ATAR cut-off
73.00
81.00 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Location

Central Coast

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 11705
CRICOS code: 062429B

Study exercise and sport science at UON

The Western world is moving towards a new era of health problems related to lifestyle and inactivity, while at the same time elite sport enjoys a high profile in the community. As a result, there is an increasing need for qualified specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exercise and health. With a focus on performance in sport and health, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science will provide you with the skills to tackle these problems, ultimately contributing to a happier and healthier community.

When you study the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at UON, you will benefit from a comprehensive approach to the study encompassing all aspects of physical health for the entire population. Our staff are highly trained and committed to high quality teaching and research in this field.

Why study with us?

  • Strong industry ties with professional sporting teams including the Central Coast Mariners Football Club and the Newcastle Knights.
  • Professionally accredited degree with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
  • Integrated work experience – through the professional placement program students are provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals.
  • Purpose-built facilities. Students learn in high quality laboratories with the latest testing equipment, as well as have access to a fully-stocked gym to aid with training.

94% Employed ? within four months of graduation
ESSA ? accredited degree
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for human movement and sports science research

What you will study

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science addresses both sport and health aspects in its comprehensive approach to the study of exercise. The first year of the degree provides an introduction to exercise and sport science and builds a strong foundation with a focus on general and biological sciences. In the second and third year, you will specialise in exercise and sport science working through a series of specific courses including:

  • clinical exercise testing and prescription
  • exercise physiology
  • exercise testing and prescription
  • growth, development and ageing
  • motor control and learning
  • sport and exercise psychology
  • sports nutrition
  • biomechanics

When you study the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, you can also choose from a number of relevant elective courses that complement the exercise and sport science degree, such as:

  • health promotion
  • psychology
  • nutrition
  • pharmacology
  • statistics
  • management
  • physical education
  • marketing
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • sports management

Advanced study options

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. As part of this degree you will develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

Offered through the Faculty of Science, the Exercise and Sport Science Honours degree consists of one additional year of study and development of a research thesis.

Research within exercise and sport science is diverse and wide-ranging, encompassing areas such as exercise physiology and biomechanics. Our focus ranges from research on the general population through to elite athletes.

Examples of current research interests include:

  • sport technology applications
  • sports injury mechanics
  • speed and agility in sport
  • applied strength and conditioning
  • applied exercise physiology
  • mental fatigue and performance
  • clinical exercise science

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) is only offered at the Central Coast campus at Ourimbah.

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) Handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Exercise and Sport Science degree you will qualify for a wide range of careers. As more and more people realise the importance of exercise for our health, the career opportunities for exercise scientists are expanding. Examples include careers in a variety of roles in both public and private sector settings including:

  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • professional sporting teams
  • sporting organisations
  • gyms and fitness organisations
  • education and health promotion
  • academia.

The following list of job titles provides examples of jobs that may be available to graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.


Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science receive automatic industry accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science may also complete an Exercise Science Sequence to qualify as an Exercise Scientist for Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). This sequence has been closely aligned with ESSA's requirements and provides the best selection of courses for ESSA membership.

Practical experience

Practical experience

As a student in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, you will be able to utilise our state-of-the-art facilities throughout your degree. The exercise science building at the Ourimbah campus features high quality laboratories, the latest equipment and a fully stocked gym to aid with your on-campus training.

You will also be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry. Through our professional placement program you can apply for placements with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals. The placements provide you with an insight into your career prospects and allow you to start building networks in the industry. Academics teaching the degree have strong ties with these industries, including the Central Coast Mariners football club and Newcastle Knights.

These practical skills, along with theory, will teach you proper procedures for exercise testing and prescription to improve sport performance and general health.

Additionally, Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students are eligible to enrol in International study which offers you the opportunity to undertake an overseas placement to expand your knowledge and skills and apply them in an external and international context.