Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The program focuses on the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the contexts of elite sport, recreational physical activity, community health and well-being. It will teach students about: exercise assessment and prescription; sports performance analysis; applying the scientific principles of fitness and health for a wide range of people, from the chronically ill to elite athletes. Possible careers include: health and fitness consultant; exercise scientist; sports scientist; sports coach; exercise physiologist. Enrolled students are eligible for membership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students will also gain practical professional experience during the course. Graduates will be eligible for membership with The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

Course Fee:

International: $70,872

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent. NSW Recommended studies: English (Standard) Band 3; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); Mathematics (any) plus one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA), QLD Recommended studies: One of Health, Physical Education, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Science 21; 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.


240 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Exercise science; Sports science

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.

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


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.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 3 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 6 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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