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Bachelor of Exercise Science

Available at

  • Melbourne Campus Vic
  • Strathfield Campus NSW


240 cp (Pass)
Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

80 cp (Honours)
Minimum duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.


Apply to relevant state Tertiary Admissions Centre.

New South Wales

Recommended studies: English Advanced; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education; Mathematics plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics.


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in English (any) and in one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (any), Outdoor Education, Psychology, Physical Education or Physics.

Pass Degree

The Bachelor of Exercise Science course aims to provide a strong academic base in the discipline of Exercise Science. The course seeks to develop graduates who will be competent in the application of the principles of exercise science, ethical in their practice and independent learners. The course is designed to enable students to consider a wide variety of career options related to sports science, exercise science, and management in leisure and recreation, community and corporate fitness, and sport. Graduates may find employment in sports institutes, corporate fitness areas, health and fitness centres, as community fitness and as activity leaders as well as within the government and local government sectors. The completion of specialisations is directed towards appropriate national professional recognition. Graduates who choose the exercise science specialisation will be eligible to apply for AAESS membership.

Elite Athletes

The University will consider admitting a limited number of students who have outstanding sporting or appropriate recreational/vocational performance but do not meet normal entry criteria.

Cognate Sequence - Psychology (Victoria Only)

Students on St Patrick's Campus may wish to pursue studies that lead to registration as a psychologist. Six units can be completed as part of the Bachelor of Exercise Science course structure with the possibility of completing the other requirements as postgraduate studies. Students are advised to consult with the course coordinator within the School of Psychology.

Field and Professional Activities (350 hours total)

Consistent with the university's emphasis on practical work experience as part of a qualification for life, students are required to complete 350 hours of Field and Professional Activities alongside their academic studies. Students from exercise science increasingly pursue a range of different professional options upon graduation. To cater for the most popular of these options, the Field and Professional Activities experiences are tailored for the following areas of interest:

  1. Physical Education and Coaching
  2. Wellness, Health and Rehabilitation
  3. Outdoor Recreation

Field and Professional Activities are structured to provide students with relevant individual field experiences and the opportunity to acquire a selection of relevant practical skills and competencies.

Honours Degree


Apply direct to ACU National


Completion of a relevant bachelor pass degree and:

  1. attainment of grades of Distinction or above in at least half of the graded units at second and third year levels; or
  2. completion of at least one year's experience in a related area of exercise science.

Students who have displayed a high level of achievement in the three years of the undergraduate program may be invited to undertake the Honours degree.

The course is designed to provide an in-depth academic program in the discipline of Exercise Science. It will enable students to reflect upon processes needed to apply, explain, control and practice complex human performance behaviours. Further it will provide the opportunity to develop skills in undertaking research and to prepare for higher degree studies at the master's and doctoral level.

Students will also be required to attend and participate in graduate seminars organised by the School.

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