The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • First intake in 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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


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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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40257
CRICOS code: 102636D

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 elective pathways 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 at22 Sep 2020 3:20 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

This program is new for 2020, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeAt least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
Recommended studiesPersonal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
Term typeSemesters
    Managing faculty
    1. Faculty of Science
    Contributing schools
    1. School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
    2. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
    3. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
    Relevant University rules and policies
    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.

    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

    Program requirements

    The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science requires the successful completion of exactly 240 units. Students must complete:

    • 200 units of Core Courses
    • 40 units of Electives (a maximum of 20 units can be at 1000 level)

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    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

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    EXSS1040Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS1050Fundamentals of Exercise and Sport Science PracticeNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS1060Fundamentals of Exercise Prescription and DeliveryNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS1070Physical Activity and Exercise Across the LifespanNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS1080Psychological, Nutritional and Injury Foundations for Exercise and Sport ScienceNot currently offered10 units
    HUBS1108Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    HUBS1401Human Bioscience
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS2010Exercise Physiology
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS2030Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS2060Motor Control
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS2090Performance and Data Analysis for Exercise and Sport ScienceNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS2100Exercise Prescription and DeliveryNot currently offered10 units
    EXSS3030Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport
    • Summer 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
    10 units
    EXSS3040Practicum in Exercise and Sports Science
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS3050Advanced Exercise Physiology
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS3060Advanced Biomechanics
    • Semester 2 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS3070Skill Acquisition and Development for Exercise and Sport Science
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
    10 units
    EXSS3080Behavioural Change for Physical Activity and Health
    • Semester 1 - 2020 (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

    Additional information

    All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

    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 Faculty 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.