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LocationCentral Coast
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 7.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 102636D
Program Code40257
Selection Rank
82.30 (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers this year. It may change next year.
Entry requirements

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.

Program handbook


This program will produce graduates ready to practice in the broad discipline of exercise and sport science 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 assessment, prescription and delivery for the purpose of improving sport performance as well as for general health and fitness. Students will also be able to complete electives in a range of complimentary study areas (e.g. health professions, business, education). Students will be provided with opportunities to gain valuable practical experience in the sport and health industry with a range of fitness facilities, sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals. Such experience will provide students an insight into career prospects and opportunities to start building industry networks.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • An integrated understanding of the sub-disciplines of exercise science.
  • Consider the legal and ethical implications of professional Exercise and Sport Science practice in accordance with the charter and Code of Conduct of the ESSA and NHMRC guidelines.
  • Application of the knowledge and skill sets of exercise science, including the design and delivery of exercise programs and assessments to meet the specific needs of apparently healthy clients.
  • Delivery of exercise programs for clients with pathology or injury that have been prescribed by an appropriately qualified health professional.
  • Practice that is within the scope of exercise science training, and recognition of the need to refer a client to other related professionals.
  • The ability to apply logic and statistical principles when quantitatively measuring the component demands of a sport or discipline in a field of exercise and sport science, including the ability to select, calibrate and operate appropriate instruments.
  • The ability to effectively collect, analyse, critically review and organise information, and interpret quantitative measures of exercise and sport performance and understand their application.
  • Conduct that is sensitive to client diversity and equity, and is consistent with the ESSA Code of Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice.
  • Evidence-based practice, including the ability to compile, critically evaluate, and communicate the scientific rationale for their professional decision making and service delivery.
  • Commitment to self-development in the field of exercise science through educational engagement and ongoing learning, self-evaluation of practice, inter-professional working relationships and the support of new graduates, and advocacy for exercise science.


Information correct as at29 Nov 2021 3:37 am
Program code40257
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

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Assumed knowledgeAt least two of: HSC Biology or equivalent, HSC Chemistry or equivalent, HSC Mathematics Advanced or equivalent, HSC Physics or equivalent
Recommended studiesHSC Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) or equivalent
Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD34,915 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
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CRICOS Code102636D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible. 

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.

Credit transfer

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 the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Compulsory program requirements

Most exercise and sport science courses include laboratory classes during which students will learn the practical skills needed in the profession. Students must attend 80% of all laboratories activities to successfully pass each course. 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 exercise and sport science industry through the second and third year placement courses (EXSS2100 and EXSS3040). Students must complete 140 hours of suitably supervised practical work as defined by Exercise and Sport Science Australia to graduate from the program.

Post-admission requirements

  • First Aid Certificate

    To be obtained by the end of first year.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 240 units, comprised of the following:

  • 200 units of Core Courses
  • 40 units of Electives

Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the program. Electives include any unrestricted courses offered within the university. In addition the program must include:

  • No more than 100 units at 1000 level.
  • At least 40 units at 2000 level.
  • At least 60 units at 3000 level.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EXSS1040Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS1050Fundamentals of Exercise and Sport Science Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS1060Fundamentals of Exercise Prescription and Delivery
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS1070Physical Activity and Exercise Across the Lifespan
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS1080Psychological, Nutritional and Injury Foundations for Exercise and Sport Science
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1108Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1401Human Bioscience
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Summer 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS2010Exercise Physiology
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS2030Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS2060Motor Control
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS2090Performance and Data Analysis for Exercise and Sport Science
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS2100Exercise Prescription and Delivery
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS3030Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport
  • Summer 2 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
EXSS3040Practicum in Exercise and Sports Science
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS3050Applied Exercise Physiology and Training
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS3060Advanced Biomechanics
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS3070Skill Acquisition and Development for Exercise and Sport Science
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
EXSS3080Behavioural Change for Physical Activity and Health
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units


Complete 40 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

40 units

Suggested electives

Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.

A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.

ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies10 units
ABOR1370Working with Aboriginal Communities10 units
ABOR1420Communicating with Aboriginal People Across Genres10 units
BIOL2010Biochemistry10 units
COMP1010Computing Fundamentals10 units
DESN1101Typography10 units
ENVS1001Environmental Science Concepts and Methods10 units
ENVS1003Environmental Values and Ethics10 units
ENVS1004Social Development and the Environment10 units
FSHN1030Introduction to the Nutritional, Physical and Psychological Aspects of Wellness10 units
GEOS1040Earth: The Dynamic Planet10 units
HUBS2203Introductory Pharmacology10 units
HUBS2505Human Pathophysiology10 units
INFO1010Introduction to Information Systems10 units
INFT10000 units
INFT1004Introduction to Programming10 units
LEIS1000Leisure Behaviour and Organisation10 units
MARI1000Our Oceans10 units
MATH1510Discrete Mathematics10 units
MKTG1001Foundations of Marketing10 units
MNGT1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation10 units
MNGT2004Managing Innovation10 units
MNGT3007Social Entrepreneurship10 units
MNGT3008Advanced Innovation Management10 units
PHYS2100Introduction to Astronomy10 units
PSYC1010Psychology Introduction 110 units
PSYC1800Sex, Drugs and Serial Killers10 units
PSYC2800Special Topics in Psychology10 units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking10 units
SCIE1002Multidisciplinary Laboratories10 units
SCIE2001Professional Employment Skills10 units
SCIE2019Astrobiology: Life Beyond our Planet10 units
SCIE2222Science of Surfing Performance10 units
SCIE2223Weather and Waves10 units
SCIE3600International Study Experience10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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.

International students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. 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. More information is available online.

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