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The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science was developed out of a need to provide qualified professionals for employment in the fields of sport, health, fitness and rehabilitation. These areas are currently expanding and offer increased employment opportunities both in Australia and overseas.
Field experience is a feature of the course which provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings, enabling students to develop a professional approach to training and preparation for a career as a sport manager, exercise scientist, or health and fitness consultant.
Typically, graduates can find employment as: health and fitness consultants and managers, personal trainers, sport administrators, exercise scientists, health promotion officers, development officers with amateur and professional sporting organisations, program staff and managers at sport and recreation centres and resorts, executive officers with national and state sporting associations, event managers/coordinators, and sport marketing and media officers. Some graduates will also choose to pursue further study at postgraduate level in areas such as clinical exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, or medicine.
When combined with the Bachelor of Education (Secondary): careers include teacher of PDHPE (personal development, health, physical education) in secondary schools, development officer in sporting organisations, outdoor education/recreation leader, and positions in training and development settings in industry.
When combined with the Bachelor of Laws: careers include solicitor and legal specialist in law as it applies to health, sport and fitness and the leisure industry.
The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Exercise Science major) has been fully accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at Exercise Science level. Graduates who have completed the major in exercise science will therefore be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA.
Graduates of this program may undertake further postgraduate study to gain registration as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).
In addition, graduates with the Exercise Science major will be eligible to receive the Certificate III and IV in Fitness through TAFE NSW, and to apply for Exercise Professional Registration with Fitness Australia (FA).
All graduates meet the requirements of the Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) coaching accreditation, making them eligible to register as Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coaches.
The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America.
Students complete a three-week internship of their choice during their third year studies and have the option of an additional internship. These placements normally occur during the breaks between teaching sessions. Field experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings.
Students select one of two majors:
This choice allows students to develop areas of particular interest relevant to their career goals and aspirations.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science a total of 288 credit points (usually 24 units) must be completed.
Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
* Session 2 is not available to international students.
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3.5 years minimum for students commencing Session 2
May be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities.
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|Further Information||Domestic applicants: Ph: 1800 626 481
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|Lismore: 335100||Lismore: 055001||Lismore NSW: 059883F|
On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory sessions, field experience, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
Assessment items vary from unit to unit and generally comprise a mix of laboratory-based and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, field and investigation reports, and formal practical and written examinations.
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Students have access to fully equipped dedicated scientific laboratories for wet and dry anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, biochemistry, strength and conditioning, and a multi-purpose sports hall and weight training gymnasium.
Pre-requisite Year 12 subjects
There are no pre-requisite subjects required for this course.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
Please refer to the International Office website.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences (Honours)
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
Bachelor of Exercise Science and Nutrition
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Requirements for an Award
# Required unit if applying for entry to Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science with Honours.