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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) provides students with the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required to deliver exercise and behaviour change strategies for the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

Exercise physiologists specialise in the delivery of exercise and behaviour change for the prevention and management of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, depression, cancer and arthritis.

During this four year degree you will develop competency in the assessment of physical and functional capacity, the identification of risks and the design of targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology, including areas such as musculoskeletal anatomy, muscle mechanics and training, the biomechanics of human movement, neuroscience, nutrition, rehabilitation, and exercise testing and prescription.

This flexible degree offers you the chance to study a wide range of electives alongside your core subjects. This allows you to meet the requirements for professional registration as well as experience a broad range of subjects from across the university.

Through clinical experience, you will also learn how to apply your knowledge and gain significant practical experience, working with a range of different clients in numerous settings such as gyms, hospitals and on-site clinics.

Why study with us?

  • You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  • You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  • With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  • Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  • We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  • We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics.
  • 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.

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) course is a 4 year-full time degree which consists of 156 credit points of core units of study and 36 credit points of elective units of study. Electives can be chosen from a range of specialised units of study, from the Open Learning Environment and from across the University.

Through over 500 hours of clinical placement you will learn to apply your knowledge and gain significant practical experience, working with a range of different clients in numerous settings such as gyms, hospitals and on-site clinics.

Units of Study

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 Physiology) 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 Physiology) 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.

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Sample study plan

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)

Year    Unit of study 
1   Introduction to Exercise Science
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology
Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A
Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B
Body Systems: Structure and Function
Principles of Biomechanics
Elective
2   Movement Analysis
Exercise Training: Physiology and Biochemistry
Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity
Exercise Programming and Delivery
Physical Activity and Society
Anatomical Analysis of Exercise
Two electives
3   Advanced Exercise Programming and Delivery
Practicum in Exercise Science 1
Nutrition for Exercise and Health
Fundamental Musculoskeletal
Practicum in Exercise Science 2
Exercise Physiology in Clinical Cases 1
Motor Control and Learning
Elective
4   Exercise Physiology in Clinical Cases 2 and 3
Advanced Musculoskeletal
Clinical Practice Unit A, B and C
Professional Reflections in Exercise Physiology

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and chemistry for both domestic and international applicants.

Admission criteria

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

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) 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.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. The University will make reasonable adjustments to assist students in meeting the inherent requirements.

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

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 Physiology) is currently under consideration for qualifying accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) at the level of exercise science and exercise physiology. Accredited exercise physiologists are eligible to provide services under Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs, WorkCover and private health insurance funds.

Following course completion and successful accreditation with ESSA as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), you will have the opportunity to work across all sectors of healthcare, including cardiac rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, mental health, long-term rehabilitation following spinal cord injury, ageing, occupational rehabilitation and programs for people with an intellectual disability.

Career pathways

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) have broad employment opportunities. Popular career paths include:

  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Prevention and management of chronic diseases
  • Medical scientist
  • Community health promotion
  • Occupational health and safety and injury prevention (occupational ergonomics)
  • Sport scientist
  • Strength and conditioning coach or trainer
  • Fitness industry
  • Personal fitness promotion

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.

Honours is available to exercise physiology students as an integrated pathway through the final three semesters of the degree. Students will receive an invitation from an academic coordinator to express their interest during the second semester of their second year.

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

Future study options

Graduates who do not choose the honours pathway and wish to further their study in this area may consider a higher degree by research including the Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Applied Science.

Matthew Craig

Student profile

Matthew Craig

"I have a love of sport and exercise, as well as a desire to help people. The wide range of subjects and clinical placements that I have undertaken has allowed me to gain a better idea of what areas I may be interested in working in post graduation.

I am really enjoying the relaxed, friendly nature of the faculty, and the reputation and experience of the majority of the staff." 

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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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