Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Australian Catholic University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 069051G

Level of study: Undergraduate


Through our nationally recognised degree you will learn how to improve the health, performance and participation of individuals, teams and athletes through exercise programming and delivery, athlete training, and health advice. We’re connected to a huge range of sporting organisations – from the Australian Institute of Sport to the AFL, NRL, A-League clubs, Tennis Australia and America’s NBA. With us you will get the best opportunities for industry placements and future employment in Australia and around the world.

Professional experience

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science students must complete 40 hours of community engagement and 140 hours of appropriate professional experience (practicum), with accurate record-keeping, as part of course accreditation requirements.

Work placement

You’ll have the opportunity to get real-world experience during the two units of compulsory professional experience you’ll complete throughout your degree. You’ll spend time in organisations integrating the theory you’ve learnt with practical skills, giving you a chance to reflect on possible career paths and meet the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) requirements for Exercise Science accreditation.


This degree is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) at the exercise science level. Depending on elective units chosen, graduates may be eligible to apply for Level 1 accreditation with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science offered at our Blacktown Campus is identical to the accredited program at our other campuses and accreditation is expected for Blacktown in 2023, once the first cohort is in its final year.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • AFL
  • NRL
  • Super Rugby
  • A-league
  • professional sporting organisations
  • national sporting organisations
  • national institutes of sport
  • state institutes or academies of sport
  • state sporting organisations
  • small business in the health and fitness industry
  • academia

Industry partnerships

ACU works with a variety of industry partners:

  • Tennis Australia
  • Baseball Queensland
  • Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club
  • Paddle Australia, Canoe Slalom High-Performance Team
  • Brisbane Roar Football Club
  • Queensland Reds
  • Norths Devils
  • North Melbourne Football Club
  • Core Advantage

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
25,064 Per Year
Read moreEstimate total cost: 75,192; Unit fee: 3,133
Expected Jul 2023 3 years
Full time
Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade
Melbourne Victoria 3065

Entry criteria

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall score: 6.5; Individual score of: 6.0 in all tests

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 79: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening

ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE score: 176; Minimum score of 169 in all tests.


Australian Catholic University
North Sydney Campus
40 Edward Street
Sydney New South Wales 2060
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