Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Administration

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
6.5 minimum overall score (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025, February 2026, July 2026


This double degree combines core curricula from Exercise Science and Business Administration. The Bachelor of Exercise Science core content provides an extensive knowledge base of how the human body works, from a psychological, anatomical, physiological, motor control and biomechanical perspective, with a specific focus on the role of exercise in health, well-being and performance.

The Bachelor of Business Administration prepares students for a career in business management. Through a broad range of business subjects students develop understanding of business management and how organisations work. Students gain knowledge in all areas of business management including: accounting, commercial law, finance, marketing, human resource management and business information systems. Students will learn how to grow a business through an understanding of markets and application of business marketing. This double degree will broaden graduates’ career options as they combine skills and knowledge in exercise science with a comprehensive business background.

Professional experience

Students are required to complete 140 hours of volunteer experience within a community-based organisation during the third and fourth year of the course. Partner organisations are selected in view of how they engage communities within organised, professional frameworks. This volunteer experience can be undertaken either as a block or distributed over the course of the final two years, dependent on negotiation with the host organisation.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for membership with The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • recreation or sporting clubs
  • physical activity planning for young people or the elderly
  • family and community services
  • the health and fitness industry
  • government agencies
  • state sporting associations
  • rehabilitation clinics
  • personal training

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

Students in Sydney will normally be located at the Strathfield Campus, however, some units are undertaken at the North Sydney Campus. Students will not be required to travel between campuses on the same day.

  • Specified Business Administration UnitsBUSN112Managing Markets

    (Inc: MKTG100, BUSD112)

    10 cp
  • Specified Exercise And Sports Science UnitsEXSC187Growth, Motor Development and Ageing

    MULTI-MODE (Inc: EXSC187, EXSZ187)

    10 cp
  • Specified Exercise And Sports Science UnitsEXSC199Psychology of Sport

    MULTI-MODE (Inc: EXSD199)

    10 cp
  • Specified Exercise And Sports Science UnitsANAT100Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science

    MULTI-MODE (Inc: ANAD100, ANAZ100)

    10 cp
  • Specified Business Administration UnitsBUSN113Managing People and Organisations

    (Inc: MGMT100, BUSD113)

    10 cp
  • Specified Business Administration UnitsBUSN104Money Matters

    (Inc: ACCT100, BUSD104)

    10 cp
  • Specified Exercise And Sports Science UnitsBIOL125Human Biology 1

    (Inc: BIOL121, BIOL122, BIOL124, BIOL204)

    10 cp
  • Specified Business Administration UnitsITEC100Information Technology in Action

    (Inc: BUSN111, ITED100, BUSD111)

    10 cp

    All units are delivered in on campus mode unless otherwise indicated in the map.

    Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

    Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit.

    AQF framework

    Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

    Additional course information

    Examples of the types of work settings the course prepares graduates for:

    • national and International health agencies
    • state and federal government health departments
    • non-government aid and advocacy organisations (local, national, international)
    • health and fitness industry
    • sporting organisations

    Such work can involve a diverse range of programs including: physical activity promotion, recreation, sporting clubs, youth work, physical activity planning for young people or the elderly, corporate health and fitness, government agencies, state sporting associations, rehabilitation clinics, and personal training. Potential employers are varied and could include: local government, community health centres, state sporting associations, non-government organisations (Cancer Council, Asthma Foundation).

    Entry requirements

    View transparency admission information

    International applicants

    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).

    English language requirements

    Applicants 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 (see English Language Proficiency).

    Adjustment factors

    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.

    Learn more about adjustment factors

    Inherent requirement

    There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

    Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


    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. 

    Find out more about English language programs 

    Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

    Find out more about Diploma pathways 

    Further study

    The Bachelor of Physical Activity and Health Science (Honours) and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) programs  are available as an additional year to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who wish to undertake an independent research project.


    Course costs

    • Unit fee: $3519
    • Average first year fee: $28152
    • Estimate total cost: $112608

    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.

    Payment options

    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.

    Explore your options 


    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.  

    Search our scholarships

    How to apply

    International applicants


    Apply through QTAC

    QTAC code 115921

    Direct application

    Apply now


    Yes. See Defer your offer.

    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.

    Staff Profile

    Dr Daniel Chalkley

    Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

    Dr Daniel Chalkley is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science and the course coordinator at our Brisbane campus. His previous work was as a sport scientist at the Australian Institute of Sport and the Queensland Academy of Sport, where he specialised in skill acquisition to enhance the performance and training environment of elite athletes.

    Dr. Chalkley's academic interests and expertise encompass measurement and enhancement of decision-making skills, with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms behind expert decisions. He is also knowledgeable and passionate about utilising emerging technologies such as sensors, eye tracking, virtual reality, and data analysis.

    Dr Alexander Campbell

    Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School, Faculty of Law and Business

    Dr Alexander Campbell is an alumnus of Griffith University and the University of Queensland. He is a seasoned marketing and communication professional who has two decades of experience with strong business acumen. He has substantial experience in business management, holding senior positions within organisations that include responsibilities and accountabilities across departments for sales, marketing, finance, production and commercial. Dr Campbell is a marketing lecturer, and early career researcher at ACU, and currently serves as a Director of Product Marketing for a SaaS company.

    Dr Campbell has run tactical marketing and demand generation efforts over EMEA, APAC, NAM and UAE markets for an ASX listed company specialising in cloud-based SaaS solutions. He was also part of the team that was influential in achieving Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow, the Deloitte’s Fast 50 and Fast 500 awards for an ASX listed company in the sports, leisure, and hospitality sector. He has had experience in managing teams, successfully balancing both KPI expectations and the emotional stability of his people who worked under him. He has held both regional and state management positions, running production teams and advising on sales strategy in B2C & B2B environments.


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