Charles Darwin University

Associate Degree of Exercise and Sport Science

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Associate Degree of Exercise and Sport Science will give you the specialist skills and qualifications to work in the sporting industry.This course has a strong emphasis on practical skills, including developing the knowledge to work with individuals of all ages, fitness levels, skills and experience. The course draws from the knowledge and expertise of professionals in health and exercise science as well as coaches and fitness professionals. This flexible course allows you to study how you want - on-campus or online with part-time and full-time study options available.On completion of the course you may also continue with further studies to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, gaining credit for units already completed.


The course consists of core and specialist elective units. The course can be completed part-time or full-time and is nested with the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. The course is offered online and/or face to face and offers flexibility in study options for full-time employees.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(14 units)140cpCompulsory Core units totalling 140 credit points as detailed below. HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionSBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise Prescription and Delivery (replaces SPE209)SPE120 Essentials in Health and FitnessHSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological IntroductionSBI209 Design and Analysis of Biological StudiesSPE205 Biomechanics and Movement AnalysisSPE206 Health, Exercise and Sport PsychologySPE210 Motor Control, Growth and DevelopmentSPE212 Applied Coaching Principles across the LifespanSPE261 Functional Anatomy (replaces SBI261)SPE309 Physiology of Sport and ExerciseSPE320 Nutrition and Health Specialist Electives(2 units)20cpSpecialist elective units totalling 20 credit points may be selected from units detailed below.SPE130 Foundations of Sport Science and CoachingSWK102 Communication SkillsSPE230 Applied Science in Sport and ExerciseSPE381 Physiological Assessment of AthletesSPE382 Periodisation of Training  160cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commence in or after 2013No more than 10 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in an Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma AQF Level 6 course award.Of the total 160 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 200 level unitsStudents should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


  • Sports and Recreation, Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $30,240 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
CDU Online International: $30,240 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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