Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Exercise and Sports Science explores human movement and how it applies to physical activity pursuits.

Whilst studying the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science you will specialise in the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise and physical activity for healthy people. Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES) apply the science of exercise to develop interventions that improve health, fitness, performance, and that assist in the prevention of chronic conditions.

Why study Exercise and Sports Science at UNE?

  • SportUNE at UNE is considered one of the best university sporting precincts in Australia, offering variety, flexibility and a range of new facilities and services with everything from a state-of-the-art fitness and strength building gym to indoor and outdoor courts to a climbing and bouldering wall and to 15 hectares of playing fields.
  • UNE has been selected as the academic partner institution for the NSW Rugby League Centre of Excellence to be established at Sydney Olympic Park providing opportunities for our exercise and sports science students in terms of interactions between health and sport.
  • You are able to transfer to the four-year Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology on completion of 20 units including 12 specified units at a Credit average overall
  • As a graduate of the BExSpSc at UNE, you will have all the attributes required for a career as an exercise scientist - excellent communication skills, a thorough knowledge of and the skills relevant to exercise and sports science, the ability to apply logical, critical and creative thinking to professional practice.
  • UNE is a member of the Elite Athlete Education Network (EAEN) and offers student-athletes flexible study options enabling a balance between sporting pursuits and academic requirements.
  • You can study either on campus or online – whichever option you choose you will be part of a vibrant living and learning environment.
  • Find out more about Exercise and Sports Science at UNE

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Career Opportunities

Accredited Exercise Scientists (AES) are employed in a number of environments, including but not limited to:

  • fitness centres, gymnasiums, private practice or business
  • institutes and academies of sport
  • education, policy and program planning in schools and government
  • coaching/training in a sport
  • health promotion
  • corporate health, industrial/mining, workplace well being, employment screening
  • ageing and aged care.

Careers include:

  • Exercise Scientists
    • employed by institutes and academies of sports testing and training elite athletes; improve performance; research
    • employed by the Defence Forces to train soldiers; research
  • Cardiac/Respiratory/Sleep Technicians
    • in hospitals cardiac stress testing and/or lung function testing for the purpose of diagnosing cardiovascular and pulmonary disease
  • Personal Trainers
  • Coach and Development Officers
    • as a coach with an institute of sport of sporting association of sport of sporting association of self-employed
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists
    • focusing on strength and condition in the physical preparation of athletes with professional, semi-professional sporting teams, institutes and academies of sport
  • Health Consultants & Educators
Frequently Asked Questions

What background knowledge do I need?  What should I study at school?

We assume you will have a sound knowledge of NSW HSC-level (or equivalent) Mathematics plus Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)  and/or any two units of Science.  It is recommended that you have knowledge of Biology and/or Chemistry.

We offer introductory units in Chemistry and Mathematics for students who do not have the recommended background knowledge as well as two free courses: Chemistry Refresher Course and Mathematics Bridging Course.

We do recommend that if you don’t have the assumed knowledge, you give serious consideration to including the Bachelor of Scientific Studies as a preference when you submit your application where, on successful completion of units of study you may be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with credit (advanced standing) for core units you have completed.

Do I have to do any practical work? If I do, how do I find appropriate work?

Yes, you must complete a total of 500 hours of practicum experience – this includes 140 hours for the purpose of undertaking an exercise intervention to improve health and fitness, wellbeing or performance, or focus on prevention of chronic conditions plus 360 hours of practical experience with clients with clinical conditions (eg, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological).

We have a clinical placement officer who will help you to identify suitable practicum sites and supervisors and will ensure your practicum placement complies with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) accreditation requirements.

For additional information refer to the student practicum portal or contact the clinical placement team at

Can I apply for early entry?

Yes, all Year 12 and some TAFE students can apply directly to UNE for Direct Early Entry before your HSC results are released.

Is there someone I can talk to about how I plan my study in the Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology?

The Course Coordinator is more than happy to discuss how you can plan your study to help you achieve the best outcome.

How do I apply to study at UNE?

Go to How to apply and follow the instructions.

Further Study Options

Graduates with an above average academic record are able to complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with Honours or the research-based Master of ScienceBExSpSc(Hons) graduates who have the appropriate level of Honours are eligible to apply to enrol for the Doctor of Philosophy .

Alternatively, as a graduate you will also be eligible to complete a range of Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses or a coursework Master degree in the areas of the biomedical sciences such as physiology, disability practice and neuroscience.