Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Undergraduate degree

Become a professional leader and help individuals develop their physical wellbeing. Apply to study Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin today.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

3 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

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 and HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety 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.

16

Compulsory units

8

Elective units

24

Total

Core units

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (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
  • Essentials of Exercise Delivery
  • Research Methods and Statistics 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

    Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    Note: Minor sequencesare 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
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

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

  • Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • 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

  • International Perspectives On Exercise and Sports Science
  • 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

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
    Year

    2021 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
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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)

    This course structure is for students commencing Trimester 1 2018 onwards. Students who commenced their course in or before 2017, please go to the 2017 course handbook entry

    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 - 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.

    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 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.

    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 the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    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

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish experience to be considered you should include this information with suitable evidence on your personal statement. This may include supporting statements from employers, organisations, coaches and other educational institutions. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If you wish experience to be considered you should include this information with suitable evidence on your personal statement. This may include supporting statements from employers, organisations, coaches and other educational institutions. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Personal statement

    If you wish experience to be considered you should include this information with suitable evidence on your personal statement. This may include supporting statements from employers, organisations, coaches and other educational institutions. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    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 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

    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 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 health-enquire@deakin.edu.au or call 9251 7777.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students who have been awarded Recognition for Prior Learningbased on informal or non-formal learning ie. work experience 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.

    For H343 graduates who have NOT received any Recognition for Prior Learning from study undertaken below AQF 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), please refer to the ESSA Accredited Course information application process.

    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 email 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.