Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
480575 - Central Coast (Ourimbah)
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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. An optional Exercise Science Sequence will allow students to apply for membership of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA, formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science) as an Exercise Scientist. The Exercise Science Sequence does not guarantee membership of ESSA, but provides the best selection of courses for individual application. Students will be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry. Through our unique 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.
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.
As a graduate of the Exercise and Sport Science program 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 the public and private sectors. The sports industry offers opportunities for graduates to work as sport scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, development officers and consultants. The health industry employs graduates in health education/promotion, as cardiac/respiratory technicians and as exercise scientists.
Graduates can seek further specialisation in their area of interest. One year of further study in Exercise Physiology and/or exercise rehabilitation will enable students to apply for Exercise Physiology accreditation and Medicare provider number. A fourth year in the Honours program provides entry into research Master or Doctoral studies and a further career in research.
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
At least two HSC level courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and/or Mathematics. Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education (PDHPE) is also desirable.
By the end of first year all students need to have completed First Aid & CPR qualifications.
By the end of first year students in the Exercise Science Sequence need to have completed police record checks, working with children checks, and immunisation requirements that are necessary to complete their placements in the Program.
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.
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.
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 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.
Graduates of the Exercise and Sport Science program who have completed the recommended Exercise Science Sequence will be eligible to apply for membership of the professional organisation, the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, formally known as formerly known as Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science), as an Exercise Scientist. The Exercise Science Sequence does not guarantee membership of ESSA, but provides the best selection of courses for individual application.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 150 units of core courses; and
- 50 units of directed courses (chosen from a list of approved courses); and
- 40 units of electives (chosen from all available courses offered by the University).
- No more than 100 units can be taken at 1000 level
- at least 60 units of core and directed courses must be taken at 3000 level.
Within the program, the Exercise Science Sequence provides a sequence of courses, which is most likely to achieve membership of the ESSA as an Exercise Scientist. This sequence includes specific courses from the list of directed courses, and additional electives. This sequence includes two professional placement courses (EXSS2070 and EXSS3040), which require students to complete a total of 140 hours of supervised practice in the sport and/or health industry. Students must complete the following electives in addition to the core courses to complete the Exercise Science Sequence and thus facilitate membership of the ESSA: PSYC1020, STAT1070, EXSS2070, PSYC2400, EXSS3040, and FSHN3100. The ESSA guidelines state that an introductory course in Psychology is required. Students who have completed PSYC1030 in 2009 or earlier will be permitted to count PSYC1030 in place of PSYC1020 as part of the requirements of the Exercise Science Sequence. For these students, PSYC1030 will still count as the recommended introductory Psychology course for ESSA membership. Students who have not completed PSYC1030 in 2009 or earlier will be required to complete PSYC1020 as part of the Exercise Science Sequence and also as assumed knowledge for PSYC2400. It is planned that the program will apply for accreditation with ESSA so that graduates who followed the Exercise Science Sequence will be automatically accepted as Exercise Scientists upon application for ESSA membership. Students will be informed when this takes place.
To be able to safely 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.
A revision of the program was undertaken in 2012, and changes to the program were implemented for 2013. Changes include the recoding of SPOR courses to EXSS courses, and the introduction of two new directed courses, EXSS2040 Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science and EXSS2060 Motor Control. Students who commenced the program in 2013 and prior are strongly encouraged to take EXSS2040 Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science and EXSS2060 Motor Control as electives or directed courses in their program.
Students who commenced the program prior to 2010 are advised to contact the Program Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.
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