Bachelor of Exercise Science

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

In first year, you'll study the roles of healthcare professionals and cover the fundamentals of human bioscience. In second and third years, you'll learn anatomy, biomechanics, exercise psychology and physiology. Learn how to change community behaviours, fine tune individual training to optimise performance and work with groups such as the elderly, adolescents and athletes undergoing rehabilitation. This course offers you a pathway to La Trobe degrees such as the Master of Exercise Physiology and Master of Physiotherapy Practice. Reasons to study exercise science at La Trobe: Use the most up-to-date exercise physiology and biomechanics equipment Gain 140 hours of industry placements and graduate career ready. Placement opportunities include: Bendigo Spirit Bendigo Pioneers Bendigo Academy of Sport and a range of elite high-school athlete programs.


To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Exercise Science, students must complete 360 credit points consisting of: 330 core credit points 15 elective credit points 15 core-choice credit points


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Exercise Fitness and Health
  • Foundations of Professional Communication
  • Human Biosciences A
  • Human Biosciences B
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Research and Evidence in Practice
  • Rural Community Engagement
  • Understanding Health and Wellbeing
  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education

Standard entry requirements

  • Recent secondary education - VTAC prerequisite: Year 12 English prerequisite (20) - Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
  • Recent secondary education - VTAC prerequisite: Year 12 subject prerequisite - Other - Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any one of Biology,


The Bachelor of Exercise Science on the Bendigo campus is accredited at the level of exercise science by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise Science may apply for membership with ESSA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study pathways

The degree is a pathway to the Master of Exercise Physiology and Master of Physiotherapy Practice.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
  • ATAR: 48.55
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Bendigo.

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Tuesday, Dec 7 2021

Further information

Students complete 140 hours of exercise-related placement, and may need to obtain a Working with Children Check and Police Check beforehand. Graduates from this course are given first preference for the following programs: Master of Clinical Audiology, Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics, Master of Dietetic Practice, Master of Exercise Physiology, Master of Health Information Management, Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Master of Orthoptics, Master of Podiatric Practice, Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Master of Social Work and Master of Speech Pathology. This is a competitive process and graduates will be eligible to apply on the basis of minimum requirements and relevant prerequisites, as indicated.

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