Bachelor of Sport Science

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  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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  • are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • do not hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa; and
  • are not a New Zealand citizen; and
  • hold a temporary visa.

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Course essentials

Join Australia's leading sport university and gain the very best knowledge for a professional career in the sport and exercise industry.

If you're passionate about health and fitness, get moving towards an exciting career in the rapidly growing sports industry through VU's Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science).

You'll graduate with excellent foundational knowledge for a professional career in the sport and exercise industry, learning key skills in physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our $68m high-technology Sport and Learning Precinct at our Footscray Park Campus is designed to help you get the most out of your course, and supports VU's world-class teaching and research.

The precinct features:

  • a high altitude 'hotel'
  • exercise physiology labs
  • biomechanics labs
  • heat chambers
  • integrated teaching and learning facilities.

Partnerships & placements

Our College of Sport and Exercise Science has practical workplace learning opportunities with a network of over 350 sport industry employers.

Our strong emphasis on student-centred learning means you'll have unparalleled opportunities to undertake field placements and cadetships with elite and community sport teams, including the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm and Maribyrnong College Elite Sports Academy.


Our graduates gain employment at elite sport organisations, leisure centres and community service organisations – with some even starting their own business.

The course can lead to a career in:

  • exercise physiology
  • personal fitness training
  • exercise and sport science within a professional sporting group
  • sport nutrition
  • sports data analysis
  • athlete talent identification and development
  • performance coaching
  • special populations training - elderly, people with a disability, youth
  • community fitness and health services.


Employment for fitness instructors, sport coaches, instructors and officials in Australia rose very strongly over the last five years and is expected to continue growing very strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).  

Exercise physiologists have an average annual salary of $52,987 (PayScale). The average annual earnings of a sport coach, instructor or official is $60,788 (Job Outlook).

Study pathways

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 field of sport science;  
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise knowledge gathered from sport science research;  
  3. Exercise judgement and apply knowledge to solve routine sport 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. Adapt legal and ethical frameworks in order to work effectively in socially and culturally diverse communities and contexts; and,  
  6. Continue to develop a broad and coherent body of professional practice so as to undertake postgraduate studies and research in sport science and related fields.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Business, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points College Core units 
  • 96 credit points Professional Core units 
  • 96 credit points Major studies selected from the approved list. 
  • 48 credit points Minor studies selected from the approved list.  

Minors not available for students completing the Sport Performance Major are:-

  • SMIABK Advanced Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • SMIAPR Advanced Physiology and Prescription

Minors not available for students completing the Human Movement Major are:-

  • SMISPM Sport Management

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College Core

Professional Core



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: 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).
    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: 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 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

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