Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
58.50 for Blacktown
Fees (first year)*

$12571 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


Through our nationally recognised degree you will learn how to improve the health, performance and participation of individuals, teams and athletes through exercise programming and delivery, athlete training, and health advice. We’re connected to a huge range of sporting organisations – from the Australian Institute of Sport to the AFL, NRL, A-League clubs, Tennis Australia and America’s NBA. With us you will get the best opportunities for industry placements and future employment in Australia and around the world.

Professional experience

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students must complete 40 hours of community engagement and 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum) as part of course accreditation requirements.

Work placement

You’ll have the opportunity to get real-world experience during the two units of compulsory professional experience you’ll complete throughout your degree. You’ll spend time in organisations integrating the theory you’ve learnt with practical skills, giving you a chance to reflect on possible career paths and meet the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) requirements for exercise science accreditation.

We’re connected to a huge range of sporting organisations including the Australian Institute of Sport; AFL, NRL and A-League clubs; Tennis Australia; and America’s NBA. With us you’ll get outstanding opportunities for industry placement and future employment in Australia and around the world.

Students have recently completed internships at AFL clubs, Tennis Australia and the National Ageing Research Institute. Students have completed tasks such as assisting in coaching athletes in gym sessions, prescribing exercises for athletes and monitoring their technique, managing and operating specific performance analysis equipment, testing, assessing and collecting data from elite athletes to create reports for athletes and coaches.

Visit the faculty’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) webpage to view opportunities in exercise and sport science.


This degree is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) at the exercise science level. Depending on elective units chosen, graduates may be eligible to apply for Level 1 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science offered at our Blacktown Campus is identical to the accredited program at our other campuses and accreditation is expected for Blacktown in 2023, once the first cohort is in its final year.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • AFL 
  • NRL 
  • Super Rugby 
  • A-league
  • professional sporting organisations
  • national sporting organisations 
  • national institutes of sport
  • state institutes or academies of sport
  • state sporting organisations
  • in the health, fitness and recreation industries, including community health settings, corporate health and wellness and injury prevention or as small business owners.  
  • academia

Industry partnerships

ACU works with a variety of industry partners:

  • Tennis Australia
  • Baseball Queensland
  • Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club
  • Paddle Australia, Canoe Slalom High-Performance Team
  • Brisbane Roar Football Club
  • Queensland Reds
  • Norths Devils
  • North Melbourne Football Club
  • Core Advantage

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

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

EXSC187 Growth, Motor Development and Ageing

EXSC199 Psychology of Sport

EXSC121 Exercise and Sport Science: Starting the Journey

ANAT100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science

Year 1 - Semester 2

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

EXSC122 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science

NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

Year 2 - Semester 1

EXSC224 Mechanical Bases of Exercise

EXSC222 Functional Anatomy

EXSC223 Sport, Exercise and Health in Action: Engaging with Community

EXSC225 Physiological Bases of Exercise

Year 2 - Semester 2

EXSC296 Health and Exercise Psychology

EXSC204 Exercise Prescription and Delivery

EXSC216 Resistance Training: Science and Application

EXSC230 Motor Control and Learning

Year 3 - Semester 1

EXSC398 Professional Experience

EXSC394 Exercise Prescription for Health and Wellbeing

EXSC321 Biomechanics

Year 3 - Semester 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

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.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information


Class sizes: Your class size will depend on the unit you are studying and if that unit is taught across different degrees. Most of the time units that are core to your degree will have smaller classes. The tutorial, lab and workshop class sizes are normally capped at 20 students. When content delivery needs to be monitored more closely, a teaching assistant will be present in the classroom.

Contact hours: Most units will require you to attend two to four hours of classes each week in the form of a lecture, tutorial, lab or workshop on campus. Some of these may be online and you will be required to watch, read, listen and interact with the materials provided as an alternative to attending face-to-face classes. Therefore, if you are a full-time student taking four units in a semester that will add up to four x units by four hours (maximum) = approximately 16 hours required on campus or engaging in content. Per semester each unit requires approximately 150 hours of work which includes scheduled classes and/or online engagement with learning activities, self-study and preparation of assessment tasks.


Sample assessments

Exercise and sports science sample assessment examples:

Each unit has three assessments per semester.

Assessment 1 (30 per cent): Laboratory report

Assessment 2 (30 per cent): Practical assessment task

Assessment 3 (40 per cent): Exam

If the unit has a final exam it is counted as part of the three assessments. Assessments have different weighting percentages towards your overall mark. A single assessment cannot be worth more than 50 per cent of your assessment total. The format of assessments is different for every unit and will be explained by your lecturer in the unit outline and at the start of the semester.

Overseas study available

There are several international study opportunities within sport and exercise science.

Community engagement and Professional practice

Location: Timor Leste – Baucau and/or Vanuatu – Port Villa

Travel dates: mid June – end July (each trip is approximately three  weeks)

Grants/Funding: New Colombo Plan grants for travel to Timor Leste and Vanuatu are valued at $3,000 each.

High performance study tour

Location: USA

Travel dates: September – October

Rome Campus

Intensive unit delivery of Motor Control and Learning

Travel dates: June – July (during winter semester break)

Rome semester

Four units delivered through a condensed eight-week schedule to eligible second- and third-year students.

Travel dates: August – October (dates and times may vary each year).

Learn more about faculty-based Short-Term International Study Experiences (STISE) in sport and exercise science.

** These experiences are all subject to travel restrictions.  

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.


Recommended studies: English (Standard) Band 3; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.


Prerequisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C)

Recommended studies: one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 & 4, C)


Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

View transparency admission information

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process. 

Learn more about access schemes

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements.

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study. 

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process.

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

 If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

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 current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

ACU have a range of further study options and postgraduate opportunities in a variety of programs, read more about our postgraduate programs in sport and exercise science.

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sorts Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science graduates who are looking to pursue a career in teaching, may be interested in the postgraduate teaching opportunities available at ACU.

Read more about these opportunities


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$12571 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

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

Domestic applicants


Apply through UAC

UAC code 105529

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC, UAC or QTAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Shona Halson

Professor in the School of Behavioural and Health Science

Professor Halson has been a mainstay of Australia’s high-performance sport network. She was the Head Recovery Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport from 2002 to 2018 and has been a part of three Olympic campaigns with the national team. Professor Halson was named as one of Exercise and Sport Science Australia’s three Female Leaders in Exercise and Sports Science on International Women’s Day 2019. Her research focuses on recovery, fatigue and sleep and she has been a trusted advisor to countless elite coaches and athletes.



“I chose to study exercise and sports science because I aspire to help people become the healthiest and best version of themselves. I hope to spread the knowledge of exercise physiology on a worldwide scale, particularly to countries not as advantaged as Australia.”

Exercise and sports science graduate

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