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Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
IBXP

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
094937F

Key features

  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology labs, biomechanics lab and a health and fitness centre.
  • No. 1 in SA for Psychology research1.
  • Learn from experts and world-class researchers including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and current high performance coaches.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This unique double degree will provide you with expertise in the areas of 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 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.

Practical learning is a focus, enhancing the work-readiness of graduates – the value of this study component has been recognised nationally in the form of an award from the Australian Federal Government Office of Teaching and Learning. 

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

All students in the Division of Health Sciences 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 obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). The National Police Clearance and Criminal History Record Check are valid for the duration of the degree.

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

Why this Degree

Practical learning is a focus of this degree and you will complete a work placement in your first year, ensuring you gain industry exposure from the very beginning.

You will also learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1. As a result of our extensive industry relationships, you will also have access to industry partners and alliances from a range of elite and local sporting organisations.

This double degree enables you to graduate with two qualifications in only one extra year of study, and you will graduate with a unique set of skills that are relevant, current and meet the needs of emerging market trends.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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, to provide you with excellent networking opportunities. You will also complete various placements, including one at a kindergym, as well as 140 hours of exercise delivery and prescription placement across a variety of settings, further enhancing industry networks and relationships.

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

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 counselling: concerned with the wellbeing, mental functioning and physical performance of athletes.
  • sports coach: provide expert training advice to sporting professionals, and analyse their performances to provide further feedback and development strategies
  • 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
  • school counsellor: work across primary and secondary schools to facilitate and advocate student wellbeing
  • researcher: carry out scientific and academic research

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 a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for honours.

You could also 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 master in one to two years.

Professional accreditation

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.

Industry facts

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,200) nationwide1.

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 1990s nationwide1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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. Learning in state-of-the-art laboratories on-campus, you’ll 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
  • exercise physiology
  • human movement
  • professional practice
  • health and physical activity
  • nutrition
  • group and team psychology 

In the final two years you will:

  • 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

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:

  • 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

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
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
SECOND YEAR
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
THIRD YEAR
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
FOURTH YEAR
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
SPECIALIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
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

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. Many industries need joint expertise in exercise science and psychological science, which is why we designed a double degree.

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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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 >

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

You will have access to:

Your study spaces

Your study experience

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 are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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

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