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3 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2019: AUD$ 28,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 30,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career goals through focused streams such as Health and Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Nutrition.
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete practical workplace experience.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology laboratories, and a health and fitness centre.
  • Study a degree that is informed by our well above world-class research2.
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.
  • Follow on from this degree with postgraduate study in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and secondary teaching.
  • Combine your interests in human movement with nutrition and food sciences or psychological science by studying a double degree.
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary) – it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.

1QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full Time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
22015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).


Human Movement alumni instructing a yoga class

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

Exercise and physical activity positively affect human life in a variety of ways - biologically, psychologically and socially. In this industry-relevant degree you will develop a holistic understanding of these impacts.

You can align your studies with your career aspirations. This degree offers a major stream in health and physical education, or a secondary study streams in rehabilitation sciences (pre-physiotherapy/occupational therapy/clinical exercise physiology), advanced exercise and sport science, sports coaching, outdoor education, and health promotion and nutrition. 

If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary) - it's a pathway straight into postgraduate study. If you would like to apply directly into this package option, please apply via SATAC using 414401.

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

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

During your first year of study, you will develop a strong foundation in:

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

Second year studies will focus on:

  • motor learning
  • nutrition
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics
  • specialist knowledge through electives

During your final year you will focus largely on your chosen stream. You will also learn practical skills and effective communication skills to facilitate interaction with a range of clients and peers, complete client screening, conduct laboratory and field testing, design and implement exercise and training programs, and interpret scientific research.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
Stream/Optional Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
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
Stream/Optional Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Stream/Optional Elective 3 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 4 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 5 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Stream/Optional Elective 6 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 7 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 8 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 9 4.5 Note(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Stream/Optional Elective 10 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 11 4.5 Note(s): 2
Stream/Optional Elective 12 4.5 Note(s): 2

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.



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
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • 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

Why Bachelor of Human Movement

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World-class teaching staff and state-of-the-art learning facilities mean this degree is a great choice for students interested in exercise and physical activity. Our on-campus facilities, such as our specialised exercise science laboratories, are a great way to develop practical skills and explore and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.

In your first year you will complete a placement, meaning you will be exposed to industry from the very beginning. You will also have the opportunity to undertake other placements through electives in a wide range of different fields.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of elite and local sporting organisations, such as the Port Adelaide Football club, Adelaide United and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities. You will also complete a placement as part of your study, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

In addition, we host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

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. Careers to consider:

  • Physical training coordinator: advise clients on exercise, health, wellbeing and nutrition; develop and implement individual training plans
  • Community and allied health worker: support and assist the work of allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dieticians
  • Sports coach: provide expert training advice to sporting professionals, and analyse their performances to provide further feedback and development strategies
  • Sport development officer: responsible for coordinating club and athlete participation in sports programs, as well as improving the performance of individuals and teams
  • Nutrition advisor: create nutrition plans, advise on dietary habits and monitor a client’s progress
  • Outdoor education and recreation instructor: plan and coordinate outdoor group activities

If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply directly in the Bachelor of Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary) - it's a pathway straight into postgraduate study. For more information including subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our secondary health and physical education teaching page.

Become even more employable by combining your Bachelor of Human Movement degree with another degree. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with a double degree. Your options include Nutrition and Food Sciences or Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills).

Other postgraduate coursework areas include 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. For more information on where this program can take you, visit our Active Careers page.

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

Industry facts


Employment as a welfare, recreation and community arts worker in Australia is projected to increase by 4,000 (or 15.9 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


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


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

How to apply

To apply:

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

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As a human movement student you will have access to:

Your program director

As Program Director since 2013 I head a group of outstanding teachers and researchers that educate highly capable graduates who are engaged with industry and community, and can contribute to a healthier and more socially just 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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Portrait image for Mr Scott Polley

Mr Scott Polley

Program Director


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What others are saying

The Human Movement degree is a perfect spring board to kick-start any career in the ever-expanding health industry. I studied the linked pathway into the Master of Teaching and love working with young adolescents and seeing them active.

Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement
Employment: Sport Coordinator, Cabra Dominican College

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Kara Smallman

Bachelor of Human Movement
<br />Employment: Sport Coordinator, Cabra Dominican College