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Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBXS

SATAC Code
414461 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): AdvDIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Complete placements across a range of industry settings, including schools and sporting clubs, and benefit from elite sporting partnerships.  
  • Be taught by world-class research staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities designed for exercise testing and performance analysis, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, high performance laboratory and a health and fitness centre.
  • Learn from researchers who are recognised as performing well above world standard2.
  • You will be eligible to apply for membership as an accredited exercise scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)3.
  • Choose to study a double degree and combine your interests with Nutrition and Food Sciences, or Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills).
  • Follow on from this degree with postgraduate study in areas such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy.


1
QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
3 Pending ESSA accreditation approval

 

Snapshot

Snapshot

Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

Develop an understanding of the impact that exercise and physical activity has on the biological, psychological and social parameters of human life when you study this industry-focused specialisation in exercise and sport science.

You will learn how to design and deliver exercise programs to improve clients’ health and wellbeing, and undertake client screening, conduct laboratory and field testing, and appraise and interpret scientific research. 

You will also learn from world-class industry experts, in a state-of-the-art environment that provides opportunities for practical learning.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Why Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Why this Degree

World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities mean this degree is a great choice for students interested in the science behind exercise and sport.

In the first year you will complete a placement, meaning you will be exposed to industry from the very beginning.

You will also benefit from our on-campus facilities, which are extensive and are a great way to develop practical skills and explore and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, including the Port Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide United and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities.

You will also complete various placements, including one at a kindergym, as well as 140 hours of exercise prescription delivery across a variety of settings, further enhancing industry networks and relationships. In addition, we also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in this field.

With the health, wellbeing and nutrition industries continuing to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this degree are promising.

You may find yourself working in a range of positions in the sport, fitness, rehabilitation, health, education or recreation industries. Careers to consider include:

  • exercise scientist: use a combination of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis to help assess and ultimately increase an individual’s fitness, sporting performance and general health
  • physical training specialist: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition; develop and implement individual training plans
  • strength and conditioning coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition

You may also find yourself working in other industries where high levels of education, leadership, communication and organisation are valued. You could take your career to the next level with postgraduate coursework in areas such as physiotherapy or occupational therapy. You can complete a graduate certificate in six months, a graduate diploma in one year, and a masters in one to two years.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

Industry facts

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This industry-focused degree will develop your ability to design and deliver exercise programs to improve clients’ health and wellbeing.

During your first year you will develop a solid understanding of:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • sociology of health and physical activity
  • growth and motor development
  • group and team psychology

In your second year you will focus on:

  • motor learning
  • nutrition
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics

In your final year of study you will focus on professional studies and the application of exercise science.

In addition, you will learn practical skills and effective communication skills, how to conduct laboratory and field testing, design and implement exercise and training programs, and interpret scientific research.

Practical experience is a key focus and you will be able to directly apply this learning through industry placements and engagement.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • presentations
  • research proposals
  • assignments
  • examinations
  • self-evaluations
  • quizzes

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Foundations in Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science HLTH 1039 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Group and Team Psychology HLTH 1017 4.5
Lifespan Growth and Motor Development HLTH 1043 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Exercise Delivery HLTH 2027 4.5
Semester 2 (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5
Exercise Prescription HLTH 3011 4.5
THIRD YEAR
Semester 1 (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Practice in Exercise Science HLTH 3054 4.5
Applied Exercise and Sport Science HLTH 3053 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4

As Program Director of this new degree I head a staff of outstanding teachers and researchers, including leading exercise scientists and high performance coaches that educate highly capable graduates who are engaged with industry and can contribute to a healthier society.

As well as a passion for outdoor education and research, I love seeing students develop new capabilities and graduating with a passion to make a difference in their world.

Mr Scott Polley

Program Director

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Mr Scott Polley

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As an exercise and sport science student you will have access to:

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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