Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
About this course
As exercise scientists in sports coaching, strength training and conditioning, sport development, performance testing and talent identification, personal training and gym instruction, health promotion, occupational rehabilitation and sports or recreation management. 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/dietetics or to become a PDHPE teacher.
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. Under current ESSA procedures, accreditation for Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses will be completed in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Subject to successful accreditation, all graduates, regardless of the major completed, will be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science may undertake further postgraduate study at SCU to gain registration as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).
All graduates are eligible to receive the Certificate III and IV in Fitness through TAFE NSW, and to apply for Exercise Professional Registration with Fitness Australia (FA). 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 Nutrition major is designed to meet curriculum prerequisites for entry into several accredited postgraduate programs leading to registration as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Students interested in this pathway should refer to universities offering accredited postgraduate dietetic programs regarding enrolment requisites. Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science who have completed the Nutrition major may be eligible to become an Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Students complete a 120-hour placement of their choice during their third-year studies and some students have the option of an additional placement. These normally occur during the breaks between teaching sessions. Field experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings.
Placements are undertaken under professional supervision in health and fitness centres, sporting organisations or clubs, schools, academies and institutes of sport, or sport and recreation centres. The types of positions can include, but are not limited to, assisting personal trainers, health educators, strength and conditioning or sports coaches, sporting event coordinators or recreation officers. Students may also work as research assistants for sport products, manufacturing or business.
Major areas of study
Students select one major from the following:
Education: this major offers graduates a pathway to an SCU degree in secondary teaching, leading to registration as a PDHPE teacher for eligible students. Only available at Lismore.
Exercise Science: this major enables students to study at a more advanced level in subject areas such as exercise biochemistry and sport and exercise psychology. It also covers areas related to the operation and management of sport and fitness organisations.
Nutrition: this major examines food and nutrition in the context of exercise science, human health, disease processes and social issues. It includes content such as biochemistry, food science, nutritional science, and nutrition across the lifespan. This major is not available in 2017.
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.
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
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.
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 Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
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 include fully equipped scientific laboratories to study anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics and biochemistry, as well as facilities for analysing human movement, strength and conditioning, visit: scu.edu.au/healthlabs
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
Table of contents
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 (288 credit points) comprising:
- all units listed in Part A; and
- all units from one major sequence of units in Part B
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
Candidates who have completed either the Diploma of Fitness or Certificate IV in Fitness may be granted advanced standing for up to three (3) units in the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. External accreditation requirements limit advanced standing for non-university study to three units.
Schedule of units
How to apply
Distance education (external)
Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.
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.
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