and/or athletes registered with the Deakin Elite Athlete program.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    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.

    The units comprising of the practical experience outlined above are HSE312 Exercise and Sports Science Practicum (140 hours) and HSE302 Exercise Programming (80 hours).

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL

    ATAR

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

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Biology, any English, Health And Human Development, Outdoor And Environmental Studies or Physical Education equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, any English, Health And Human Development, Outdoor And Environmental Studies or Physical Education equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Elite Athlete program

    Student athletes may be eligible to receive 5 bonus aggregate points. Applicants wishing to be considered for an elite athlete bonus must complete a personal statement indicating how their studies have been impacted by participation in sport at an elite level. Applicants must also provide documented evidence of their participation in sport at an elite level to be considered for this.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the 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. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    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 and how to apply for credit.

    Students who are seeking Recognition of prior learning based on non-formal studies (eg. work experience) and wish to apply for ESSA professional accreditation please refer to Professional Recognition section in this handbook. You can obtain further clarification from a student adviser by submitting an enquiry or call 9251 7777.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student fees.

    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

    Apply now

    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science can look forward to diverse career opportunities across a wide range of organisations. Accredited Exercise Scientists are qualified to prescribe exercise to improve health, wellbeing, fitness and performance, and to assist in the prevention of chronic conditions, at an individual, community or population level. As well as typical roles in the sport, exercise, coaching and fitness industries, you may pursue employment in sports science, community health and wellness, or rehabilitation.

    Visit our exercise and sport science careers page for the different career pathways available to you.

    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 Sport Science, you may consider applying for further study to advance your career in the sport science industry. We offer:

    As a graduate of the #1 ranked sport science school in the world,* you will be prepared to be a leader in exercise and sport science, and allied fields, and can look forward to employment opportunities across multiple industries. Be ready for Australia’s golden decade of sport,^ visit deakin.edu.au/sport-careers to discover the exciting range of careers that you could pursue.

    *Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2021- 2022
    ^Australia is set to host over ten major global sporting events between 2022 – 2032

    Professional recognition

    Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

    Be a sought-after accredited Exercise Scientist. When you graduate with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, you will be eligible to apply for accreditation with the peak national accrediting body Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Deakin was first to achieve this nationally recognised accreditation in Victoria, a result of our long-standing commitment to high education standards and curriculum delivery in sport. For more information please refer to the ESSA-accredited course application process.

    Recognition of Prior Learning will only be awarded based on formal learning, which includes at a minimum documented learning outcomes and assessments (eg. course transcripts and course completion certificates). Students who received credits based on informal learning (eg. work experience) will need to apply to become an accredited Exercise Scientist via the non-ESSA accredited course application pathway.

    ESSA has implemented a new English language requirement if you’re seeking initial accreditation or reinstating accreditation to show English language competence. Find out if you need to take an English language test. If you have any questions about this new requirement, please contact ESSA on 07 3171 3335 or info@essa.org.au.

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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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