Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (53J)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Launceston
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Launceston
Semester 1

"In our course we get to learn a lot of theory, so getting to put that theory into practice with elite athletes is a pretty special experience."

Torben Partridge-Madson, Exercise Science Student
Develop an understanding of the basic concepts and sciences of the role physical activity plays in the health of individuals and communities. This course will prepare you to work as exercise scientists, sport scientists or to pursue research or professional/allied health with postgraduate studies.

You learn a wide range of human life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology and psychology as well as their practical application.

Practical placements will help you gain the knowledge and skills to provide assessment, monitoring and program prescription for fitness and exercise in a diverse range of populations from healthy adults to elite athletes.

This is a 3 year course based in Launceston, Tasmania.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to gain accreditation as Exercise Scientists with Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is undergoing accreditation by ESSA at Exercise Scientist level.

As a graduate you may find employment in the private and public sectors or you may also be able to pursue research in exercise science and apply for postgraduate study in areas such as sports science, clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy, and medicine.

  • Develop interventions that are based on critical evaluation of scientific evidence and incorporate physical activity, exercise, education or a combination of these to educate, promote and implement the adoption of physical activity and/or exercise for a healthy life and improve fitness, health and wellbeing at an individual, community or population level.
  • Gather, synthesise, and critically analyse aspects of health, exercise and sport science, and explain why these current aspects are contestable and open to research and further enquiry. And, create, plan and conduct high quality evidence-based exercise and sport science research supported by well-developed reasoning.
  • Convey complex ideas to a range of audiences using a broad range of communication media, including communicating as a professional with clients and colleagues in real-life exercise and sport science situations.
  • Operate responsibly, ethically and effectively both independently and as a team member in real-life exercise and sport science situations.

The Exercise Physiology Clinic in Launceston provides practical educational experiences for our students. Under professional supervision, students undertake exercise assessment, prescription and counselling services to individuals who have been referred by their General Practitioner under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

The Clinic also runs group classes in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Therapeutic Pilates.

Safety in Practice

All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements documentation.

Study overseas at one of our partner institutions

Our international exchange program offers opportunities to study at universities around the world, and it counts towards your degree. Exchange can allow you to have an affordable educational and cultural experience in a foreign country for a semester, or a full year. To facilitate this, we offer a range of scholarships and financial assistance. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP Loans or scholarship funding to assist with their airfares, accommodation and other expenses.

UPDATE (MARCH) 2021: Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Face-to-Face Study Abroad & Exchange programs have been postponed until 2022.

Alternative Virtual Exchange Opportunities can be found on our Virtual Overseas Experiences tab. For more information please contact Global.Mobility@utas.edu.au

Find out more about Student Exchange.

Practical placements help you gain the knowledge and skills to provide assessment, monitoring and program prescription for fitness and exercise.

You will work under professional supervision with experienced industry partners including gyms, sporting organisations, private practice clinics, hospitals, local health districts and aged care facilities. This gives you the hands-on practice that employers value and actively look for in graduates.

Career outcomes

"Don’t rule out anything or think you can’t do it – look at me, I’m 27 and I took the leap to come back to uni and all these opportunities have come my way."

Corey Somerville, Exercise Science student

Career outcomes for graduates may include:

  • State and national sporting academies and institutes
  • Fitness centres or gymnasiums
  • Hospitals or private health practices
  • Allied health assistant
  • Respiratory or sleep technician
  • Medical Sales representative
  • Health/education project officer
  • Sports development officer
Postgraduate study

Graduates may also be able to pursue research in Exercise Science or apply for postgraduate study in areas such as sports science, exercise physiology, and physiotherapy.

Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching may continue their studies with a Master of Teaching.

Professional Recognition

The course will equip students with the fundamental knowledge, skills, capabilities and awareness to qualify as an ESSA accredited Exercise Scientist

Course structure

Semester One

This unit is designed to introduce students to human cells and tissues and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, defence, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine systems in the human body. The unit will include: (a) the basic facts and concepts relating…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 1
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 2
HobartParamedicine Study Period 1
HobartSemester 1
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to introduce you to foundation knowledge relevant to the structure and function of the human body. Concepts in biological chemistry, cell metabolism, microscopy, cell biology and molecular and descriptive genetics will be covered in the unit,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces the determinants of health and wellbeing including lifestyle factors. Students are introduced to the types of measures that are used in reporting health information and the ways in which this information is presented and utilised. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus 1 x Elective Unit
    

Semester Two

This unit is designed to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, and digestive systems of the human body. The regulation of body temperature will also be studied in the unit. The unit will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2
Rozelle - SydneyParamedicine Study Period 2
HobartSemester 2
HobartParamedicine Study Period 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Biochemistry is an important biological science, often referred to as the chemistry of life, because biochemical processes are essential in order for all living organisms (e.g. humans, fish and plants) to exist. It is biochemistry that allows the mechanisms behind…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit sets the foundation for the study of food and its components. It will describe the role and function of macro and micronutrients essential for human health, their digestion and absorption, and relevance for the health of populations and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This introductory unit prepares educators from a variety of disciplines to meet the maturational needs of diverse learners by providing a foundational base of knowledge regarding physical and cognitive development from conception through adulthood, with an emphasis on early childhood…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonWinter school
LauncestonSummer school
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester One

This unit introduces students to the pathological processes underlying various human diseases. Students learn about common pathological conditions, their causes, including environmental factors and their consequences. A group project and presentation allows in-depth study of one disease process, its causes…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the importance of physical activity for good health across the lifespan. Students will learn about the far-reaching effect of various types of physical activity on personal health, and the connection between inactivity and diseases and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the physiological responses to exercise, the physiological adaptations to exercise training and the regulation of exercise performance. Topics covered in this unit include respiratory, cardiac and muscle physiology, the role of the central nervous system in exercise,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an introduction to analysis of human movement. The focus is on functional musculoskeletal anatomy and the physical laws that control motion. The unit focuses both on the application of kinesiology to physical activities of daily living and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

     

Semester Two

This unit provides an overview of the origins and principles of health promotion. Students will develop an understanding of the strategies, methods and theories used in health promotion, to meet the needs of diverse population groups in different social contexts.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit teaches students how to competently and safely plan, conduct and adapt, where necessary, health and exercise assessments based on best practice criteria. Students will also learn how to interpret the results of assessments and communicate findings to the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Upon successful completion of health, exercise and sports prescription the graduate can design, and modify as necessary, safe, appropriate and effective exercise programs, based on best practice, for the apparently healthy population, in a variety of environments that are aligned…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Biomechanics is the study of internal and external forces acting on the human body and the movements produced by these forces. This unit examines basic principles of mechanics applicable to the study of human movement and selected biomechanical techniques available…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester One

This unit extends knowledge related to musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, and neuroscience. Students apply bioscientific understandings, neuroanatomy and motor development to pathological and clinical conditions to examine the use of pain science and movement analysis in exercise science. Students will…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in areas relevant to research in exercise and sports or nutrition sciences. Students will have the opportunity to select a topic of interest from a pre-defined list within their general…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to meet ESSA accreditation criteria in Exercise Physiology in the cardiovascular and pulmonary domains. Students apply foundational knowledge of cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, comorbidities and treatments, safety, risk and capacity monitoring considerations, to design and translate…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The application of psychological principles within physical activity settings has increased dramatically in recent years. Athletes, coaches, teachers, and allied health professions have come to recognise that adherence to psychology principles in the development of their educational programmes results in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    

Semester Two

In this unit you will learn how to provide evidenced-based nutritional advice in relation toexercise, fitness and sporting endeavours. You will learn how and why nutrients andnutritional ergogenics are utilised, including what type, how much, and when they should beconsumed…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to link and complement the student's program of study by introducing them to the work environment. The professional experience placement (PEP) provides students with 140 hours of experience within the Exercise and Sport Science industry. Students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit is designed to meet the new ESSA accreditation criteria in exercise physiology in the Musculoskeletal domain.Students apply foundational knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions / co-morbidities / treatments, risk / capacity / monitoring considerations, injury prevention / rehabilitation principles in…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

A cornerstone to the profession of human movement is an understanding of how people move. The ability to understand and explain how people learn motor skills is at the core of successful physical activity program design. An understanding of the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Entry requirements

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study.

Domestic applicants who recently completed secondary education (completed in the past two years)

Applicants are ranked by ATAR and offers made based on the number of places available. In 2021, the lowest ATAR to receive an offer into this course was 65.35 The lowest ATAR to receive an offer may change from year to year based on the number of applications we receive.

Applicants who have recently completed senior secondary studies but have not received an ATAR may still be eligible for admission. We will consider your subject results on a case-by-case basis when we assess your application.

To be eligible for an offer, you must also meet the subject prerequisites listed below.

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have completed one of

  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation),
  • Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology,
  • Certificate IV in Fitness,
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health,
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support,
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques,
  • Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice,
  • Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support,
  • Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy

OR

Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing).

All applicants must meet the subject prerequisites listed below.

Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Partially completed an undergraduate course at undergraduate level or higher (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points). If an applicant has failed any units the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made

Applicants must also meet the subject prerequisites listed below.

Domestic applicants with work and life experience

This course does not admit students on the basis of work or life experience. You can enquire online for advice on pathways or alternative course options.

Subject Prerequisites

These prerequisites apply to students from all educational backgrounds.

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subject:

  • General Mathematics MTG315120 or equivalent or higher

You can enquire online for information on interstate and international equivalents to the Tasmanian senior secondary subject above. If you have not met this prerequisite, you will need to complete a UTAS foundation unit before you start your course.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

SAFETY IN PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS

This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.

All international students will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements, University General Entry Requirements and any course specific requirements such as pre-requisite subjects, if applicable.

English Language Requirements

This degree requires an IELTS (Academic) of 7.0, with no individual band less than 7.0, or a PTE Academic score of 65, with no score lower than 65 or equivalent.

For students who do not meet the English Language Requirement through citizenship, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last 2 years must be provided. See the English Language Requirements page for more information.

General Entry Requirements

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires the completion of qualifications equivalent to a 12th year of education in Australia.

Please review the equivalent undergraduate entry requirements to see the minimum requirement relevant to your country. The ATAR information for this course is located in the “For Domestic Students” section of the entry requirements on this page.

Applicants are ranked by their academic scores and offers made based on the number of places available.

You can also meet the General Entry Requirement for this course with the following qualifications or prior studies:

  • Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics Specialisation),
  • Certificate IV in Food Science and Technology,
  • Certificate IV in Fitness,
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health,
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support,
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques,
  • Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice,
  • Certificate IV in Hospital/Health Services Pharmacy Support,
  • Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nursing)
  • Complete or incomplete (minimum 25 credit points) of previous tertiary study at Bachelor level or higher

If you do not meet the minimum requirements, we offer the Foundation Studies Program.

Course Specific Requirements

The following course specific requirements must be met to be eligible to study this degree.

To be an eligible for an offer, you must have studies or experience equivalent to a satisfactory achievement in the following Tasmanian Senior Secondary subjects:

  • Mathematics General (MTG315115) or equivalent

If you have not met a required pre-requisite, you will need to complete a University of Tasmania Foundation Studies Program before you start your course.

Safety In practice requirements

This course includes compulsory work placements. All students must meet the course’s Safety in Practice Requirements before their first placement. The safety in practice requirements are completed separately to the course admission application.

Advanced Standing for appropriate studies completed at TAFE and/or other university courses may be granted. Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

This course articulates from the 21A Diploma of University Studies (Health Science).

This course articulates to 54C Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with Clinical Honours, and M4H Bachelor of Health Science with Honours.

If you meet the minimum ATAR but haven't completed the required prerequisite unit(s), we offer Foundation Units to help you bridge the gap. These are offered at no cost to you (HECS-waived) and many run in spring and summer school so you can meet a prerequisite and not delay the start of your Bachelor level studies.

If you do not meet the ATAR, or you are a mature age student and do not meet the General Entry Requirements, you should consider enrolment in the 21A Diploma of University Studies (Health Science).

Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $99,244 AUD*.

Course cost based on a rate of $31,950 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

Domestic
1300 363 864
International
+61 3 6226 6200
Email
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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