Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science focuses on the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the contexts of elite sport, recreational physical activity, community health and wellbeing.Exercise Scientists play an important role in improving the health, fitness, well-being and performance of individuals, groups, and the community. They do this through coaching and training in sport and athletic performance; educating about exercise for health and well-being; and implementing behaviour modification strategies. ACU is well placed to prepare graduates as Exercise Scientists with well-established exercise science programs that are recognised internationally for research, learning and teaching.Meeting the professional requirements for membership with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science provides graduates with a broad and coherent knowledge of the scientific bases of exercise and of key principles, concepts and theories related to exercise for health and sports performance. The degree is designed to produce graduates with skills such as physical activity leadership, advanced problem-solving, technical proficiency, the capacity to communicate for diverse populations and multicultural contexts, and an ability to be reflective and ethical in academic and professional practice, underpinned by justice, equity and respect for the individual. Opportunities for industry-relevant experience are embedded in the course through community engagement and practicumThe Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science will teach you aboutexercise assessment and prescriptionsports performance analysisapplying the scientific principles of fitness and health for a wide range of people, from the chronically ill to elite athletes.Possible careers include:Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departmentsHigh performance sports organisationsSport institutes and academiesCorporate fitnessExercise scientistHealth and fitness consultantStrength and conditioning coachRehabilitation CoachPerformance analystFitness advisorSports science managerPhysical activity officerAllied health assistant.


240 credit points. Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students must complete 40 hours of community engagement and 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.You will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.


  • Exercise and health science
  • Sport and exercise science

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.New South Wales Recommended studies: English (Standard) Band 3
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.Queensland Prerequisites: English (Units 3 and 4, C)Recommended studies: one of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 and 4, C)Victoria Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.


Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: From 2014-2018, any graduate of our 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 degree is currently undergoing the ESSA re-accreditation process for graduates in the program from 2019-2023. This accreditation also means that the course has been approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course. (B) Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) accreditation: This degree provides partial accreditation at ASCA Level 1 if appropriate electives are completed as part of your degree.

Study pathways

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours). Graduates may progress to further studies in exercise science, sports science, sports coaching or exercise physiology.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Blacktown (St Josephine Bakhita) International: $73,008 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) International: $73,008 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $73,008 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $73,008 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

Graduates can work as health and fitness consultants, exercise scientists, sports scientists, sports coaches, and exercise physiologists - after completing a postgraduate qualification in exercise physiology

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