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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Become a sports scientist – work in sports performance developing healthy living and rehabilitation programs. Our new Health and Sports Precinct allows you to focus on practical learning in a hands-on environment, in addition to industry placements.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
View all semester start dates
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 50.00
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 40.00

Our ESSA accredited Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program enables you to develop knowledge and practical skills with core studies in biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and health, whilst pursuing an interest in either applied exercise programming, health or teaching. You will examine key aspects of sport science and learn how to plan, implement and evaluate healthy living and diverse populations.

You will also experience a blended learning approach through face to face delivery in Ballarat or flexible delivery in Gippsland, with workshops and tutorials, online engagement activities and practical learning, supported by our sports facilities in Gippsland, and our new Health and Sports Precinct in Ballarat. Industry placements are also part of the curriculum – a program component that our students love the most.

With support from us, you will gain valuable work experience within a range of exercise science industries both locally and state-wide.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for registration with Exercise and Sport Science Australia, and be able to pursue a variety of career paths. Our graduates have successfully gained employment in high profile organisations including the NBA, NFL, AFL, NRL and Super Netball.

If you wish to progress to further study, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is a pathway to coursework masters degrees including a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Master of Strength and Conditioning and Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Discover more about the School of Science, Psychology and Sport, and our commitment to providing you with a high quality education, using state of the art facilities, coupled with exceptional learning experiences with dedicated staff.

  • Sports scientist
  • Health promotion officer
  • Exercise programmer
  • Performance analyst
  • Rehabilitation programmer
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Exercise scientist
  • Exercise physiologist

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

EXSCI1702, 15 credit points
EXSCI1703, 15 credit points
HEALT1705, 15 credit points

Semester 2

Year 2

Semester 1

EXSCI2008, 15 credit points
EXSCI2171, 15 credit points
EXSCI2172, 15 credit points

Semester 2

EXSCI2173, 15 credit points
EXSCI2175, 15 credit points
EXSCI3171, 15 credit points
(ExeRehabilitation, MTeaching or SScience)

Year 3

Semester 1

EXSCI3172, 15 credit points
HEALT2174, 15 credit points
HMPRC3170, 15 credit points
(ExeRehabilitation, MTeaching or SScience)

Semester 2

EXSCI3002, 15 credit points
EXSCI3177, 15 credit points
(ExeRehabilitation, MTeaching or SScience)

Approximately 16-20 hours per week

Students complete a total of 250 placement hours during second and third year.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics;
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR
If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Minimum Requirements:
Applicants who have not completed secondary education or undertaken any TAFE or University studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700537651 (Mt Helen), 3701337651 (Flexible Delivery - Gippsland)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: PX5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science you can consider applying for the following programs:

  • A Bachelor degree in a related field.
  • It is recommended that you also undertake additional work to enhance your application including: working in a sports related field in a paid employment and/or voluntary capacity, or obtaining additional qualifications (coaching certificate, lifesaving course etc.).
  • You may complete a Single Subject Enrolment in a related field.
  • Negotiated Offers will be accepted through VTAC.

Important to note:

Following these suggestions will not guarantee a place into this program. There are specific entry requirements to meet the expected standards of the external regulation bodies. You must complete the additional details form, to give selection officers an indication of your academic capacity and suitability to the relevant program and profession.

Our one semester Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science for the next intake.

Further study options

This program is fully accreditated with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). 

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Exercise & Sport Science

Course coordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Dominic McNeil
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland - Mathew O'Grady
Lindy Hall