Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The program focuses on the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the contexts of elite sport, recreational physical activity, community health and well-being. It will teach students about: exercise assessment and prescription; sports performance analysis; applying the scientific principles of fitness and health for a wide range of people, from the chronically ill to elite athletes. Possible careers include: health and fitness consultant; exercise scientist; sports scientist; sports coach; exercise physiologist. Enrolled students are eligible for membership with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students will also gain practical professional experience during the course. Graduates will be eligible for membership with The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

Course Fee:

International: $66,792

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW recommended studies: English advanced; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); mathematics plus one of biology, chemistry or physics; QLD prerequisites: English (4, SA), plus one of health, physical education, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry or science 21; VIC prerequisites: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English, plus a study score of at least 25 in one of mathematics (any), biology, chemistry, health and human development, outdoor and environmental science psychology, physical education or physics. International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. Bachelor of Exercise and Health Science (Honours): To be eligible to apply for admission to the course, a student must have completed a relevant bachelor degree and attained a GPA of 5.75 in that degree.


240 credit points consisting of: 170 cp from Core units; 40 cp from Elective units; 10 cp from Professional Experience; 20 cp from University Core Curriculum units; and students will also undertake two units of compulsory Professional Experience. 80 cp consisting of: 30 cp Coursework Units and 50 cp Thesis Units for Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours)

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise science; Sports science

Study Pathways:

A one-year Honours course is available for meritorious students who would like to prepare for higher degree research. Graduates may progress to further studies in exercise science, sports science, sports coaching or exercise physiology.


From 2014-2018, any graduate of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree at the Brisbane, Strathfield or Melbourne campus can apply for ESSA membership at the Exercise Scientist level. This accreditation also means that the course has been approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter the postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course. In Victoria, ACU is now one of only two universities with an undergraduate course accredited at the Exercise Scientist level.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.5 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.5 No Part time 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 6 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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