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Lachlan Wilmot

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

"It’s fantastic to be working in a field I’m passionate about, shaping elite athletes and helping them to be the best team they can be."

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Exercise science

Exercise science is the scientific study of human movement. ACU educates students and conducts research in exercise science areas such as:

  • sports science
  • elite athlete preparation
  • sports coaching
  • PE teaching
  • exercise and health
  • exercise prescription
  • recreation leadership
  • sport management
  • clinical applications of exercise with healthy, chronic disease, and injured populations

Why study exercise science at ACU?

Students studying exercise science at ACU have the advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, including fully equipped gyms and biomechanics labs. Our lecturers are experts in their fields with close links to industry. The School of Exercise Science has created unique opportunities for student learning and development in elite sport, allied health, schools and the public health system. The school also has community engagement opportunities for students which include sport development and capacity building, both locally and internationally.

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Accredited exercise physiologists specialise in the delivery of exercise as a preventative, prescriptive and rehabilitative tool for complex and chronic disease, work-related injuries and to promote good health.

ACU’s Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology allows students to gain knowledge and appropriate skills in screening, assessment and provision of exercise intervention in multiple applications across the lifespan, including prevention and management of chronic disease(s), workplace conditioning and sport injury rehabilitation.

The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • biomechanics
  • motor control and learning
  • psychology

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you will understand what’s involved in:

  • exercise testing and prescription
  • movement analysis
  • sport performance
  • mental wellbeing


Exercise science is the scientific study of human movement.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science will qualify with a strong academic base in exercise prescription, sports performance analysis and physical activity across the lifespan, in the context of the scientific principles of fitness and health and their application.

The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science replaces the Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science in 2016. This new degree provides a strong academic base in Exercise Science and focuses on the practical skills required to become leaders in Outdoor Education, HPE Teaching, Coaching and Health Promotion professions. Due to being able to take 2 minors or one major within this degree this program has multiple vocational pathways to employment in sport and coaching, exercise science, health and health promotion, outdoor leadership and HPE teaching The program is designed with the flexibility to accommodate majors and minors and options for a second teaching method (e.g., Mathematics, Science, Biology, Outdoor Education).

A Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Exercise Science is being introduced to the Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne campuses in Semester 1 2016. The brand new program provides a four-year teaching qualification for Physical Education (PE) in Victoria; Health, Outdoor and Physical Education (HOPE) in the ACT; and Health and Physical Education (H/PE) in Queensland. The double degree provides students with a great deal of flexibility in their chosen career path. Graduates will hold two degrees, a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Exercise Science, thereby providing qualifications relevant to a career in both the Secondary Education and the Exercise Science sectors.

Other dual degrees, certificates and honours programs are also available:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Public Health
  • Certificate in Exercise Science


The high performance sport industry is a global, multi-billion dollar entity that provides employment opportunities for a range of professions including sport scientists, coaches and managers. At the heart of this industry is the conditioning of the athlete with the aim of optimising individual and team performance for successful outcomes.

ACU’s postgraduate courses in high performance sport aim to help students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills for a career in the industry. Using cutting-edge interactive technologies for online delivery wherever you are in the world, cross-disciplinary study units bring together current and new knowledge from a range of professions within the industry for example: sports psychology, skill acquisition, nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, sports medicine and rehabilitation. Specific topics are developed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a focus on world’s best practice.

Issues of leadership, culture, and communication in the high performance sport setting are addressed, and a foundation of project design and research skills is incorporated into the program with direct application to high performance sporting contexts.
To support these subjects, an intensive on-campus component is incorporated as a one-week offering during the course. This component offers students hands-on experience with the latest technology in the industry, while providing the added opportunity to network directly with industry specialists and other students in the course.

Two graduate certificates, in Leadership and in Performance Analysis, have been added to ACU’s existing suite of postgraduate High Performance Sport programs. The high performance sport industry is increasingly focused on developing employees and athletes with strong leadership skills and training in ethics. In addition, the ability to analyse and interpret meaningful high performance sport data in order to monitor and enhance performance, and to apply advanced information literacy to the processing and reporting of information and data are becoming an expectation for sports science employment. It is hoped that these new programs offered by the School will address the needs of the sports science industry.