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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. GDipPsych or BPsychSc(Hons)) plus either a two year Psychology Board of Australia approved postgraduate program, or a one year Psychology Board of Australia approved postgraduate program plus one year of supervised practice.

This course is accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Graduates of this course are eligible for ESSA accreditation.


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Healthcare Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

English (Units 3/4,C); General Maths, Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Maths (3/4,C)

Recommended: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health, Psychology or Physical Education (Units 3/4,C)

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Post admission

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

114  credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge and skills, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in the discipline of sport and exercise science

  • Critically review, analyse, synthesise and apply evidence in sport and exercise science practice, across a range of social, personal, economic and environmental contexts

  • Assess health status and formulate, implement and critically evaluate sustainable management plans to promote and optimise the health and welfare of apparently healthy individuals and/or populations

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for graduate entry into the sport and exercise science workforce

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, professional reasoning and sound judgement in problem solving and decision making, in the provision of client-centred practice that is contemporary, evidence-based, legal, ethical, safe and culturally sensitive

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to plan and implement ongoing personal and professional development needs.

    On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and evidence bases in the core areas of psychology
  • Review and reflect on the methods and ethics of scientific investigation as applied to psychology
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the design and conduct of scientific investigations to solve psychological questions with intellectual independence
  • Apply advanced English language and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate knowledge, data, arguments and research findings appropriate for a variety of audiences
  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate human and animal behaviour in diverse contexts
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning and practice in collaboration with others.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Year 1

Teaching Period 1

BM1061:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 1

SP1011:03 Physical Activity for Health

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice

PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things

Teaching Period 2

BM1062:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise Science 2

PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality

SP1012:03 Exercise and Sports Testing

Year 2

Teaching Period 1

SP2007:03 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

PY2103:03 Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis

PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

Teaching Period 2

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Year 3

Teaching Period 1

SP2009:03 Strength Training and Conditioning

SP2201:03 Exercise Prescription

SP2003:03 Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics

PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life

Teaching Period 2

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

SP2010:03 Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control

PY2106:03 Through the Looking Glass: Development Across the Lifespan

SP2207:03 Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour

Year 4

Teaching Period 1

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

SP3015:03 Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation

Teaching Period 2

SP3018:03 Advanced Biomechanics

SP3014:03 Independent Project in Sport and Exercise Science & Clinical Exercise Physiology

PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans

SP2016:03 Exercise Prescription and Delivery

Year 5

Teaching Period 1

SP3106:03 Applied Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

SP3008:03 Practicum in Sport and Exercise Science/Clinical Exercise Physiology

Teaching Period 2

SP3011:03 Sports Training and Rehabilitation

PY3103:03 Mining the Mind: Psychopathology

PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment in Action


Select 6 credit points of specified PY level 2 subjects from List 1

List 1

PY2018:03 Intercultural Psychology and Cross Cultural Communication

PY2104:03 Connecting Social, Psychological and Physical Health

PY2109:03 The World Around Us: Environmental Psychology

PY2110:03 Intersections of Psychology and Law: Forensic Psychology




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Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

12 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at:

Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Special assessment

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

The accredited sequence in psychology leads to provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia with the addition of a fourth year of accredited studies in psychology e.g., Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for Sport and Exercise Science subjects or Psychology subjects (subjects with the prefix SP or PY)

Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the degree and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

60 credit points


Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 22 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Maximum credit points for credit as per the JCU Policy on credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed ALL appropriate subjects for the relevant degree, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science or Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Special Awards

Not applicable


Honours availability

Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]


A student admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science at this university may be invited by the Head of Psychology to undertake the Honours degree in Psychology if that student has

Psychology Honours

  • obtained a minimum of 72 credit points including successful completion of all Psychology level 1, 2 and 3 subjects prescribed in Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science - Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • obtained a minimum of a Credit average (65%) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum Distinction average (75%) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101; or
  • completed an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in psychology completed within the past 10 years; and a minimum program GPA of 5.5

Sport and Exercise Science Honours

Normally a minimum GPA 5.0 (Credit) is required across the third year pass degree subjects.