Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science

School of Health Sciences, Fremantle Campus

As the Australian population becomes more sedentary, physical activity plays an increasingly important role in community health and wellbeing. Our comprehensive Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science degree examines the implications of physical activity on public health, issues such as rehabilitation and also prepares our students to work with elite athletes.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science examines the implications of physical activity on general health, rehabilitation and elite athletic performance. As part of the degree, you are exposed to a broad range of applications in the exercise and sport sciences and learn how they can be applied in the areas of health promotion, rehabilitation, physical education and elite athletic training.

    The degree is accredited by the national industry body, Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates of an ESSA accredited course are able to work in Australia with athletes and sports teams in the areas of exercise and sports science and strength and conditioning. Further, graduates are able to obtain additional accreditation in strength and conditioning, and a Certificate IV in Health and Fitness so that they are job-ready at the completion of their degree.

  • Program summary

    Three Core Curriculum courses

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Ethics

    21 required courses

    • Academic Research and Writing in Health Sciences
    • Physical Activity and Health
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Human Structure and Function
    • Applications of Functional Anatomy to Physical Education
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Anatomy and Physiology of Body Systems
    • Health Issues and Preventive Approaches
    • Physiology of Training and Environmental Extremes
    • Principles of Strength and Conditioning
    • Exercise Health and Disease
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Data Analysis and Experimental Design
    • Motor Control Development & Learning
    • Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity
    • Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment
    • Exercise Biomechanics
    • Exercise Physiology for Special Populations
    • Advanced Biomechanics
    • Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity
    • The Australian Sports System

    Three electives

    • Three courses chosen from Health Sciences, Behavioural Science, Biomedical Science or Business studies

    Two industry practicum placements

    • Exercise & Sport Science Industry Practicum (150 hours)
    • Exercise & Sport Science Industry Internship (150 hours)

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations & Planner.

  • Program learning outcomes

    At the completion of this course, graduates should be able to:

    1. Interpret and apply knowledge across the sub disciplines of exercise and sport science.
    2. Assess health behaviours and conditions, human movement and skills to evaluate and prescribe exercise programs in healthy populations across a range of exercise settings.
    3. Apply research skills for evidence-based practice that enhances professional knowledge, including the ability to compile, critically evaluate and communicate the scientific rationale for professional decision making and service delivery.
    4. Exemplify professional and ethical standards in practical, interpersonal and theoretical contexts and conduct that is sensitive to client diversity and equity.
    5. Practice within the scope of exercise science training and recognise any need to refer a client to other related health professionals.
    6. Demonstrate capacity as an exercise sports scientist through educational engagement, self -evaluation of practice, inter-professional working relationships and advocacy for exercise science.
    7. Articulate objective and universal truth, appreciate the intrinsic dignity of the human person, and exhibit good intellectual, moral and theological habits.
  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    The HECS-HELP  loan scheme assists eligible students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your HECS-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information on fee places and Government loan schemes, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Health Sciences.

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by the national industry body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates of this course are eligible for registration with ESSA as exercise and sport scientists upon completion of the degree. Further postgraduate study completing the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Science within the School of Health Sciences enables students to become accredited by ESSA as clinical exercise physiologists.

  • Student profile data

    Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

    TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2021 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2021

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study711%
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    • Admitted   on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks &   recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    International students<5N/P
    All students62100.0%


    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offerN/AN/A
    Median rank to receive an offerN/AN/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer



    “<5” – the number of students is less than 5
    N/A – Students not accepted in this category
    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science, please call our Prospective Student Officers on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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