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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

Find out more about the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

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Overview

Please note this information relates to 2020 intake and beyond

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) develops the skills to integrate exercise and physical activity with disease prevention and the promotion of good health, rehabilitation, nutrition and sports performance.

Students will have the opportunity to include elective units throughout their degree or to take a major or minor sequence from another discipline area within the University to complement their major in exercise science. 

As an exercise and sport science student, you will learn how to integrate exercise and physical activity with health, sports performance and disease prevention. Exercise scientists help people recover from injury, maximise the performance of elite athletes, promote healthy ageing and generally improve people's health and wellbeing.

During this three year degree, your studies will cover all aspects of exercise and sport science, including musculoskeletal anatomy, body systems, muscle mechanics and training, neuroscience, nutrition, exercise testing and prescription, and motor control and learning.

This program incorporates significant clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities, providing hands-on experience with real clients in a supervised industry placement. 

Why study with us?

  1. You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  2. You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  3. With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  4. Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  5. We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  6. We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics.
  7. In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

Subject areas

As part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) you will complete a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Physical Activity and Health.

Shared pool

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) provides the opportunity to extend your knowledge by completing the optional Physical Activity and Health major, or to expand your expertise in other disciplines by choosing a minor or electives from the Shared Pool.

Admission, fees and how to apply

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) is a three-year full-time degree which consists of 16 core and 8 elective units of study.

You will complete 144 credit points to be awarded the degree. You will be able to complete a second major or minor from the shared pool, or to put together your own selection of units from more than 2500 available across the university.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) with a minor from Table S

Year    

Semester 1

Semester 2

1

Introduction to Exercise Science

Principles of Biomechanics

 

Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology

Body Systems: Structure and Function

 

Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B

 

Elective 1

Elective 2

2

Movement Analysis

Psychology of Exercise & Physical Activity

 

Exercise Training: Physiology and Biochemistry

Exercise Programming and Delivery

 

Elective 3

Physical Activity and Society

 

Elective 4

Elective 5

3

Practicum in Exercise Science 1

Practicum in Exercise Science 2

 

Advanced Exercise Programming and Delivery

Motor Control and Learning

 

Nutrition for Exercise and Health

Elective 7

 

Elective 6

Elective 8

Transition to Camperdown

We're moving to Camperdown campus in 2021, and we've begun the transition.

In 2020, students commencing the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) will have classes at both the Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Classes will be timetabled to allow students with a standard enrolment pattern to come to a single campus each day, where possible.

It is intended that the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) will be taught from new facilities on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus from 2021.

For further information about unit of study teaching locations, please refer to the Health Sciences Handbook.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course does not have a guaranteed ATAR. The ATAR information provided is an indication only and the actual required ATAR for entry may be higher or lower depending on student demand and availability of places in the course each year. 

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Course opportunities

Professional fieldwork is an integral part of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science). The purpose of the professional field experience program is to apply theoretical knowledge to practice in a variety of community settings. Practical experience is also a requirement for membership of the professional body for Australian exercise scientists (Exercise and Sport Science Australia).

In addition, eligible candidates have the opportunity to take part in the FHS Abroad program which involves academic study and a four to six week placement with non-government organisations and other development agencies in one of a small number of countries in South and South East Asia. This 6 credit point elective unit of study is available to candidates in their senior years and offers a hands-on understanding of global health challenges in an overseas community through work with two well established Australian volunteer agencies.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) is currently under consideration for qualifying accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the level of exercise science.

As an exercise scientist accredited in Australia, graduates enjoy the privilege of being qualified within a country that possesses an outstanding reputation in this field. Graduates have the opportunity to utilise principles such as biomechanics, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and gait analysis to evaluate and improve the performance of a diverse range of clients.

Career Pathways

  • sport industry
  • fitness industry
  • health industry
  • occupational health and safety
  • public health
  • rehabilitation
  • research and technology
  • education
  • medical insurance

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) course meets the prerequisite requirements for admission to postgraduate study at the University of Sydney in medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, public health, safety science, and education.

Honours

Honours can broaden your career options and is your pathway to a higher degree by research in the health sciences. Honours study allows you to specialise in an area of personal interest, develop your research skills and make a significant contribution to the development of knowledge within the profession. You will study under the supervision of an academic staff member.

For students commencing study from 2020, Honours will be available as part of the 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Exercise and Sport Science).

For students who commenced study prior to 2020, Honours is available as an additional year of study after you complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science). 

Entry into honours is competitive and based on students' past academic performance. For more information about honours, see our honours website.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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