Skip to main content Skip to main navigation

Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science)

Course code M89

Are you interested in health, fitness and general well-being? If you like the idea of helping other people improve their lifestyle or sports performance through exercise, you should explore a career in Exercise Science.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of professional roles – you could work with elite sportspeople, promote health in the community, work in corporate health or a wide range of other exciting environments The course will give you the skills to design, implement and evaluate programs targeted at improving general health and well-being, helping to prevent or reduce the impact of chronic disease and enhancing athletic performance.

You can also specialise in a related field, with majors in Football Performance, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Occupational Safety and Health and Sport Business helping broaden your career prospects. You can also use this course as a pathway to further study in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, education, dietetics and strength and conditioning coaching.

You can study units for this degree on-campus with weekly lectures and laboratories or through a blended format that involves weekly online content, such as lectures, laboratories, tutorials and/or seminars, accompanied by timetabled, intensive on-campus laboratory sessions twice per semester.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality and more

    For the sixth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia. ECU was also the top public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development, student support and overall experience. View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 15 straight years! Five-star ratings were also achieved for undergraduate skills development, learner engagement, learning resources, student support and overall experience. All ratings are the best for a public university in Western Australia.

    Read more.

  • THE Impact Rankings

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

Course overview

Choose student type

Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

M89

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $11,350

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

M89

CRICOS code

055462D

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,900

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 24 Units consisting of 15 Core units plus 1 Core Option Unit plus an 8- unit Major or a 6- unit minor plus 2 Recommended Electives or 8 Recommended Elective (which can consist of an 8 unit stream).

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
SPS1530Lifespan Growth and Development15
NUT1121Human Nutrition15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from Major, Minor or Recommended Elective15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1111Foundations of Fitness and Training15
SPS1502Biomechanics15
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from Major, Minor or Recommended Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1217Functional Anatomy15
SPS2203Principles and Practices of Resistance Training15
SPS2505Exercise Physiology15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from Major, Minor or Recommended Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MAT2107Statistical Research Methods15
SPS2524Exercise Delivery15
SPS2516Motor Learning and Control15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective1 x unit from Major, Minor or Recommended Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS2622 Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health15
SPS3112Exercise and Sports Science Practicum15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective2 x units from Major, Minor or Recommended Elective 30
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS3111Physical Activity and Health15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective2 x units from Major, Minor or Recommended Elective30
Plus one Core Option Unit from:
SPS3516 ^Advanced Motor Learning and Control15
SPS3502 ^Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505 ^Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3105 ^Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3601 ^Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15
RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1750Coaching Science 115
SPS1755Coaching Science 215
SPS2750Coaching Science 315
SPS3750Coaching Science 415
SPS3755Coaching Science 515
SPS1210Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring in Sport15
SPS2615Sports Injury Prevention and Management15
SPS3105Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3604Human Movement - Participation and Inclusion15
SPS3114Conditioning for Team Sport Athletes15
SPS3530Principles and Practices of Coaching15
SPS3516Advanced Motor Learning and Control15
SPS3502Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3601Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15
SPS2301Exercise Rehabilitation15
HST1120Introduction to Health Promotion15
SCP1134Foundations of Physics15
SCH1104Introduction to Pathophysiology15
SCH1105Introduction to Pharmacology15
SPS3120Psycho-social Aspects in Physical Activity and Chronic Disease15
SPS3121Professional Skills in Clinical Exercise Physiology15
NUT3215Exercise Nutrition15
SCC1226Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry15
NUT2211Metabolic Biochemistry15
NUT2220Nutritional Assessment15
SCH2232Medical Biochemistry15
Select one unit from:
SCC1123Chemistry for the Life Sciences15
SCC1111General Chemistry15

Students may choose to complete units from the following Streams: - Coaching Science: - Physical Education (Health as a second teaching area); - Physical Education (Science as a second teaching area); - Clinical Exercise Physiology; or - Dietetics. Please refer to course planners for details on units required for each Stream.

^ Core Option

M89|12

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

Course notes

Important course notes

  • ECU Southwest Students: The first year (i.e. 8 units) of the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) can be completed at the Bunbury campus. The remaining units (i.e. 16 units) must be completed at the Joondalup campus.

  • Students are required to complete 2 mandatory practicum units: SPS3112 (140 hours), SPS2524 Exercise Delivery (30 hours).

    Attendance requirements

    Students will undertake the practicum placement during the hours laid down by their host organisation and students may be required to attend after hours and on the weekends.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Prior to external placement, a risk management process must occur, including health and safety obligations, and a site visit (if practicable and reasonable). If an ongoing collaboration is approved by both parties, an official agreement contract is drafted between the University and the external agency.

    Prior to placement, students must submit evidence of a Working with Children Check (where necessary) and a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) First Aid Certificate.

    Professional practice rules

    The practicum component of the course is attached to units SPS2524 and SPS3112 and successful completion of these core units, is a requirement for graduation. A pass grade for the practicum component is required to achieve a pass for the relevant core unit. Students who fail the practicum component are required to repeat the unit.
    This could increase the duration of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline knowledge to a range of exercise and sport science theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Communicate exercise and sport science knowledge, concepts and skills to diverse population groups.
  3. Demonstrate a global outlook in exercise and sport science situations, showing sensitivity for diversity, including Aboriginal cultural competence.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate social and ethical values by working cooperatively and collaboratively in exercise and sports science settings.
  5. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and initiative for own learning and professional practice.
  6. Think creatively to anticipate challenges and generate solutions in exercise and sport science contexts.
  7. Think critically to analyse, interpret and solve complex exercise and sport science situations.
  8. Use digital technologies and literacies to assess, evaluate and synthesise information from multiple sources.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Graduating students will be eligible to apply for accreditation credentialing with ESSA. Please refer to ESSA website for further information regarding the application process: https://www.essa.org.au/Public/APPLY_NOW/Ways_to_Join_ESSA/Public/APPLY_NOW/Ways_to_Join.aspx?hkey=2d376635-5322-4bcc-8473-39b7cab32cfa. The course is Professionally-Accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), if completed in Australia. Please also note: ESSA English Language Requirements. All individuals seeking initial accreditation or returning to accreditation with ESSA must show English language competence (unless exempt). To find out more and determine whether you are exempt please see ESSA's English Language Requirements via the following link https://www.essa.org.au/Public/Professional_Standards/NASRHP_What_you_need_to_know.aspx#English%20Language%20Requirements.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

Choose student type

AUD $11,350 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $35,900 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

Graduates have successful careers in specialty areas such as exercise rehabilitation, sports administration, teaching, sports coaching, exercise science, strength and conditioning, corporate fitness, workplace health, sports development and sports performance analysis.

Possible future job titles

Exercise Scientist, Exercise Physiologist, Biomechanist, Personal Trainer, Sports Coach, Sports & Exercise Scientist, Researcher, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Medicine Trainer, Exercise Rehabilitation Coach

Similar courses to consider

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

Become World Ready

Explore your options

  • "The practical side of my studies gave me the confidence to become a physical trainer at the WA Police Academy."

  • Football Performance major students visit West Coast’s High Performance Centre

    ECU’s partnerships with sports industry leaders, including AFL powerhouse West Coast. This allows students opportunities to go behind the scenes, gain industry insights and better understand their career prospects. This includes students who’ve chosen the Football Performance major (pictured).

  • Our partnership with the football club provides real world experience for exercise and sports science students – both on and off the pitch.

  • Some of our Sports Science and Football students are gaining valuable practical experience working as performance analysts with AFL team the West Coast Eagles.

Student stories

  • Jesse Hesford

    Jesse Hesford

    ECU Exercise & Sports Science graduate. Head of 1st Team Performance Analysis, Perth Glory

    The course has prepared me for my current role with Perth Glory Football Club.

    The football performance major is not just about the football. It’s not just about being on-ground, learning about the tactics or the principle of play; it’s so much more than that. Like learning about skill acquisition or learning about leadership and sports psychology, which was of great interest to me.

  • Exercise & Sports Science student Ricky LeGuay, working with the West Coast Eagles

    Ricky LeGuay

    ECU Exercise & Sports Science student

    Exercise and Sports Science can pave the way for different career paths.

    The course has taken my personal training to the next level. It has also given me the opportunity to work with the West Coast Eagles.

  • Claire Mason

    ECU Exercise and Sports Science and Exercise Science and Rehabilitation graduate

    You have the opportunity to experience the workplace

    I was looking to upskill into a clinical setting and ECU was the only university in Western Australia that was offering the accredited course. The lecturers are all very renowned in their own fields. Their current research is within the areas that they teach us. This means that we are getting the most up-to-date information in the lectures and labs. They were all very approachable and supportive should we need help with any of the assignments or topics that we covered.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

Do you have any questions about the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science)?