Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


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AUD$ 33,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 35,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

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

  • Combine your passion for health and exercise with psychology theory and counselling, and graduate with two highly complementary qualifications with only one extra year of study.
  • Study South Australia's first fully accredited exercise and sport science degree,1 as well as a degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Become an expert in the impact of exercise and mental wellness on the biological, psychological and social aspects of human performance and wellbeing.
  • Take your place at a university ranked 35th in the world for sports science.2
  • Join South Australia's No. 1 university for graduate skills in psychology.3
  • Learn from expert academics and world-class researchers, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists.
  • Benefit from UniSA’s expansive industry partnerships when you complete 140 hours of industry placement across sporting clubs, gyms and fitness centres, schools and more.
  • Learn in dedicated facilities designed for exercise testing and performance analysis.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities,4 we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). 2Ranked #35, 2021 Shanghai Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. 3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities. 4Ranked #43, 2024 THE Young University Rankings.


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Start your unstoppable career supporting people's health and wellbeing, with a double degree in exercise and sport science, combined with counselling and interpersonal skills.

This unique double degree – the only one of its kind in South Australia – will develop your expertise in physical, social and psychological science. You'll be prepared for work providing counselling to athletes, delivering enhanced rehabilitation services, and enhancing the physical health and mental wellbeing of the population.

This double degree can form the first part of a pathway to becoming a practising Psychologist (including sports psychologist) with further study in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), and the first part of a pathway to teaching with further study in the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

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 science of exercise and sport, human thought and behaviour. You’ll develop cognitive and creative skills to solve real-world scientific problems and apply your knowledge in diverse contexts such as sports and mental health.  

You'll learn how to provide exercise advice, deliver strength and conditioning services, do biomechanical analyses, and share skill acquisition knowledge to enhance people's physical and mental wellbeing from children, to elite athletes, to older people. 

Your courses in psychology theory and counselling will help you enter the workforce with a strong understanding of the analytical, communication and interpersonal skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities.

In the first two years, you’ll study exercise and sport science courses, with an introduction to psychology, 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. You’ll develop critical thinking and practice-based skills to:

  • 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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Periods 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
Psychology 1A BEHL 1003 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Group and Team Leadership HLTH 1017 4.5
Motor Development and Ageing HLTH 1065 4.5
Functional Anatomy HLTH 1045 4.5
Psychology 1B BEHL 1004 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Exercise Physiology 1 HLTH 2006 4.5
Human Nutrition HLTH 2001 4.5
Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
Exercise Physiology 2 HLTH 2005 4.5
Biological and Learning Psychology BEHL 2012 4.5
Social and Community Psychology BEHL 2006 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Exercise Prescription and Delivery 1 HLTH 2027 4.5
Motor Control and Learning HLTH 2026 4.5
Counselling Skills BEHL 2013 4.5
Cognitive Psychology BEHL 3002 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Health, Exercise and Sport Psychology HLTH 3014 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Exercise Prescription and Delivery 2 HLTH 3011 4.5
Biomechanics of Human Movement HLTH 2025 4.5
Counselling Interventions BEHL 3018 4.5
First Semester (Study Periods 1, 2 or 3)
Exercise and Sport Science Project Design HLTH 3053 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Professional Practice in Exercise Science HLTH 3054 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Sociology of Health, Physical Activity and Sport HLTH 3055 4.5
Clinical and Abnormal Psychology BEHL 3004 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 2 Note(s): 1
Specialist Psychology Course 3 4.5 Note(s): 1
Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3005 4.5 Note(s): 3
Exploring the History and Foundations of Psychology BEHL 3037 4.5
UO Advanced Research Methods BEHL 3034 4.5
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, as well as to 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 Psychology (Counselling and Interpersonal Skills)


Embark on the journey to become a physical and mental health specialist in an enterprising tertiary environment which provides practical learning opportunities, guided by world-class industry experts.

With UniSA, you'll graduate with two degrees in just one extra year of study, armed with a unique set of skills relevant to current and emerging market trends in physical and mental health.

UniSA offers the first fully accredited exercise and sport science degree in South Australia.1 You’ll also benefit from studying at South Australia’s No. 1 university for psychology research,2 as well as above world-class research in exercise and sports science.3 UniSA is also home to the highly regarded Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).

Graduates are eligible to apply to become an Accredited Exercise Scientist through Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

1Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). 2The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

UniSA has strong alliances with industry, ranging from elite and local sporting clubs to not-for-profit organisations.

You’ll complete a minimum of 140 hours of exercise science industry placement, further enhancing your networks and relationships with industry. Our industry placement providers include elite and community sports clubs, public and private schools, gyms and fitness centres, aged care, local councils and not-for-profit organisations. Examples of hands-on placement opportunities include:

  • empowering athletes at amateur or elite sporting clubs
  • supporting serving and veteran service personnel and first responders as part of the Invictus Pathways Program
  • working with older adults in community aged care

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

Career outcomes

Your career

As the health and wellbeing industry continues to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this double degree are promising.

Careers to consider include:

  • 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.
  • Athlete counsellor (with further study): improve and sustain the wellbeing, mental functioning and physical performance of athletes. 
  • School counsellor (with further study): work across primary and secondary schools to advocate student wellbeing.
  • Strength and conditioning coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition.
  • Sport psychologist (with further study): work with athletes and coaches to increase athletic performance through psychological influences. 

To become a Registered Psychologist or Research Psychologist you’ll need to do the following:

  • Complete your Bachelor of Psychology program with a competitive GPA, then consider completing an Honours year in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (MHPU) program.
  • You’ll then need to complete a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical), or a doctoral degree in psychology, which leads to official registration 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.

Industry facts


Employment for sport and fitness coaches, instructors and officials in Australia is projected to increase by 9.8% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


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

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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


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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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As a hands-on degree, you’ll benefit from UniSA’s practical approach to learning. You'll have access to facilities including:

From 2025, students in our Human Movement, Exercise and Sport Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology programs will benefit from an integrated practical learning experience with the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI). You can study alongside elite athletes and leading industry experts, and learn how to use the latest equipment and sport science technology in new, purpose-built facilities.

You’ll also have access to a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

I am proud to direct a program that is delivered by a team of highly-qualified researchers and educators with a genuine interest in developing students into industry ready graduates. This Exercise and Sports Science Australia accredited program utilises innovative and safe learning environments, and offers opportunities for practical experience within industry settings, to enable students to pursue excellence and fulfil their highest potential.

Dr Tom Wycherley

Program Director

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Dr Tom Wycherley

Program Director


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