Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

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

Psychology and exercise science share the goal of assisting individuals and groups to optimise functioning and performance; the combined knowledge of these two disciplines will equip graduates to provide high quality services to their clients. Exercise scientists working with clinical populations and high performance athletes will benefit from the knowledge and skills gained from topics within psychology, including motivation, emotion, individual differences, psychological disorders, and decision making. ACU's undergraduate psychology programs help students to acquire knowledge, assimilate conceptual understandings and develop skills of application to enhance human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. Graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour, as well as highly regarded employability skills, including: critical analysis and rational thinking; ethical decision making; scientific thinking and research capabilities; measurement and analysis of data; problem solving skills; written and verbal communication; interpersonal skills, including foundational counselling skills; life-long learning skills. The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science progresses students from foundation knowledge, understanding and skills in human anatomy, physiology and the sub-disciplines of Exercise Science, into their application in movement, exercise and sporting contexts, such as exercise testing, prescription and delivery. Students then progress into authentic learning experiences to integrate their evidence-based learnings and scope of practice in applied, industry-based settings. This professional practice provides students the opportunity to reflect upon their transition from learning to practitioner. Graduates make meaningful contributions to improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations.


320 credit points. In the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, students are required to complete 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum) with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.


  • Psychological practice: theory and techniques
  • Foundations of psychology
  • Growth, motor development and ageing
  • Applications of psychology
  • Anatomical foundations of exercise science
  • Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
  • plus more

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 level, or equivalent. NSW Prerequisites: English (Standard) (Band 2) or English (Advanced) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3). NSW Recommended Studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical education (PDHPE)
  • Mathematics plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
  • And a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics or Psychology.


Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation: This new degree has 'qualifying accreditation' status with Exercise and Sports Science Australia for the Strathfield and Melbourne campuses. This is the first step towards a full accreditation application at the Exercise Scientist level for graduates in the program from 2019. (Full accreditation also means that the course is approved as providing the appropriate knowledge and skills to enter our postgraduate Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology course). This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that after completion of an APAC accredited undergraduate degree, a further minimum of three years education and training in psychology are required to register as a psychologist in Australia.

Study pathways

High-achieving graduates from this program may be eligible to apply for fourth year studies in Psychology (Honours degree in Psychological Science or Graduate Diploma in Psychology). Graduates are also eligible for admission to: postgraduate studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology courses, if seeking Exercise Physiology accreditation; postgraduate studies in High Performance Sport; one-year Honours courses, for meritorious students preparing for higher degree research; higher degree studies in Education, if seeking teacher registration (dependent on elective choices and campus/state of study); further study in other allied health professions; further study in nutrition/dietetics (dependent on elective choices).

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $94,496 No information available No No information available
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $94,496 No information available No No information available

Further information

Career paths for this course - Counselling; Child welfare and development; Community work; Education; Health; Human resources; Marketing and Market research; Fourth year study in psychology to pursue a career in psychology, including sports psychology; Government and non-government health, sport and recreation departments; High performance sport organisations; Sports institutes and academies; Corporate fitness; Exercise scientist; Sports scientist; Health and fitness consultant; Strength and conditioning coach; Sports coach; Rehabilitation coach; Performance analyst; Fitness advisor; Sports science manager; Physical activity officer; Allied health assistant.

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