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Exercise and Sport Science

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


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

This course was ranked 10th nationally in the reputable 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) by Subject.

Professional recognition

Professionally accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

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In this course, you'll gain theoretical and practical understanding of exercise and sports physiology, biomechanics, motor control, motor learning and skill acquisition, and exercise and sports 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 sports science, and undertake laboratory practice and fieldwork.

You'll gain real-world experience by completing at least 140 hours (with a minimum of 80 hours specifically prescribing and delivering exercise) of practicum through professional placements in relevant organisations.

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

Exercise and Sport Science is a degree that offers enormous opportunities to pursue a wide variety of careers or undertake postgraduate study to specialise in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, health and physical education, sports science, research and tertiary education.

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


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


  • Sporting teams
  • Corporate
  • Government
  • Defence forces
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Industrial and mining
  • Research and development

What you'll learn

  • select appropriate approaches to facilitate participation and performance in exercise and sport for individuals, teams and communities
  • think critically and creatively to generate appropriate strategies and interventions promoting physical activity and improved performance in partnership with stakeholders
  • apply an evidence-based approach to selection and implementation of strategies to promote and enhance physical activity and performance
  • communicate in ways that promote shared understanding in a range of physical activity contexts; communicate effectively with clients in a way that enhances their participation in choice and decision-making
  • incorporate appropriate technologies in planning, assessment, implementation and evaluation of interventions designed to promote physical activity and enhance performance
  • evaluate personal and professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and values and the impact of these on the provision of services
  • select and apply culturally appropriate approaches to promote physical activity within international contexts
  • apply ethical frameworks that respect individual human rights and cultural diversity within the context of physical activity and sport
  • promote effective ethical inter-professional practice with all stakeholders working to enhance physical activity and elite performance

Entry requirements

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

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

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 65%

Please select a country above.

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:

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $65*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,200*
Total indicative course fee $112,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,900*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $65*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,600*
Total indicative course fee $114,900*
Indicative year 1 fee $37,700*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

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. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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