Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

Become a sports scientist. Work in sports performance. Promote healthy living to communities. Help injured people through rehabilitation. With your degree at FedUni, your learning will be hands-on using our new Sport and Recreation Centre and placements in the industry.
Ballarat - Mt Helen, Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Entry requirements
Year 12 applicants will be ranked based on their ATAR and ATAR Adjustment Factors – e.g. Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and Subject Adjustments.
3 years
(360 credit points = EFTSL)
Semester 1 and Semester 2

Become a sports scientist. Work in sports performance. Promote healthy living to communities. Help injured people through rehabilitation. With your degree at FedUni, your learning will be hands-on using our new Sport and Recreation Centre and placements in the industry. In addition to the core subjects, you'll also specialise in your choice of exercise rehabilitation, health or teaching. Not only will you learn how to plan, implement and evaluate programs for athletes, but also for the general population.

Our students love the amount of practical hours in this degree, where you are out in the industry learning from professionals. We also support you to get work experience throughout your degree to put your skills into action.

Your subjects include health studies, injury prevention and motor control. This program contains compulsory online courses. When you graduate, you can apply for registration with Exercise and Sport Science Australia and other relevant sports organisations. You may even join our other graduates who've worked at Tennis Australia, Hockey Victoria and the Australian Football League.

Or you may decide to continue your studies in exercise rehabilitation and exercise physiology with a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology or a Master of Strength and Conditioning - or into teaching with a Master of Teaching.

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

In addition, the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree will provide you with an appropriate background for entry into programs of further study within the health field. If you are interested the field of exercise rehabilitation and exercise physiology, the degree provides a pathway for further study through the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and the Master of Strength and Conditioning.

Or should you be interested in teaching, you can select a minor stream that will enable entry into a Master of Teaching.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact FedUni 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 FedUni for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

View Current subject information and cost.

Year 1

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

EXSCI1701, 15 credit points
EXSCI1704, 15 credit points
HEALT1112, 15 credit points
HEALT1706, 15 credit points

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

Semester 2

EXSCI3002, 15 credit points
EXSCI3174, 15 credit points
HEALT2174, 15 credit points
(ExeRehabilitation, MTeaching or SScience)

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

CRICOS code: 063657D

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students (2020) and recent secondary graduates (2019 and 2018)


  • 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 (FAST).


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

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

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

Approximately 16-20 hours per week

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative annual fee

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

If what you have learned at work, from other courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this course, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. For further details contact FedUni on 1800 333 864.

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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.
  • Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study.Certificate IV in Fitness / Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice. 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.

Further study options


The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science has been awarded qualifying accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and progressing towards meeting full accreditation requirements in 2019.

  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
  • Australian Injury Prevention Network (AIPN)
  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)
  • Physical Activity Australia (PAA)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)

Upon graduating you may be eligible for full membership with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and Level 1 Accreditations with other relevant sports organisations.


Minimum of 250 hours of industry placement in a variety of areas and organisations. These placements can be undertaken on an ongoing part-time basis or as full-time block placements over 2-3 weeks.

Professional practice builds a bridge between theory and practice. It enables you to apply knowledge and skills acquired throughout your studies in different sport and health industry settings.

Throughout the three years you will be encouraged and expected to undertake professional practice in a variety of areas and organisations to enable you to identify and develop the appropriate skills and competencies required to work in the different areas of the exercise and sports science industry.

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 course, 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 programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, 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

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Course coordinator

Lindy Hall