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Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition

About this course

The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition emphasises the link between exercise, physical activity and good nutrition to promote optimum health and human performance; it could be described as the ‘wellness’ degree.

The course provides a comprehensive picture of the human body, from the chemical and biochemical aspects, to the muscles and nervous system.

The important relationship between regular physical activity and good nutrition for healthy growth and development throughout life is a fundamental one, the importance of which is becoming increasingly recognised by health practitioners and members of the general public. This increased awareness has expanded employment opportunities in exercise science and related health fields.

Career opportunities

Graduates may be employed in the private and public sectors. Exercise and sport scientists provide assessment, monitoring and program prescription for fitness and exercise for a diverse range of individuals and groups, from the general population through to elite athletes.

Graduates gain work as personal trainers and fitness consultants, health educators, rehabilitation consultants, development officers with amateur and professional sporting organisations, strength and conditioning coaches, program staff at sport and recreation centres, and activity officers at leisure resorts.

With further postgraduate study, graduates can become dietitians, sports nutritionists, physiotherapists, or Accredited Exercise Physiologists (following completion of the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology at SCU).

Professional recognition

The degree produces graduates who meet the professional requirements for registration with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) as exercise scientists.

Graduating students also meet the requirements of the Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) coaching accreditation. They are then eligible to register as Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches.

In addition, graduates may be eligible to apply for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’ with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

Professional placement

Students complete a three-week internship of their choice during their third year of study. This placement normally occurs during the breaks between teaching sessions. The experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in a professional setting, giving students an experience in a real workplace which helps them prepare for a career as an exercise scientist or health and fitness consultant.

Major areas of study

There are no majors. Subjects studied cover areas such as human anatomy and physiology, sports conditioning and training methods, motor control, biomechanics and kinesiology, exercise physiology and psychology, human growth, development and ageing, and food and nutrition.

Assessment methods

Assessment items vary from unit to unit and generally comprise a mix of laboratory-based and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Specialist facilities for exercise science and nutrition include fully equipped and up-to-date dedicated scientific laboratories for wet and dry anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, biochemistry, strength and conditioning, and a multi-purpose sports hall and weight training gymnasium.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition a candidate shall successfully complete all twenty-four (24) units listed in the Schedule of Units.
  2. Students are required by the end of their second year of enrolment to have completed a suitably accredited Senior First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'