Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc(Sp&ExSc)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4658.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 069280F

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This course version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2011 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2010 - 4658.1 Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Sport and exercise science encompasses the science that underpins health, physical activity and exercise, and their applications to the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise programs. There are a range of career options in health and fitness centres, for example as a personal trainer, a health and fitness specialist or a fitness assessor, in government agencies associated with sport, physical activity and health, in teaching and research, and with professional sporting groups, rehabilitation clinics and hospitals. If you gain higher-level accreditation as an exercise physiologist, you will also be able to provide healthcare services funded by Medicare (Australian Government).

The course combines studies in exercise physiology, sports psychology, biomechanics motor control and exercise prescription with a broad understanding of biomedicine and various health science fields to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice and high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. Facilities are state-of-the-art, centred on an Exercise and Sport Science Laboratory complex, and practical experience is a strong feature of the program.

Study Mode
Three years full-time. Students may choose to study at a reduced load.

Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership and accreditation with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).


For local students admission is through UAC. Recommended Studies: Any 2 units of English, plus four units of Science and/or Mathematics. PDHPE can be counted as a science unit for this course.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
In order to enrol in Second Year Autumn units, all students must have: 1. NSW Health National Criminal Record Check, 2. Prohibited Employment Declaration Form. In order to enrol in Second Year Spring units, all students must have: 1.First Aid Certificate. To be eligible to undertake fieldwork placements in public hospitals, students must comply with vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. Details of necessary vaccinations are available from NSW Health.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400880Fundamentals of Exercise Science
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400866Culture, Diversity and Health
401396Professional Competencies in Health

Note: Unit 401396 Professional Competencies in Health replaces 400871 Professional Health Competencies from Autumn 2021.

Spring session

400881Functional Anatomy
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
101614Psychology and Health
401383Evidence in Health

Note: Unit 401383 Evidence in Health replaces 400863 Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice from Autumn 2021.

Year 2

Autumn session

400882Introduction to Biomechanics
400885Sport and Exercise Physiology
400980Sport and Exercise Psychology
400884Exercise Nutrition, Body Composition and Weight Control

Spring session

400326Exercise Prescription for General Populations
400903Professional Development and Work Experience
400883Exercise Bioenergetics
400886Motor Control and Skill Acquisition

Year 3

Autumn session

400902Exercise in Musculo-Skeletal Rehabilitation
400887Clinical Exercise Physiology 1
400888Advanced Sports Physiology
400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)

Spring session

400889Applied Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
400156Practice Management for Health Professionals
400904Work Experience in Sport and Exercise Science
400890Resistance Training and Physiology

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