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Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science and Rehabilitation)

Course code M90

Are you interested in using exercise to improve people’s health, fitness and general well-being? If so, you should consider a career as an Exercise Physiologist through studying our Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science and Rehabilitation).

When you graduate from this degree you will be eligible to apply to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Exercise Physiologists help other people improve their lifestyle and recover from injuries and chronic conditions through exercise.

In this 4-year degree (full-time) you’ll gain knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery, healthy lifestyle intervention and wellness programs for people living with chronic conditions, disabilities or injuries, as well as the healthy population.

More qualified professionals are expected to be needed as the population grows and ages, with employment opportunities in public and private hospitals, workplace health and rehabilitation, aged care facilities, sports organisations and more.

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.

Note: If you complete the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) degree (with the appropriate elective units) and decide that you’d like to pursue a career in exercise rehabilitation, you’ll only need to study this course for one year to be eligible to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

80 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

M90

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

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

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

M90

CRICOS code

060854A

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $37,250

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 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

Course Entry

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

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to be assessed for entry by the course coordinator where the student has undertaken prior tertiary study. Students with no prior tertiary study will be assessed by University Admissions.

    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 Diploma or equivalent;
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment.*

    * 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.

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Available for early offer

Year 12 students with a predicted ATAR or completing a Cert IV or a university enabling course can now apply for an early offer of a place on this course.

How to apply

Course Details

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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

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MHS1101Anatomy and Physiology 115
SPS1530Lifespan Growth and Development15
NUT1121Human Nutrition15
SPS1502Biomechanics15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MHS1102Anatomy and Physiology 215
SPS1111Foundations of Fitness and Training15
MAT2107Statistical Research Methods15
SPS1217Functional Anatomy15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS2505Exercise Physiology15
SPS2203Principles and Practices of Resistance Training15
SCH1105Introduction to Pharmacology15
SPS2615Sports Injury Prevention and Management15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS2524Exercise Delivery15
SPS2622
SPS2516Motor Learning and Control15
SCH1104Introduction to Pathophysiology15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS3112Exercise and Sports Science Practicum15
SPS3120Psycho-social Aspects in Physical Activity and Chronic Disease15
SPS2301Exercise Rehabilitation15

Select one (1) unit from recommended electives.

Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS3111Physical Activity and Health15
SPS3604Human Movement - Participation and Inclusion15
SPS3121Professional Skills in Clinical Exercise Physiology15

Select one (1) unit from recommended electives

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS3502Advanced Biomechanics15
SPS3505Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3105Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3333Advanced Motor Control, Learning and Psychology15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS4203Clinical Exercise Physiology: Musculoskeletal20
SPS4116Clinical Exercise Physiology: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary20
SPS4117Clinical Exercise Physiology: Neurological and Neuromuscular20
SPS4126Clinical Exercise Physiology: Practicum40

Note: SPS4126 is a full-year unit.

Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS4504Clinical Exercise Physiology: Cancer and Metabolic Conditions20

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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

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students are required to complete 3 mandatory practicum units as part of their course.
    Mandatory: SPS3112 (140 hours), SPS2524 Exercise Delivery (30 hours), SPS4126 (360 hours).
    Additionally the unit SPS3604 includes 30 hours of work placement.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will undertake 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

    A placement host may have vaccination and other requirements, including vaccination against Covid-19 unless you have a medical exemption. Please consider this requirement before enrolling in this Course, and speak with the Course Coordinator if this raises any concerns. You may not be able to complete placement units if you are unable to meet the placement requirements, which may impact your ability to complete this course.

    Prior to external placements, 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 the clinical placement in the fourth year of study, students are required to submit evidence of the following:

    National Police Clearance Certificate
    National Criminal History Record Check WA Health
    Working with Children Check (where necessary)
    Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    Professional practice rules

    In the fourth year clinical practicum, students may only work within the scope of practice of a Professionally-Accredited Exercise Physiologist and students must conform to the code of conduct of an Professionally-Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

    Immunisation and infection checks in accordance with Department of Health WA policy

Course Learning Outcomes

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

Professional Recognition

Course

Accredited by: Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Students will need to graduate to be eligible to apply for accreditation credentialing with ESSA. Please refer to the 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. 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.

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Fees and Scholarships

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Fees

  • AUD $9,500 - Commonwealth supported estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 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 Calculatorlink opens in new tab to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Fees

  • AUD $37,250 - International students estimated 1st year indicative fee 1
Note

1 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 Calculatorlink opens in new tab 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.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Professionally-Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Rehabilitation Coordinator, Exercise Science Researcher, Compensation & Rehabilitation Officer, Exercise Rehabilitator, Workers' Compensation Officer, Health Care Officer, Occupational Rehabilitation Officer, Work Cover Services Manager, Injury Management Officer

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Student stories

  • Dayn Hedley

    Dayn Hedley

    ECU Exercise Science and Rehabilitation graduate

    I knew I was in the right field

    A key aspect of my course was my 4th year practicum. This is where I knew I was in the right field. The face-to-face experience, the pressure-free learning and endless support from the prac coordinator made my experience amazing. To cap it all off, following graduation I was offered a position at ECU’s Vario Wellness Clinic!

  • 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 renowned in their fields and their current research is in areas that they teach us. This means we are getting the most up-to-date information in the lectures and labs.

  • Tegan Richards

    Tegan Richards

    ECU Exercise & Rehabilitation graduate

    I can now expand my business to include Exercise Physiology and provide clients with better services.

    A change in career led me to an increased interest in physical activity and rehabilitation. After researching different universities, ECU stood out as one of the best. I completed the degree while working for myself as a personal trainer and this was both my greatest challenge AND achievement. I can now expand my business to include Exercise Physiology and provide clients with better services.

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.

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