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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

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This program will produce graduates ready to practice in the field after three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time).The degree program has been designed to provide sound theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills for exercise testing and prescription for the purpose of improving sport performance and for general health. Students will be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry. Through our professional placement program students can apply for placements with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals. The placements provide students with valuable practical experience, an insight into career prospects, and opportunities to start building networks in the industry.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


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Additional Selection Criteria:
  • By the end of first year all students need to have completed First Aid & CPR qualifications.

    By the end of first year students need to have completed police record checks, working with children checks, and immunisation requirements that are necessary to complete their placements in the Program.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Most exercise and sport science courses in the program include laboratory classes during which students will learn the practical skills needed in the profession. To safely and competently participate in these classes students will be required to have completed their First Aid & CPR qualifications by the end of their first year. Completion of the First Aid & CPR qualifications is a milestone for enrolment in EXSS2010.

Students will also be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry through the second and third year placement courses (EXSS2070 and EXSS3040). To be able to go on placement, students will need to have completed police records checks, working with children checks and immunisation requirements. Students are encouraged to complete these requirements throughout their first year of study as the immunisation process may take up to 6 months. Meeting these requirements is a milestone for enrolment in EXSS2070.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Graduates of the Exercise and Sport Science program will be eligible to apply for membership of the professional organisation, the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), as an Exercise Scientist.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All international students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Students who have impaired function in their hands, arms, legs, back, vision or hearing, will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such disabilities to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue. ESSA may not offer accreditation to a disabled student who cannot demonstrate practical competency in performing exercise tests safely.

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made.

Please note: It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


Additional Information (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

The program is undertaken over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units. Each course is equivalent to 10 units. The program consists of:

  • 230 units of core courses; and
  • 10 units of electives (chosen from all available courses offered by the University).

In addition:

  • No more than 100 units can be taken at 1000 level, overall.

To be able to safely and competently participate in laboratory exercises students are required to successfully complete both EXSS2010 and EXSS2050 before enrolling in EXSS3010 or EXSS3050. EXSS2010 and EXSS2050 can be taken concurrently.

This program contains two placement courses. The first placement course EXSS2070 contains essential material on professional conduct. Students will not be able to enrol in the second placement course (EXSS3040) without successful completion of EXSS2070.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

A revision of the program was undertaken in 2013, and changes to the program were implemented for 2014. Continuing students who commenced the program prior to 2014, and who are studying a full time study load and intend to complete the program in 2015 or prior, will remain in the pre-2014 program structure. Continuing students who commenced the program in 2013, and who are studying a part time study load and intend to complete the program in 2016 or later, may be eligible to transition to the revised 2014 structure and are encouraged to seek independent enrolment and transition advice from the Program Officer.

Students who commenced prior to 2010 will have received individual transition and enrolment advice. These students should contact the Program Officer or Program Convenor if any clarification on individual transition arrangements is required.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EXSS1010Foundations of Exercise & Sport ScienceSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS1040Functional Anatomy for Exercise ScienceSemester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
HUBS1108Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry

Not to count with HUBS1105

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
HUBS1403Biomedical Science Part 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1404Biomedical Science Part 2Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
PHYS1150Everyday PhysicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
PSYC1030General PsychologySemester 2 - 2014 (DIST_CAL)10 units
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health PromotionSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
STAT1070Statistics for the SciencesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS2010Exercise PhysiologySemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS2020BiomechanicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS2030Foundations of Exercise & Sport PsychologySemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS2050Exercise Testing & Prescription

Not to count with SPOR3020

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS2060Motor ControlSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS2070Professional Skills for Exercise ScientistsSemester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS2080Growth, Development and Ageing

Not to count with SPOR1020

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EXSS3010Clinical Exercise Testing & PrescriptionSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS3030Nutrition for Health, Fitness and SportNot currently offered10 units
EXSS3040Professional Placement in Exercise and Sports ScienceSemester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS3050Advanced Exercise Physiology

Not to count with SPOR2040

Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS3060Advanced BiomechanicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
EXSS3070Motor Learning & Skill Acquisition

Not to count with SPOR2060

Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
FSHN3100Research MethodsSemester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)10 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.10 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)