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B-EXSPRHB

Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor degree

Gain the expertise to deliver exercise programs for health and wellbeing, athletic performance, and the prevention of injury and disease.

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Course outline
  • ATAR

    ATAR

    Minimum ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
  • Duration

    Duration

    3 years full-time
  • Credit

    Credit

    600
  • CRICOS

    CRICOS

    077744A
  • Location

    Location

    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2026

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

Course outline

What can I do with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science

First step to becoming an exercise physiologist

This course is a stepping stone to a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and a career as an accredited exercise physiologist.

A meaningful career

Contribute to society by improving individual and community health, enhancing athletic performance and promoting active lifestyles.

Interpersonal skills

Gain strong interpersonal communication skills, which are key attributes of person-centred care and practice.

Exercise and Sport Science

Outline

Outline

Exercise scientists help people prevent and recover from injury and disease, help maximise athlete performance, and promote wellbeing and healthy ageing. They use a person-centred approach to educate individuals and communities about the benefits of exercise and encourage lifelong positive exercise behaviours.

In this course, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills within each of the foundational pillars of exercise science: biomechanics, physiology, psychology, behaviour change, and motor control and learning.

In your first year of study, you’ll gain foundational knowledge and skills. In your second and third years, you’ll delve deeper into each pillar of exercise science. In your final year, you’ll apply your expertise in real-world settings.

Your professional practice experience will include at least 140 hours at our site at Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre and through one of our industry partnerships – which span elite sport, strength and conditioning, corporate health, clinical exercise physiology and paediatric exercise.

This is a practical course and active participation in practical classes is essential. Please note that some practical classes involve disrobing, as well as palpation of muscles and bony landmarks for learning anatomy and skills such as anthropometry.

Further study

High-performing students may apply to complete an honours degree. An honours program involves managing a research project to contribute to scientific knowledge, while experiencing working as an exercise or sport scientist.

For high-performing students, the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) is also the stepping stone to our Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology – which will broaden your capabilities and enable you to use exercise to treat chronic conditions.

What jobs can the Exercise and Sport Science course lead to?

Careers

  • Fitness and performance consultant
  • Exercise scientist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Corporate health consultant
  • Health and fitness assessor
  • Workplace wellbeing coordinator
  • Sport developer
  • Preventative health / early intervention expert
  • Health promotion consultant
  • Cardiac technician (preventative health and early intervention)

Industries

  • Sport and recreation
  • Healthcare
  • Aged care
  • Business
  • Defence
  • Government
  • Industrial, resources and mining
  • Research and development

What you'll learn

  • integrate discipline knowledge and evidence-based approaches to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities through exercise.
  • demonstrate cultural competence and ethics in exercise promotion, prescription and delivery in the local and global context.
  • appraise current and emerging technologies that are relevant to the field of exercise science and human performance.
  • formulate creative solutions to contemporary issues impacting exercise science and human performance.
  • select effective ways to communicate ideas related to exercise science and human performance, that enhances client participation, choice and decision making.
  • demonstrate ethical personal autonomy and interprofessional practice when collaborating with diverse groups, industries and stakeholders.
  • challenge personal and professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, and the impact of these on the provision of exercise and human performance services.

Why study Exercise and Sport Science

Enhanced student experiences

Experience authentic learning experiences and practical placements, led by a team recognised for their outstanding contribution to student learning.

Led by experts

Curtin ranks 10th in the world and 1st in Western Australia for Sport Science Schools and Departments.

Source: ShanghaiRanking 2023

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

I love that this course is very practical and hands-on. We don’t spend a lot of time in classrooms, but are instead actively applying theory in different contexts.

I’ve also undertaken practical placement with Australia’s hockey teams, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos, which was an amazing experience.

Emily Fernandez

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.5

Speaking

6.5

Reading

6.5

Listening

6.5

Overall band score

7

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Full-time and part-time study options are available.

The course has two intakes each year. Starting mid-year will increase the duration of the course to 3.5 years regardless of CRL.

You must hold a current first aid and CPR qualification and comply with immunisation requirements throughout the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.5

Speaking

6.5

Reading

6.5

Listening

6.5

Overall band score

7

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Full-time and part-time study options are available.

The course has two intakes each year. Starting mid-year will increase the duration of the course to 3.5 years regardless of CRL.

You must hold a current first aid and CPR qualification and comply with immunisation requirements throughout the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

  • STAT entry

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.5

Speaking

6.5

Reading

6.5

Listening

6.5

Overall band score

7

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Full-time and part-time study options are available.

The course has two intakes each year. Starting mid-year will increase the duration of the course to 3.5 years regardless of CRL.

You must hold a current first aid and CPR qualification and comply with immunisation requirements throughout the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

  1. To switch into this course, you need to have:
    A course weighted average (CWA) and/or semester weighted average (SWA) of at least 60% in your most recent studies

UniReady

  1. A Course Weighted Average (CWA) of 60% or higher

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to those who are switching courses from another higher education course provider. 

Please check our general admission criteria.   

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.5

Speaking

6.5

Reading

6.5

Listening

6.5

Overall band score

7

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Full-time and part-time study options are available.

The course has two intakes each year. Starting mid-year will increase the duration of the course to 3.5 years regardless of CRL.

You must hold a current first aid and CPR qualification and comply with immunisation requirements throughout the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of university admission. Choose the support you need from the options below.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

2024 Fee year:

$9,900*

Commonwealth supported

Commonwealth supported

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

To be eligible for the Commonwealth supported fee:

  • Australian citizens must complete some of their course of study while residing in Australia.
  • Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens must be residing in Australia for the entire course.

For further information on eligibility please refer to the Australian Government Study Assist website.

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

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2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2026

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-EXSPRHB
  • CRICOS code: 077744A
  • Last updated on: 13 June 2024

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