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M89 Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science)

This course prepares students for professional roles in a variety of positions in the private, corporate and government sectors which require personnel with high levels of competence in the area of Exercise and Sports Science. Graduates have successful careers in speciality areas such as exercise rehabilitation, sports administration, physical education teaching, sports coaching, exercise science and strength and conditioning.  Nutrition, health promotion, human performance, human biology, sports management, occupational health and safety are available to be studied as supporting majors, minors and electives. The Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) professional accreditation is also available to be studied as a major. Following completion of both this degree and the ESSA major students may gain accreditation as an 'Exercise Scientist' and membership with ESSA.

Course Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.


Students specialising in Exercise and Sports Science must complete sixteen core units (240 credit points) in Exercise and Sports Science.  In addition, they must complete eight units (120 credit points) by selecting one of the following eight unit sequences:


1.     An eight unit supporting major from a selected area.


2.     A six unit minor study (from a selected area) plus two electives.


If students are considering entry into the fourth year ESSA Accredited Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science and Rehabilitation) degree, they must complete both the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) degree plus the ESSA Major. The Exercise Science and Rehabilitation degree enables graduates to gain accreditation as an 'Exercise Physiologist' through ESSA (see


If students are considering entry into the post graduate Master of Physiotherapy programme, they must complete both the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) degree plus the ESSA Major (pre-physiotherapy stream). 




Standard university admission requirements.

This course is available on Joondalup Campus.
This course is available by Full-time, or Part-time mode.
This course is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.

The course consists of 240 credit points (16 core) Exercise and Sports Science units, plus an eight unit Supporting Major or six unit Minor, plus two Electives – 120 credit points (8 units).

To complete the degree students must achieve a total of 360 credit points.

Semester 1
EBH1101 Human Anatomy 15
EBH1102 Human Physiology 15
SPS2202 Care and Prevention of Injuries 15
Minor 1 or Supporting Major 1
Semester 2
SPS1104 Principles of Exercise Programming 15
SPS1108 Foundations of Social Psychology 15
NUT1121 Human Nutrition 15
Minor 2 or Supporting Major 2
Semester 1
SPS2203 Principles and Practices of Resistance Training 15
SPS2103 Sports Biomechanics 1 15
SPS2201 Physiology of Exercise 1 (Cardiorespiratory) 15
Minor 3 or Supporting Major 3
Semester 2
SPS2107 Acquisition of Skill 15
SPS2122 Exercise and Sports Science Practicum 15
SPS2301 Exercise Rehabilitation 15
Minor 4 or Supporting Major 4
Semester 1
SPS3101 Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15
SPS3303 Motor Control 15
Minor 5 or Supporting Major 5
Elective 1 or Supporting Major 6
Semester 2
SPS3204 Sports Biomechanics 2 15
SPS3301 Physiology of Exercise 2 (Applied Physiology) 15
Minor 6 or Supporting Major 7
Elective 2 or Supporting Major 8

Students choosing to undertake a Supporting Major Study program will complete a prescribed set of eight units in their chosen second major area. Examples include:

ESSA Exercise and Sports Science Professional Accreditation (streams available for; Exercise Science, Clinical Exercise Physiology or Pre-Physiotherapy)
Human Performance
Health Promotion
Human Biology
Biomedical Science
Occupational Health and Safety

Students choosing to undertake a Minor Study plus Electives program will complete a prescribed set of six units offered by the School of Exercise and Health Sciences or another School or Faculty, plus two electives. Examples include:

Health Promotion
Human Biology
Human Performance
Sports Management (4 units only)
Occupational Health&Safety
Physical Activity&Health

Other areas may be selected with the approval of the course coordinator.

140 hours INDUSTRY PRACTICE is incorporated into the unit SPS2122 Exercise and Sports Science Practicum. This practicum is designed to provide students with experience of the day-to-day operation of various health, exercise and sporting agencies in the community. All students are required to undertake industry practice during the course as determined by the Course Coordinator in association with participating agencies.
Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes, Graduate Attributes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website:

Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2012 VET: 15/03/2012