Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science)

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Course essentials

Become a health and fitness expert in the rapidly growing sports industry. This specialised program leads to a variety of career options in clinical exercise science, rehabilitation, sport science or human movement.

Our state-of-the-art exercise science laboratories and research facilities will enable you to build a comprehensive understanding of the science that underpins health, physical activity and exercise.

Completion of the SIS50213 Diploma of Fitness or SIS50612 Diploma of Sport Development provides an entry point into the Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science).


Job titles

This course could lead to a career as a:

  • exercise physiologist
  • personal fitness trainer
  • exercise and sport scientist in professional sporting group
  • sport nutritionist
  • exercise rehabilitation
  • special populations training - elderly, people with a disability, young
  • community fitness and health services

Organisations employing exercise science graduates

Our graduates find employment at elite sport organisations, leisure centres, community service organisations and even start their own business.


Exercise physiologists have an average salary of A$51,204 (PayScale).

Employment rates

Fitness instructors are in high demand in Australia with employment set to grow strongly in the next five years (Job Outlook).

The sports science industry as a whole has enjoyed significant growth in recent years (Graduate Careers Australia).


VU has strong, unique partnerships with many sporting organisations including the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Bulldogs Football Club.


We offer cadetships with the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm and Maribyrnong College giving you practical experience in a professional sports environment.

Study pathways

If you have completed any of the following course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

SIS50612 - Diploma of Sport Development

You will be credited for 2 units of study.

HLT52015 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate the biological and social scientific knowledge and professional skills that underpin professional practice in the fields of exercise and sport science;  
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise knowledge gathered from exercise and sport science research;  
  3. Exercise judgement to solve routine exercise science problems using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives;  
  4. Operate as an independent and collaborative professional who can communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently;  
  5. Critically apply exercise and sport science knowledge and skills to solve routine problems;  
  6. Adapt legal and ethical frameworks in order to work effectively in socially and culturally diverse communities and contexts;  
  7. Continue to develop a broad and coherent body of professional practice so as to undertake postgraduate studies and research in exercise science and related fields; and  
  8. Through the informed use of elective minor streams, graduates can develop specialist knowledge and skills in physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and resistance training and exercise interventions.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science), students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 Units) of College Core studies
  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 Units) of Professional Core studies
  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of Minor studies from the list below

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Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.
  • Other: Students will require a Working with Children Check and National Police Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site links to obtain additional information:

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Direct applications due 20 July 2017.

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