Southern Cross University

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 01241G

This program gives students the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to practise as professionals in the fields of exercise and sports science. The degree equips graduates for diverse employment opportunities across a range of sport and health-related areas. The course enables students to focus their study through the choice of specialised majors to meet their career aspirations and areas of interest. Field experience is a key feature of the course and provides the opportunity for students to apply theory and knowledge in practical industry settings. This enables students to develop a professional approach to their training and career education.


24 units equivalent. Includes professional placement.


  • Education
  • Exercise science

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12
  • Recommended: any 2 units of English
  • Or TAFE and VET awards (Certificate III and above)
  • Or Undergraduate and Postgraduate study
  • Or Work Experience (minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent)


The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science delivered from the Lismore campus is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the Exercise Science level. The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America. Subject to successful accreditation, all graduates, regardless of the major completed, will be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA. Graduates meet the requirements of the Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) coaching accreditation, making them eligible to register as Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches.

Study pathways

An Honours year is available to selected graduates.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Coffs Harbour No
Gold Coast Yes
Lismore Yes

Further information

Graduates are suited to employment as professionals who specialise in providing exercise-based services and work across a variety of settings. These include: sports coaching, strength training and conditioning, sport development, performance testing and talent identification, personal training and gym instruction, health promotion, and occupational rehabilitation. Graduates are also suited to positions such as sport administration, sport marketing, sport promotion and sport sponsorship. Some graduates also choose to pursue further study at postgraduate or graduate entry level to become an allied health professional in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition or or as PDHPE teacher.

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