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Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1-3 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

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About this course

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science through the University of New England (UNE) uses a multidisciplinary approach to help students develop an understanding of all aspects of sport science, exercise and health.

Core units of study include the structure, function and behaviour of the body followed by advanced study into acute and chronic psychological and psychological responses to exercise.

In the area of movement analysis, students will develop analytical, technical and professional skills as well as the ability to assess health and fitness and exercise training. Students will also be equipped with the skills to design and implement exercise intervention programs for disease prevention and to improve athletic performance.

UNE is currently seeking accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) for this course.

Honours program

This course allows you to undertake an optional Honours year for students who would like to extend the depth and breadth of their undergraduate studies. Completing Honours studies helps improve your problem-solving and research skills, and demonstrates a more wide-ranging understanding of your chosen discipline to prospective employers.

High-achieving students with a GPA that meets the eligibility criteria for this course may be able to complete an additional one-year degree program, and graduate with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 140 hours of placement, in consultation with the School.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or partially completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission

English and mathematics knowledge is assumed. Studies in biology, chemistry, physics and/or health and physical education are recommended.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this health science course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Introduction to human anatomy
  • Functional musculoskeletal anatomy
  • History and practice of sports
  • Orientation to exercise and sports science
  • Introductory biomechanics
  • Introductory exercise physiology
  • Physical activity and health
  • Motor skill acquisition and performance
  • Testing and training for physical fitness
  • Advanced biomechanics
  • Practicum in exercise and sport
  • Motor control and human development
  • Advanced exercise physiology
  • Clinical exercise testing I
  • Exercise prescription and programming
  • Issues in human nutrition
  • Introductory human physiology 1
  • Introductory human physiology 2
  • Introductory psychology I
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Introduction to statistical modelling

Plus three of the following units:

  • Introduction to management accounting
  • Australian sports development: international comparisons
  • Exercise, patho-physiology, ageing and disease
  • Neuromuscular disease and injury
  • Clinical exercise testing II
  • Professional communication practice
  • Health promotion in practice
  • The dynamics of health and health care systems
  • Law, ethics, advocacy and health care
  • Sports law
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Introduction to marketing
  • Professional ethics in contemporary society
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from the University of New England.

Graduates may be employed in many fields including health and activity promotion, sports science, as health and fitness trainers and educators and in clinical measurements, or pursue postgraduate research in a related discipline.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in fitness could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Nutritionist
  • Health Promotion Practitioner
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Exercise Scientist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Coach

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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