What you will study
The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science addresses both sport and health aspects in its comprehensive approach to the study of exercise. The degree is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) undertaken at the Central Coast campus at Ourimbah.
The first year provides an introduction to exercise and sport science and focuses on general and biological sciences providing you with a strong foundation. In the second and third year, you will specialise in exercise and sport science and work through a series of specific courses including:
- exercise physiology
- sport and exercise psychology
- growth, development and ageing
- motor control and learning
- exercise testing and prescription
- clinical exercise testing and prescription
There are also many other relevant elective courses available that are complementary to exercise and sport science, such as health promotion, psychology, nutrition, pharmacology, physics, statistics, management, research methods and physical education.
You will also be provided with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in the sport and health industry. Through our professional placement program you can apply for placements with professional sporting teams, sports organisations, clinics and hospitals. The placements provide you with an insight into your career prospects and allow you to start building networks in the industry.
The degree has been designed to provide sound theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills for exercise testing and prescription for the purpose of improving sport performance and for general health.
A separate table within the program handbook lists the core courses that must be taken. Most of these courses have assumed knowledge; therefore it is important that you take them in the correct order (i.e. complete all first year courses before beginning second year courses). These courses have been chosen as the most appropriate for this degree and provide the best preparation for the profession.
There is also an Exercise Science Sequence for students who wish to seek membership with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) as an Exercise Scientist when they graduate. This sequence has been closely aligned with ESSA’s requirements and provides the best selection of courses for ESSA membership.
An Honours degree is offered as an additional year to the undergraduate degree. The Honours degree consists of a fourth year of full-time study (one year) or the equivalent part-time study (two years). It consists of a research project on a topic determined in consultation with your research supervisor. Honours also involves a skills development strand to assist you in the development of your research skills and the writing of your research thesis. Honours is highly regarded by potential employers and also provides entry into a research career.
Master and Doctor of Philosophy research degrees are also offered. Please refer to the careers page for further information on current research projects and research interests of exercise and sport science staff.