Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Administration

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
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 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025


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

To complete the Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Administration, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

BUSN112 Managing Markets

EXSC187 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing

EXSC199 Psychology of Sport

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

Year 1 - Semester 2

BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BUSN104 Money Matters

ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science

ITEC100 Information Technology Professional Skills and Practices

Year 2 - Semester 1

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

EXSC224 Mechanical Bases of Exercise

EXSC222 Functional Anatomy

Year 2 - Semester 2

MKTG207 Marketing Toolkit

NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition

Exercise Science Elective

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

Year 3 - Semester 1

BAFN200 Principles of Finance

HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour

EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

Year 3 - Semester 2

ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery

EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application

Year 3 – Semester 2

EXSC205 Industry Experience Preparation

Year 4 - Semester 1

EXSC399 Industry Experience

ENTR301 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Exercise Science Elective

Year 4 - Semester 2

MGMT304 Strategic Management

BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict


BIPX301 Professional Experience

EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning

EXSC322 Exercise Physiology: Adaptation to Exercise and the Environment

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.

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

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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 (Schedule 3).

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.  

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How to apply

International applicants


Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 115921

Direct application

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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.


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