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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

414451 (Internal)

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Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 85.25 (for 2020)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 90.00 (for 2021)
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 Psychology.
  • Undertake SA's only fully accredited Exercise and Sport Science degree1, also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Complete more than 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 World Top 100 for Exercise and Sport Science.2
  • Learn from a University that is ranked in the World Top 100 for Exercise and Sport Science.3
  • Join SA’s number one university for psychology research4, number one in SA for student satisfaction in Psychology5, and number one in SA for graduate careers in Psychology and Social Work.6

1Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
2Results in Human Movement and Sports Science - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
32020 QS Subject Rankings, Sport-Related Subjects.
4The 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).
5ComparED (QILT): Course Experience Questionnaire 2018-19 (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
6ComparED (QILT): Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19 – 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 will equip you with the skills 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 psychology 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 postgraduate training options which are required for psychologist registration (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 psychology. 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 exercise advice, deliver strength and conditioning services, biomechanical analyses, and skill acquisition knowledge to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of generally healthy individuals, ranging from children to elite athletes to older persons. 

The psychology 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, 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, 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.

Full-time students will also have the unique opportunity to register as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia at the end of third year (if certain course requirements are met). UniSA is the only university in South Australia that enable you work as a personal trainer whilst studying. This is a great way for you to network with other members of Fitness Australia and industry professionals before you graduate.

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)
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)
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
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
Foundations of Physical Activity and Health HLTH 1044 4.5
Counselling Foundations BEHL 1022 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 or 6)
Research Methods and Statistics MATH 1071 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 Delivery 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 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)
Applied Exercise and Sport Science HLTH 3053 4.5
Developmental Psychology BEHL 3011 4.5
Specialist Psychology Course 2 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
Personality Psychology BEHL 3024 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 Psychology (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 your final 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, older adults in community aged-care facilities, athletes at amateur or 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 and wellbeing industry continue to grow, employment prospects for graduates of this double degree are promising. Careers to consider include:

  • Athlete Counsellor (with further study):  concerned with the wellbeing, mental functioning and physical performance of athletes 
  • 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 (with further study): work across primary and secondary schools to facilitate and advocate student wellbeing
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: prepare athletes for high performance, enabling them the greatest advantage in competition
  • Sport Psychologist (with further study): working with athletes and coaches to increase athletic performance through psychology influences 

To become a professionally practicing or research psychologist you must complete a one-year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and then complete further postgraduate education. 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 fifth year in psychology, a two-year masters in psychology, or a doctoral degree in psychology that leads to registration with the Psychology Board of Australia in order to become a registered psychologist.

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.

Industry facts


Employment for sports and fitness workers in Australia is projected to increase by 18,800 (15.9 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


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

Australian 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.

Australian 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

With an increasing desire to improve the physical and psychosocial health and wellbeing of Australians, this double-degree provides a unique opportunity for graduates to place themselves well to provide individuals with both physical and psychological support required to reduce the burden of chronic disease.


Dr Alyson Crozier

Program Director

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Dr Alyson Crozier

Program Director


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