The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
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
  • First intake in 2021
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40257
CRICOS code: 102636D

Study exercise and sport science

People use exercise for a whole range of reasons, from staying fit and healthy, managing disease and health conditions as well as competing in recreational and elite sports. Exercise and Sport Science is an inspiring and rapidly evolving field that explores how best to prescribe and deliver exercise for health and performance benefits.

When you study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Newcastle, you will benefit from a comprehensive approach to learning about all aspects of physical health for the entire population. Our staff are highly trained and committed to high quality teaching, offering a comprehensive approach to the study of exercise and sport science.

Why study with us?

  • Strong industry ties with professional sporting teams including the Central Coast Mariners Football Club, Newcastle Jets Football Club, the Newcastle Knights Rugby League Club and Basketball Australia.
  • Eligibility for accreditation – graduates are eligible for accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
  • Work Integrated Learning opportunities – through our professional placement program, students are provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals.
  • State of the art facilities – students learn about health and sport science in high quality laboratories with the latest testing equipment and have access to a fully-stocked gym to aid with training.
  • 90% of our undergraduate Health Services and Support students find employment within four months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019).

NO. 38 ? in the World – Sport Science
90% employed ? within four months of graduation
ESSA ? accreditation eligibility
ERA 5 ? well above world standards for human movement and sports science research

What you will study

At the University of Newcastle, we offer a globally recognised Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program that encompasses all aspects of physical health delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face teaching. Students will be able to undertake pathway studies in alternative health areas (nutrition, anatomy, podiatry or psychology) as well education, business or media to prepare themselves for professional or further postgraduate study opportunities.

Some of the key study areas include:

  • exercise prescription and delivery
  • motor control and learning
  • exercise physiology
  • sports nutrition
  • biomechanics
  • physical activity and health
  • performance psychology
  • functional anatomy
  • professional practice

Advanced study options

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree in exercise and sport science 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 health of 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.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this degree 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.

Careers are available in a variety of public and private sector settings including:

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

Some typical roles include:

  • Exercise Scientist
  • Exercise Rehabilitation/Injury Management Advisor
  • Player Development Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Development Officer

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.

  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiac/Respiratory Physiologist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Rehabilitation/Injury Management Advisor
  • Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Physiologist
  • Player Development Manager
  • Recreation Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Information/Education Officer
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • University Lecturer/Academic

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.

  • Cardiac Technologist
  • Diabetes Educator
  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • Medical Technician
  • Science Teacher
  • Social Scientist
  • Sonographer
  • Sports Nutritionist

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

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 (140 hours). In addition to placements with clinics and hospitals, we also have strong ties with the Central Coast Mariners Football Club, the Newcastle Jets Football Club and the Newcastle Knights Rugby League Club to ensure interesting and dynamic placement opportunities.

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.