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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science was developed out of a need to provide qualified professionals for employment in the fields of sport, health, fitness and rehabilitation. These areas are currently expanding and offer increased employment opportunities both in Australia and overseas.

Field experience is a feature of the course which provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings, enabling students to develop a professional approach to training and preparation for a career as a sport manager, exercise scientist, or health and fitness consultant.

Career opportunities

Graduates typically work as: health and fitness consultants and managers, personal trainers, sport administrators, exercise scientists, health promotion officers, development officers with amateur and professional sporting organisations, program staff and managers at sport and recreation centres and resorts, executive officers with national and state sporting associations, event managers/coordinators, and sport marketing and media officers. Some graduates choose to pursue further study at postgraduate level in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or medicine.

When combined with the Bachelor of Education (Secondary): careers include teacher of PDHPE (personal development, health, physical education) in secondary schools, development officer in sporting organisations, outdoor education/recreation leader, and positions in training and development settings in industry.

When combined with the Bachelor of Laws: careers include solicitor and legal specialist in law as it applies to health, sport and fitness and the leisure industry.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Exercise Science major) has been fully accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at Exercise Science level. Graduates who have completed the major in Exercise Science will therefore be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA.

Graduates of this program may undertake further postgraduate study to gain registration as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

In addition, graduates with the Exercise Science major will be eligible to receive the Certificate III and IV in Fitness through TAFE NSW, and to apply for Exercise Professional Registration with Fitness Australia (FA).

All 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.

The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America.

Professional placement

Students complete a three-week internship of their choice during their third year studies and have the option of an additional internship. These placements normally occur during the breaks between teaching sessions. Field experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings.

Major areas of study

Students select one of two majors:

  • Exercise Science enables students to study at a more advanced level in subject areas such as exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology and applied biomechanics. It also covers areas such as exercise biochemistry and drugs in sport, and exercise physiology for specific populations (such as ageing people, or people with disability).
  • Sport Management provides study in areas like sport organisation leadership, sport marketing, promotion and public relations, sport policy and planning, facilities and events, and sport economics and finance, including developing small business skills.

This choice allows students to develop areas of particular interest relevant to their career goals and aspirations.

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.

Students have access to fully equipped 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.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. All ten (10) units from one major sequence of units in Part B of the Schedule, and;
    3. One (1) elective unit which may include units from Part C of the Schedule.

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates who have completed the requirements for the Diploma of Sport Management (Surfing Studies) may be granted advanced standing of up to eight (8) units in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.
  2. Candidates who have completed the requirements for the Certificate in Sport Management (Surfing Studies) may be granted advanced standing of up to four (4) units in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

Schedule of units


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'