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Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor Degree

B-EXSPRHB

Course
Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 70
Duration
3 years full-time
Credit
600
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Assess physical abilities, and design and implement exercise training programs for individuals and groups.

Emily Fernandez

I love that this course is very practical and hands-on. We don’t spend a lot of time in classrooms, but are instead actively applying theory in different contexts.

I’ve also undertaken practical placement with Australia’s hockey teams, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos, which was an amazing experience.

High national ranking

Sports Science at Curtin ranked equal 10th nationally in the reputable 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) by Subject’.

Professional recognition

Professionally accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

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In this course, you'll gain theoretical and practical understanding of exercise and sport physiology, biomechanics, motor control and learning and skill acquisition, and exercise and sport psychology.

The emphasis on client-centred practice will help you develop strong interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In your first year, you'll learn the foundations of exercise science and study interprofessional units with students from other health disciplines.

In your second and third years, you’ll specialise in exercise and sport science, and undertake laboratory practice and fieldwork.

You'll develop practical skills by completing a 140 hour professional placement in a relevant organisation.

Curtin has partnerships with Fremantle Football Club and Hockey Australia, so you could find yourself working alongside some of Australia's top athletes.

If you are a high-achieving student, you may complete an additional honours year that enables you to undertake your own significant research project.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • This course emphasises professional development and teaches strong interpersonal communication skills, which are key attributes of client-centred practice.
  • The course balances theory with work-integrated learning, and is designed to make you graduate industry-ready.
  • The course was ranked tenth nationally in the reputable 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) by Subject.
  • Curtin has partnerships with the Fremantle Football Club and Hockey Australia, meaning you could find yourself working alongside some of Australia’s top athletes through practicum placement or research.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)

Career information

Careers

  • Advanced personal training
  • Cardiac technician
  • Community sport and management officer
  • Corporate health and fitness assessor
  • Healthy lifestyle coordinator
  • Performance analyst
  • Sports coach/trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach for community and sub-elite sporting teams.

Industries

  • Corporate
  • Defence forces
  • Government
  • Healthcare centres
  • Hospitals
  • Industrial and mining
  • Research and development
  • Sporting teams.

What you'll learn

  • integrate discipline knowledge and evidence-based approaches to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities through exercise.
  • demonstrate cultural competence and ethics in exercise promotion, prescription and delivery in the local and global context.
  • appraise current and emerging technologies that are relevant to the field of exercise science and human performance.
  • formulate creative solutions to contemporary issues impacting exercise science and human performance.
  • select effective ways to communicate ideas related to exercise science and human performance, that enhances client participation, choice and decision making.
  • demonstrate ethical personal autonomy and interprofessional practice when collaborating with diverse groups, industries and stakeholders.
  • challenge personal and professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values, and the impact of these on the provision of exercise and human performance services.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing6.5
Speaking6.5
Reading6.5
Listening6.5
Overall band score7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the achievement of the required ATAR within the last two years. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required;
    • or AQF Diploma;
    • or AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    No required courses/subjects.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE courses/subjects are Maths Applications, Human Biology and/or Physical Education Studies. STAT elements considered are WE and either V or Q.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Not all Curtin courses accept course switchers from other institutions.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Students are assessed on their most recent SWA and overall CWA. Students must achieve a SWA or CWA of at least 60% to be considered eligible. Students in the UniReady course in either Semester 1 or 2 must achieve a CWA of 60% or higher to be considered eligible for the BSc(ESS) application process. 

Higher education course switcher criteria

Students in the UniReady course in either Semester 1 or 2 must achieve a CWA of 60% or higher to be considered eligible for the BSc(ESS) application process. 

Before starting year 2, you must hold a Senior First Aid Certificate (or equivalent).

Note: Participation is obligatory in laboratory classes that require appropriate disrobing when acting as a client in a peer group, and physically manipulating peers and clients including lifting, supporting and moving people.

Mid-year entry students should contact the Course Coordinator Dr Carly Brade for a study plan.

Other requirements and notes for this course

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project. See: https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-exercise-and-sports-science-honours-major-bsc-health-hons--mjrh-exsps/

The July intake is correct as at 17 April 2018 and supersedes other published information about intake for the course.

This course has a Semester 1 and Semester 2 intake.

IELTS bands are in the process of changing due to accreditation requirements. All bands will be set at 6.5 with an overall band of 7.0. Still requires University approval.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Commonwealth supported $8,800*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 2
  • On campus

2022

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-EXSPRHB
  • CRICOS code: 077744A
  • Last updated on: August 2, 2021