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Course summary

From the elite athlete to the growing teenager, physical and mental health are essential to a balanced life. In this course you can immerse yourself in the psychology of what drives our behaviour and how this relates to sport and exercise.

Our accredited Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science provides a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body as it relates to movement, the interrelationships between health and disease, and the psychological basis of physical activity.

You will complete core units in exercise science including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control as well as core units in psychological science that include assessment, methodology and principles of behaviour. A range of elective subjects is also available.

Career opportunities exist as a psychologist (with additional postgraduate training) and in careers that carry therapeutic connections to sport and exercise, such as professional athlete counselling, rehabilitation, or within the education sector.



4.5 years minimum for students commencing in Sessions 2 or 3

Coffs Harbour1, 2, 3
Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Lismore1, 2, 3


Coffs Harbour1, 2
Gold Coast1, 2

Exercise science: anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control. 

Psychological science: assessment, methodology, principles of behaviour.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate the level of critical analysis, problem solving and decision making expected of professionals aligned to psychology and exercise science.

Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes.

Use reasoning and evidence to recognise, develop, defend, and criticise arguments and persuasive appeals.


Demonstrate innovative and creative responses and solutions to problems encountered by health professionals aligned with psychology and exercise science.

Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory-based and other research in psychology and exercise science.

Demonstrate an attitude of critical thinking that includes persistence, open-mindedness, and intellectual engagement.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of – and commitment to – social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with expectations of health professionals aligned to psychology and exercise science.

Use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication).

Promote evidence-based approaches to understanding and changing human behaviour.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an ability to understand industry best practice relating to psychology and exercise science.

Acquire an understanding of core topics in the disciplines of psychology and exercise science.

Lifelong learning

Manage personal and professional behaviour in response to the outcomes of self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in a changing healthcare environment.

Apply psychological principles to promote personal development in setting and achieving career and personal goals; incorporate feedback for improved performance; and purposefully evaluate the quality of one’s thinking (metacognition).

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of teamwork in health professions aligned to psychology and exercise science.

Write effectively in a variety of formats (e.g., essays, research proposals, reports using American Psychological Association conventions) and for a variety of purposes (e.g., informing, arguing).

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., debate, group discussion, presentation) and for various purposes.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of social and cultural issues (including prejudice, discrimination, and inequity) relative to the work of health professionals aligned with psychology and exercise science.

Recognise and respect social, cultural, linguistic, spiritual, and gender diversity.

Reflect on one’s experiences and learn from them in order to identify and articulate one’s personal, sociocultural, and professional values; demonstrate insightful awareness of one’s feelings, motives, and attitudes based on psychological principles.

Assessment methods vary from unit to unit and might comprise a mix of laboratory-based and readings-based assignments, seminar presentations, online discussion boards, field and investigation reports, as well as practical and written examinations.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities exist as a psychologist (with additional training) or in careers that have therapeutic connections to sport and exercise, such as professional athlete counselling, rehabilitation or counselling within schools and colleges.

A substantial range of career trajectories exists for graduates of this combined program. Many psychology graduates do not continue to work as clinical psychologists, however, with an advanced knowledge of exercise science in conjunction with psychological studies, graduates are well positioned to enter other careers with therapeutic connections to sport and exercise. This may be in the area of professional athlete counselling or perhaps situated outside of professional sports within schools and colleges.

Other career pathways include health management and guidance with relation to behaviour change and rehabilitation management following injury.

You will complete a 140-hour exercise science professional placement in the third year of the course. Placements might be in health and sporting centres, clubs, schools and academies or sport and recreation centres under professional supervision. As part of your professional placement you might assist personal trainers, health educators, strength and conditioning or sports coaches, sporting event coordinators or recreation officers. 

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites (e.g. a working with children check, immunisation and National Police Certificate). Before applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and has qualifying accreditation from Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). All graduates may apply for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA and are eligible for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA) and as a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

Graduates may also choose to pursue further training to gain registration as a psychologist or as an accredited exercise physiologist.


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'