Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 3 locations
- Study mode
- 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
- CRICOS Code
- 6.5 overall score (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands)
- Fees (first year)*
- Start dates
- February 2024, February 2025
Physical activity and healthy eating are fundamental to good health and wellbeing for all human beings. Not only do they reduce the risk of disease, they improve or maintain overall quality of life through enhanced mental and social wellbeing. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science will equip graduates to become experts in professions related to both exercise/sport science and nutrition science. Graduates will capitalize on the synergies between the two fields of study to promote optimal health and nutrition through the lifespan.
In the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum) with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.
This course will undergo accreditation by Exercise and Sports Science Australia for ‘Exercise and Sports Science'.
Graduates of this degree will be eligible to apply for registration as a Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). This degree has been designed to meet the competencies deemed essential by the NSA for registration.
Our graduates have pursued careers in:
- government and non-government health agencies and sport and recreation departments
- high performance sport organisations
- sports institutes and academies
- exercise and sports science
- health and fitness consultant
- public health nutrition
- the food industry
- food and nutrition communication
- food science and technology
- food safety and regulation
- education sector
To complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science, a student must complete 330 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
|Year 1 - Semester 1|
BIOL125 Human Biology 1
NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition
ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science
EXSC199 Psychology of Sport
|Year 1 - Semester 2|
BIOL126 Human Biology 2
NUTR102 Culinary Nutrition Science
100 level unit:
UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
PHCC102 Being Human
PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life
EXSC122 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science
Year 2 - Summer
EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise
|Year 2 - Semester 1|
CHEM105 Foundations of Chemistry
EXSC224 Mechanical Bases of Exercise
EXSC222 Functional Anatomy
|Year 2 - Semester 2|
CHEM112 Organic and Food Chemistry
BIOL234 Nutritional Physiology
EXSC296 Health and Exercise Psychology
EXSC322 Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment
|Year 3 - Semester 1|
NUTR202 Lifespan Nutrition
EXSC187 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing
|Year 3 - Semester 2|
CHEM206 Advanced Metabolic Biochemistry
EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery
EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application
**EXSC206 Professional Experience Preparation
|Year 4 - Semester 1|
NUTR302 Diet, Health and Disease
NUTR303 Food Science in Practice
EXSC394 Exercise Prescription for Health and Wellbeing
EXSC398 Professional Experience data-versionlabel=3 >
|Year 4 - Winter|
EXSC316 Nutrition for Sports Performance
|Year 4 - Semester 2|
NUTR304 Food Product Design and Development
UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World
PHCC320 The Just Society
EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
*Campus availability: students will undertake exercise science units at Strathfield Campus and all other units at North Sydney Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.
**EXSC206 prepares students for professional practice opportunities, career planning and employability by addressing the scope of practice of an exercise professional. It will also address some of the requirements needed to fulfil your accreditation as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association. This unit consists of online modules. Modules must be done in the student’s own time before the end of Semester 2 and /or before the commencement of any professional placement.
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
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Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).
If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.
Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.
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Pathways into course for international applicants
If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed.
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An honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for either the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours), the Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Honours).
Graduates may be eligible to progress to a postgraduate coursework degree in either the discipline of exercise science, nutrition science or dietetics.
- Unit fee: $3196
- Average first year fee: $26367
- Estimate total cost: $105468
The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
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Information on the application procedure
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.
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Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.