Intakes: 

2020: February, July

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2020: A$13,700*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

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.

VU's research in human movement and sports science was rated 'well above world standard' by the latest Excellence in Research for Australia assessment.

This specialised program leads to a variety of career options in clinical exercise science, rehabilitation, sport science or human movement.

You'll graduate with excellent foundational knowledge for a professional career in the sport and exercise industry, with key skills in these areas:

  • physiology
  • kinesiology
  • biomechanics
  • exercise psychology.

You can choose your major to match your interests and career goals, from:

  • Sport Performance – analysing and improving performance, health, and participation in sport and exercise.
  • Human Movement – holistic understanding of human movement, particularly in sport and physical activity.
  • Sport Coaching  –  coaching knowledge and skills in community-based coaching, talent identification and athlete–coach development.

Victoria University has been ranked number 12 in the world for sport science (Shanghai Rankings 2018).

Our ground-breaking research, world-class facilities and partnerships with some of the world’s top sporting clubs have rocketed us to this position in 2018–19.

Studying with us means you benefit from all of the opportunities that come with our elite status – learning from academics who are connected with top organisations, researching with national sporting bodies and accessing our cutting-edge sport-science equipment.

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.

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.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Careers in sports science

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.

Salaries

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).

Course structure

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

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units 
  • 48 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. 

SMIAAE Applied Anatomy for Exercise minor is only available to students who undertake SMASPP Sport Performance major.

First Year Core Units

Professional Core Units

Majors

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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.  

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.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

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 (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. For more information see: https://www.police.vic.gov.au and https://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information see: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ and http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

Pathways & credits

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 course. 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 credited for up to 48 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

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 course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Remedial Massage

The Gordon

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Diploma of Sport Development

Sports Education and Development Australia (SEDA)

You will be credited for up to 72 credit points of study.

New Zealand Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Human Performance) (Multi-Sector) (Level 6)

New Zealand Institute of Sport (NZIS)

You will be credited for up to 192 credit points of study.

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.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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