3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
- Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
AUD34,565 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
- IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
- IELTS section minimum - 7.0
3 years full-time.
Face to Face
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.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy, physiology and nutrition.
- Well-founded knowledge of Exercise and Sport Science in general and in particular, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and sport psychology and motor control and learning.
- The ability to design, implement and evaluate exercise intervention strategies in order to enhance physical performance and/or health.
- 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, with best practice based on scientific evidence.
- The ability to define and analyse problems, evaluate opinions, think critically, make decisions, and disseminate scientific information to general and specialist audiences in both oral and/or written forms.
- The ability to work towards an objective, both independently and collaboratively, and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- 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.
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Level 7 Bachelor Degree
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|Assumed knowledge||At least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics|
|Recommended studies||Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)|
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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.
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.
Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.
Compulsory program 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 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 (EXSS2070 and EXSS3040). To be able to go on placement, students will need to have completed a working with children check. Meeting this requirement is a milestone for enrolment in EXSS2070.
First Aid Certificate
To be obtained by the end of first year.
Working With Children Check
To be obtained by the end of first year.
Exercise and Sports Science Australia
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.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
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
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).
- 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.
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.
- 2008-2009 Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science - Exercise Science sequence - Program Enrolment Checklist 185.3 KB For students who commenced in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in 2008 or 2009 and have transitioned into the 2010 Exercise Science sequence structure.
- 2010-2013 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science - Exercise Science sequence - Program Enrolment Checklist 201.1 KB For students who commenced in this program in 2010 to 2013 (inclusive) and are following the Exercise Science sequence.
- 2010-2013 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science - Non Exercise Science sequence - Program Enrolment Checklist 245.2 KB For students who commenced in this program in 2010 to 2013 (inclusive) and are not following the Exercise Science sequence.
- 2014 Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science - Program Enrolment Checklist 71.9 KB For students who commenced in this program in 2014.
- 2015-2019 Program Plan 54.5 KB
- 2020 Program Plan 54.1 KB
From 2020 commencing students are required to complete EXSS3080 Behavioural Change for Physical Activity and Health instead of EXSS3010 Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription. Students who commenced the program prior to 2020 and have not yet completed EXSS3010 will need to complete EXSS3080.
A revision of the program was undertaken in 2018, and changes to the program were implemented for 2019. Core course BIOL1040 was replaced by BIOL1001. 2019 commencing students, and pre-2019 students who have not succesfully completed BIOL1040 must complete BIOL1001.
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.
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|BIOL1001||Molecules, Cells and Organisms||10 units|
|EXSS1010||Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science||10 units|
|EXSS1040||Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science||10 units|
|FSHN1030||Introduction to the Nutritional, Physical and Psychological Aspects of Wellness||10 units|
|HUBS1108||Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry||10 units|
|HUBS1404||Biomedical Science Part 2||10 units|
|PHYS1150||Everyday Physics||10 units|
|PSYC1030||Psychology: A Concise Introduction||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|EXSS2010||Exercise Physiology||10 units|
|EXSS2030||Foundations of Exercise and Sport Psychology||10 units|
|EXSS2050||Exercise Testing and Prescription||10 units|
|EXSS2060||Motor Control||10 units|
|EXSS2070||Professional Skills for Exercise Scientists||10 units|
|EXSS2080||Growth, Development and Ageing||10 units|
|EXSS3030||Nutrition for Health, Fitness and Sport||10 units|
|EXSS3040||Professional Placement in Exercise and Sports Science||10 units|
|EXSS3050||Advanced Exercise Physiology||10 units|
|EXSS3060||Advanced Biomechanics||10 units|
|EXSS3070||Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition||10 units|
|EXSS3080||Behavioural Change for Physical Activity and Health||10 units|
|FSHN3100||Research Methods||10 units|
Complete 10 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.
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.
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.
For more information about the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) program, please follow the link below: https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-exercise-and-sport-science-honours
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
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.
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.
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.
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.