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4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414451 (Internal)

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Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 80.50 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 90.00 (for 2020)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Assumed Knowledge

Degree overview

  • Study South Australia’s only double degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Psychological Science.
  • Undertake SA's only fully accredited Exercise and Sport Science degree1, also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, meaning graduates may apply for Level 1 membership of the Australian Counselling Association.
  • Complete over 140 hours of industry placement across a range of settings including schools, fitness centres and sporting clubs, whilst benefiting from elite sporting partnerships.
  • Learn from experts and world-class researchers, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists.
  • Enjoy state-of-the-art on-campus facilities designed for exercise testing and performance analysis.
  • Ranked in the Top 10 in Australia for Psychology2 and World Top 100 for Exercise and Sport Science.3
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world class research in Exercise and Sport Science.4
  • Join SA’s number one university for psychology research5, number one in SA for teaching quality in psychology6, and number one in SA for graduate careers in psychology and social work.7

1Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
22019 THE Subject Rankings.
3Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
42019 QS Subject Rankings, Sport-Related Subjects.
5The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
62018 QILT Student Experience Survey (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
7QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time and Overall Employment Indicators (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


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This unique double degree is the only one of its kind in South Australia and will develop your expertise in exercise and sport science, psychology, counselling, and behavioural research methodology. With a strong practical and multi-disciplinary industry focus, you will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs.

The exercise and sport science component to design, deliver and assess exercise and physical activity programs to improve the health and wellbeing of clients, their performance, or to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis. The psychological science component provides a balance of courses in psychology theory and counselling, meaning you will enter the workforce with the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). Completion of this honours degree can lead to employment as a practicing psychologist (additional requirements must also be met).

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, a Working with Children Check 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

This unique double degree will provide you with expertise in the areas of exercise and sport science, and psychological science. You will graduate with a specialised set of skills to meet emerging market needs. You will gain expertise in human thought and behaviour, develop cognitive and creative skills to solve real-world scientific problems, and apply your knowledge in diverse contexts such as sports and mental health.  

The exercise and sport science component prepares you to provide counselling to athletes, rehabilitation services, and to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of the population. The psychological science component provides a balance of courses in psychology theory and counselling – for graduates this means you will enter the workforce with a strong understanding of psychology, as well as the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities.

During the first two years you will study exercise and sport science courses, which will give you a solid understanding of:

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • fundamental movement skills
  • skill acquisition
  • physical activity and health

The third and fourth years have a strong practical focus, where you will develop critical thinking and practice-based skills through learning about:

  • develop influencing skills and intervention strategies
  • gain knowledge of psychological disorders, including their causes and range of treatments
  • study the relationship between psychology and physical activity

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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Foundations in Human Movement, Exercise and Sports Science HLTH 1039 4.5
Physiology Essentials 100 BIOL 1051 4.5
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Group and Team Psychology HLTH 1017 4.5
Lifespan Growth and Motor Development HLTH 1043 4.5
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 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
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Exercise Delivery HLTH 2027 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
Exercise Prescription HLTH 3011 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Specialist Psychology Course 2 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Counselling Skills BEHL 2013 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5
Professional Practice in Exercise Science HLTH 3054 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Counselling Interventions BEHL 3018 4.5
Applied Exercise and Sport Science HLTH 3053 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 3
Psychological Assessment BEHL 4003 4.5 Note(s): 3
Psychophysiology of Sleep BEHL 3029 4.5
Health Psychology BEHL 3012 4.5
Conservation Psychology BEHL 3022 4.5
Language, Context and Social Behaviour BEHL 3023 4.5
Work and Organisational Psychology BEHL 3008 4.5

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:

  • quizzes
  • group assignments
  • research proposals
  • case studies
  • assignments and essays
  • examinations

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 Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)


This qualification enables you to graduate with two degrees with just one extra year of study, with a unique set of skills that are relevant, current and meet the needs of emerging market trends.

In the first year you will complete an exercise and sport placement, meaning you will be exposed to industry partners from a range of elite and local sporting organisations from the very beginning.

You will also benefit from our on-campus facilities including the High Performance Sport Centre, Exercise Physiology Clinics, Environmental Chamber and UniSA Sport gyms. Learning in these facilities are a great way to develop practical skills and experience the hands-on nature of this growing industry.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of community, local and elite sporting organisations, such as the Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide United and Basketball SA, to provide you with excellent networking opportunities.

You will also complete a minimum of 140 hours of exercise science industry placement across a variety of settings. This may include working with children at a kindergym, athletes at elite sporting clubs or returned service men and women as part of the Invictus Pathways Program, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

As the health, wellbeing and nutrition industries continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this double degree are promising. Careers to consider include:

  • athlete counsellor:  concerned with the wellbeing, mental functioning and physical performance of athletes (with further study)
  • Exercise Scientist: use a combination of biomechanics, physiology, and psychology to help assess and ultimately increase an individual’s fitness, sporting performance and general health
  • school counsellor: work across primary and secondary schools to facilitate and advocate student wellbeing (with further study)
  • strength and conditioning coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition
  • sport psychologist: working with athletes and coaches to increase athletic performance through psychology influences (with further study)

To become a professionally practicing or research psychologist you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree. You must finish your degree with at least a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) to be considered for or eligible to apply for honours. You will then need to complete a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical), and on completion register with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This degree is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an Accredited Exercise Scientist through ESSA.

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program, graduates will have met the prerequisites to apply for fourth year programs in Psychology.

Graduates are eligible to apply for level 1 membership of the Australian Counselling Association, provided that they have attended all practicals in the BEHL 2013 and BEHL 3018 courses during the degree.

Industry facts


Employment for sports and fitness workers in Australia is projected to increase by 18,800 (15.9 per cent) by May 2024.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


To May 2024, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 252,600 jobs.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.1

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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


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



This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

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 sports and fitness facilities, 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.

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 campuses.

Your study spaces

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You will have access to:

Your program director

I am excited to lead a team of highly-experienced teachers and researchers that are truly interested in developing students into competent graduates. With a degree that emphasises the application of classroom knowledge to practical, industry-relevant experiences, students will graduate with expertise in leading and encouraging healthy lifestyles.


Dr Alyson Crozier

Program Director

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Dr Alyson Crozier

Program Director


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