Start date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

2021: 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]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate careers in Health.1
  • Tailor your degree to your interests and career goals through primary streams in Health and Physical Education or Exercise and Sport Science.
  • Graduate industry-ready when you complete more than 75 hours of practical experience in the areas of Human Movement, Health and Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Exercise Science or Health and Wellbeing.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art on-campus facilities, such as an exercise physiology clinic, environmental chamber, exercise physiology laboratories, and UniSA Sport Gyms
  • Be taught by world-class staff, including Australia’s leading exercise scientists and physical activity specialists.
  • Combine your interests in human movement with nutrition and food sciences  by studying a double degree.
  • Choose from multiple postgraduate study options in a range of areas including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, business, social work and primary or secondary teaching.
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary) – it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.
  • Learn from a University that has well-above world-class research in Human Movement and Sport Science.2
  • UniSA is ranked No.1 in South Australia for student satisfaction in Health.3

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support — Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.
22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
3ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20, Health Services and Support - Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


Human Movement alumni instructing a yoga class

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, with the opportunity to select one of two primary streams in Exercise and Sport Science or Health and Physical Education. There is also the opportunity to select secondary study streams in Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Coaching, Outdoor Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition or Advanced Exercise and Sport Science.

If you think you might be interested in secondary school teaching, you can apply for the Bachelor of Human Movement/Master of Teaching (Secondary). Please see the Your Career section below for more information.

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

From first year, you can choose to tailor the degree to your interests and career goals through primary streams in Health and Physical Education or Exercise and Sport Science. You can also choose a secondary study stream in a wide range of areas including Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Coaching, Outdoor Education, Health Promotion, Nutrition or Advanced Exercise and Sport Science.

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

  • human anatomy and physiology
  • human movement professional practice
  • health and physical activity
  • growth and motor development
  • group and team psychology.

Second year studies will focus on:

  • motor learning
  • nutrition
  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics

This degree teaches you practical skills and effective communication skills to facilitate interaction with a range of clients and peers, complete client screening, conduct laboratory and field testing, interpret scientific research and design and implement physical activity, exercise and training programs.

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)
Professional Practice in Human Movement HLTH 3085 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, 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:

  • presentations
  • research proposals
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • quizzes.

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 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.

You will also complete placement opportunities, allowing you to build strong industry relationships. 

In third year, you may have the opportunity to study overseas by completing an international exchange in Norway, Canada, United States or the United Kingdom.

Real-world connections

We have teamed up with a number of community, local and elite physical activity and sporting organisations, such as the Adelaide Football club and Basketball SA, providing you with excellent networking opportunities. You can also complete an industry placement as part of your study, further enhancing industry networks and relationships. Industry placement providers include public and private schools, elite and community sports teams, councils and not-for-profit organisations.

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

Career outcomes

Your career

Depending on your primary chosen stream, human movement graduates will be able to consider careers such as:

  • Sport Development Officer: responsible for coordinating club and athlete participation in sports programs, as well as improving the performance of individuals and teams
  • Community and Allied Health Worker: support and assist the work of allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dieticians
  • Health and Wellbeing Advisor: provide advice on healthy active lifestyles and nutrition to support wellbeing
  • Human Movement Practitioner: engage a broad population of people and groups throughout the lifespan to be more physically active using a broad range of modalities for health, fitness and wellbeing
  • Outdoor Education Practitioner: facilitate nature-based outdoor learning experiences for personal and group development, health and wellbeing, environmental learning, sustainability and social justice
  • Sports Coach: provide expert training advice to sporting professionals, and analyse their performances to provide further feedback and development strategies.

Those students in the Health and Physical Education stream can continue their studies with the Master of Teaching (Secondary), leading to teach Health and Physical Education (up to Year 12) or Junior Science (up to Year 10), in addition to a third learning area depending on your elective choices whilst studying human movement. For more information including subjects you'll be able to teach, visit our secondary health and physical education teaching page.

Students in the Exercise and Sport Science stream are eligible to apply for accreditation and registration as an Accredited Exercise Scientist through Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), as long as you have completed the required hours of practical experience. 

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 in Nutrition and Food Sciences.

Other postgraduate coursework areas include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, business, social work, primary teaching and research.

Where can my interest in health take me?

View our guide on Active Careers for more information. 

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

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 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 gainaccess 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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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 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 advanced facilities including modern 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 human movement student you will have access to:

Your program director

As Program Director I am responsible for the provision of academic leadership in the planning, management, development, improvement, quality assurance and growth of the suite of Human Movement degrees. I head a team of outstanding teachers and researchers who educate highly capable graduates who can engage in a wide range of industry and community settings, and can meaningfully contribute to a healthier and more just society.

Mr Scott Adams

Program Director

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Portrait image for Mr Scott Adams

Mr Scott Adams

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