Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
4 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Aim for a career supporting community health, and helping athletes achieve their best. Our double degree in sport and psychological studies gives you specialised understanding of the human body and mind.

The Bachelor of Sport Science (Human Movement)/Bachelor of Psychological Studies includes subjects in the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities. It prepares you for a career in the sport and exercise professions, with a focus on psychology.

You’ll acquire knowledge and skills for rewarding work in the following areas:

  • exercise and sport science
  • rehabilitation
  • community fitness and health
  • sport policy
  • psychological counselling.

VU has world-class facilities, including sports labs to study biomechanics and physiology, and interaction labs for counselling practice.

You’ll also benefit from extensive work experience with sporting and community organisations.

With further graduate study, you can become a registered psychologist or teacher.

The College of Sport & Exercise Science has a $68 million high-technology teaching and research facility at Footscray Park.

Our 29 new labs are fitted with the latest technology and equipment. They are used by professional sports team and community organisations. Facilities include biomechanics, biochemistry, and exercise physiology labs, and our Altitude Hotel.

Learn from expert staff, including researchers in the Institute of Sport, Exercise Science & Active Living (ISEAL). Our research in sports science achieved ‘well above world standard’ in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

We offer placement programs during your degree which give you invaluable work experience and industry contacts.

You’ll complete a compulsory 70-hour placement in second year and/or a 140-hour placement in the final year of your degree.

Placements are hosted by 350 different organisations in the following fields:

  • sport and exercise science
  • sport management
  • sport coaching
  • recreation
  • outdoor education.

Our Career Development & Employability program is designed to help you choose your career direction, and to teach you to market yourself.

We have over 200 partnerships and affiliations with peak sporting bodies, professional and community sporting clubs, and groups that focus on public health and education.

Our partnerships give you the best possible opportunities and networks to advance your career.

Partner organisations offer you placements and internships in Australia, and contacts within the industry to help you find a dream job on graduation.

Our Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program supports secondary-school students to achieve their aspirations in sport. It is available to all secondary-school students and their teachers.

The SARIP program offers a sport-based curriculum supporting students’ study in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). If you’re a student with a passion for sport, it gives you invaluable experience and industry links. You’ll be offered a pathway to additional qualifications, tertiary study and workplace opportunities.

As part of the SARIP program, students come to VU to participate in physiology and biomechanics testing and other exciting projects.

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Learn in our cutting-edge labs when you study the Bachelor of Sport Science (Human Movement) / Bachelor of Psychological Studies.

Careers in sport and psychology

Graduates will have the skills to work in many areas, including the following:

  • exercise and sport sciences
  • fitness
  • athlete counselling
  • coaching
  • welfare
  • community services
  • human resources.

With an added postgraduate qualification, you can become a registered psychologist, teacher or social worker.

Salaries

The following are average Australian salaries:

  • sports coaches, instructors and officials, A$60,800 (JobOutlook)

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Sport Science (Human Movement) / Bachelor of Psychological Studies, students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units
  • 48 credit points Core units
  • 240 credit points of Professional Core units

First Year Core Units

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

12 credit points (equivalent to 1unit) of psychological studies elective units from the list provided.

Year 4, Semester 1

12 credit points (equivalent to 1unit) of psychological studies elective units from the list provided.

Year 4, Semester 2

PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES ELECTIVE LIST

24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of psychological studies elective units from the list below.

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of training and conditioning needs, program design, service delivery, performance evaluation, barriers to participation and relevant sport and exercise science principles, with advanced specialist knowledge within the discipline of psychological studies;  
  2. Critically analyse theoretical and technical knowledge in diverse contexts, and adapt and apply related counselling and psychological skills to the effective and professional delivery of sport, exercise and active recreation programs;  
  3. Critically review and apply information with initiative and judgement in order to both anticipate and creatively solve problems related to the delivery of sport, exercise, and active recreation services in contemporary settings;  
  4. Exhibit professional judgment, ethical standards, and social sensitivity by adapting knowledge and skills to make decisions, either individually or collaboratively, that provide inclusive, sustainable, and culturally relevant sport, exercise, and active recreation experiences;  
  5. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals with a view to implementing creative strategies to promote lifelong learning, and establishing pathways for the attainment of further professional development and educational training;  
  6. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies, work-group skills, and leadership abilities to the professional delivery of exercise, fitness and conditioning programs. This will be done while also accommodating the divergent and complex cultures of Australia and other regions around the world; and  
  7. Contribute to the organisation and delivery of sport, exercise, and active recreation programs with personal accountability, integrity, and social responsibility for outcomes, and do it through dynamic 21st Century work-teams that use resources efficiently, provide high levels of participant satisfaction, and deliver widespread social utility.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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).
    OR
    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 with a minimum study score of 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), 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.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), 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.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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