Diploma in Exercise Science
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 3 locations
The Diploma in Exercise Science is an important stepping-stone toward achieving your career and study goals, whether you have just finished Year 12 or finished years ago.
The diploma is a one year (full-time) course that mirrors the learning found in the first year of the Bachelor of Exercise Science with the addition of a transition unit to help build study skills and equip you with industry relevant knowledge.
Students who undertake a Diploma in Exercise Science will be able to gain credit for up to the first year of study and articulate into the second year of a range of exercise science degrees, or a number of other related bachelor degrees at ACU. The Diploma in Exercise Science is also a standalone qualification.
Our Diploma in Exercise Science provides domestic students with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP-funded), and will help you achieve your goals.
We are here to support you from start to finish. We ensure smaller class sizes, offer tailored support as you transition to university study, and provide a range of student services to help you succeed. This approach is aimed at allowing a wider range of students to have a positive and successful transition to university study as well as facilitating our students to create a more immediate and broad impact in the fields of exercise and sport.
To complete the Diploma in Exercise Science, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
EXSD187 Growth, Motor Development & Ageing
EXSD121 Exercise and Sport Science: Starting the Journey
ANAD100 Anatomical Foundations of Exercise Science
DPHS100 Academic Literacy in Health Sciences
NUTD101 Introduction to Nutrition
EXSD199 Psychology of Sport
BIOD125 Human Biology 1
EXSD122 Research and Ethics in Exercise Science
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.
An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (for sub-bachelor entry programs, see Schedule 1: Eligibility ranks).
Domestic applicants are required to have completed the Australian Year 12 certificate or equivalent. In addition, to be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have also completed:
- Equivalent of year 12 level with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Diploma programs; OR
- Entry via an alternative pathway as approved by ACU.
International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in Schedule Three (Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate courses) of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
This states the requirements as:
Overall score: 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills
Internet based total of 60:
minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listening
ACU English Language Test
Overall CAE: 169
Individual score of at least 162 in all tests.
Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.
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.
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.
Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students
The Diploma in Exercise Science is an ideal option for students who may not immediately meet the entry requirements for our bachelor courses as well as those who are looking for a more supportive transition to university study. Students completing the Diploma in Exercise Science can use this qualification to upskill and differentiate themselves in the exercise science industry, and/or gain direct entry into a range of our bachelor courses in exercise and sport (with only 2 years left to complete).
The Diploma in Exercise Science will provide a pathway into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. It may also provide a pathway into a range of double degrees.
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.
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.