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
QTAC code
58.50 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$11710 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


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 campus attendance 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.

    Graduate statement


    As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


    As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


    As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


    As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

    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

    An applicant must 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.


    New South Wales

    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 2024 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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    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 TAFE and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners or with ACU College, 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 (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 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

    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

    Average first year fee*

    $11710 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 QTAC

    QTAC code 115921

    Direct application

    Apply now

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

    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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