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Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) provides you with the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required to deliver exercise and behaviour change strategies for the prevention and management of chronic disease. Graduates are eligible for both exercise science and exercise physiology accreditation through Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

As an exercise physiology student, you will train in the assessment of physical and functional capacity, the identification of risks and the design of targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs. 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 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.

Through over 500 hours of clinical experience 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. Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as both an exercise physiologist and exercise scientist through Exercise and Sport Science Australia. As an accredited exercise physiologist, 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.

Why study with us?

  1. Global outlook: Join an influential community of students, staff and alumni who lead and shape healthcare delivery around the world. As a student, you can undertake study in many parts of the world.
  2. Leading clinical partners: Gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of top-tier hospitals and primary and community healthcare facilities across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.
  3. Experts: Learn from highly respected researchers, practitioners and clinicians who are dedicated to teaching the next generation of leaders.
  4. Multidisciplinary focus: We prepare graduates with specialist and generalist healthcare knowledge and skills. The changing healthcare system needs workers who understand the bigger picture and know that solutions often require health professionals working together.
  5. Cutting-edge facilities: Learn in our purpose-built laboratories, on-site health clinics and use high-calibre equipment across our dedicated health facilities.
  6. Research strength: Our people and our work are shaping the national and international health and social policy agendas. We have a broad range of research strengths and are world leaders in allied health and education.
  7. Leadership development program: Our leadership development program provides all undergraduate and graduate entry masters students access to mentoring programs and opportunities to improve their leadership skills, giving them the best possible start in the employment market.
  8. Student support: In this large and diverse university, we ensure you get the support you need to succeed in your studies. At Cumberland Campus, Yooroang Garang provides a range of support programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to support their study on campus.

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in exercise physiology.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) course does not have a fixed ATAR for guaranteed entry. 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.

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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.

Year 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

Year 2

  • Movement Analysis
  • Exercise Training: Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Pyschology of Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Exercise Programming and Delivery
  • Physical Activity and Society
  • Anatomical Analysis of Exercise
  • Two electives

Year 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

Year 4

  • Exercise Physiology in Clinical Cases 2 and 3
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal
  • Clinical Practice Unit A, B and C
  • Professional Reflections in Exercise Physiology

Units of Study

Transition to Camperdown

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

For example, the following units of study will be taught at Camperdown/Darlington campus in 2019. For further information about unit of study teaching location, please refer to the Health Sciences Handbook.

Year

Unit of study

 

Year 1

BIOS1167 Foundations of Biomedical Science

BIOS1168 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

HSBH1003 Health, Behaviour and Society

Semester 1

BIOS1169 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy B

BIOS1170 Body Systems: Structure and Function

Semester 2

Year 2

BIOS1171 Neuroscience

Semester 1

Year 3

All units of study based at Cumberland campus

Semester 1 and Semester 2

Year 4

Some elective units may be offered at Camperdown campus

Semester 1

Completion requirement

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and chemistry for both domestic and international applicants.

Applying for honours

Entry to the Honours program is at the beginning of the third year of the undergraduate program. Applications open in Semester 2, Year 2.

Eligibility for admission is based on performance during Years 1 and 2 of the pass degree. Selection of students into the Honours program is competitive, and based on the student's Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65. Students must also maintain at least a credit average over the course of the Honours program.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

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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.

Inherent Requirements

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements.

Course opportunities

Across the four-year course you will engage in over 500 hours of clinical experience working with a range of different clients in numerous settings such as gyms, hospitals and on-site clinics. You will be trained in the assessment of physical and functional capacity, the identification of risks and the design of targeted, functional and sustainable exercise programs.

Graduates of this degree will be eligible to apply for accreditation as an exercise physiologist through Exercise and Sport Science Australia (subject to approval). Accredited exercise physiologists can provide exercise services under Medicare, WorkCover, private health insurance funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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 Physiology) course is accredited at the level of exercise science and exercise physiology by the National Universities Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Graduates are eligible for both exercise science and exercise physiology accreditation by ESSA. Exercise Physiologists are professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise and behaviour change for the prevention and management of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, depressions, cancer, arthritis and many more.

Accredited Exercise physiologists are eligible to provide services under Medicare, the Department of Veterans Affairs, WorkCover and private health insurance funds.

Matthew Craig

Graduate 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." 

Future study options

Outstanding candidates are eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research offered in the faculty: Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Applied Science . The groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty members has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of local, national and global communities.

Career pathways

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) have broad employment opportunities. Examples include exercise rehabilitation, prevention and management of chronic diseases, medical scientist, community health promotions, occupational health and safety and injury prevention (occupational ergonomics), sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach or trainer, and fitness industry, personal fitness promotion.

Future study options

Outstanding candidates are eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research offered in the faculty: Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Applied Science . The groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty members has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the health and quality of life of local, national and global communities.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) have broad employment opportunities. Examples include exercise rehabilitation, prevention and management of chronic diseases, medical scientist, community health promotions, occupational health and safety and injury prevention (occupational ergonomics), sport scientist, strength and conditioning coach or trainer, and fitness industry, personal fitness promotion.

Career information for UAC

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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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, protected 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 an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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