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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

3 years full-time
Part-time available
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Entry Requirements
OP 15 | English (4,SA); Maths A, B or C (4,SA). Recommended: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education (4,SA)
ATAR 63.15 | English (Units 3/4,C), General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3/4). Recommended: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (Units 3/4,C)
Rank 68
TSV: 316111
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The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science teaches you the processes and mechanisms underlying physical activity.

Upon graduation you’ll have freedom to choose from a variety of opportunities including:

  • Health and wellness management in private/community practices
  • Health promotion agencies
  • Hospital based scientists (e.g. cardiac or respiratory science)
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Sports training and rehabilitation
  • Exercise and sport science research and testing.

This course is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, NUCAP Accreditation). Graduates of this degree are eligible for ESSA professional membership.

As a Sport and Exercise scientist you will have a strong understanding of the scientific principles underlying the benefits of physical activity with a skilled focus on the role of sport and exercise in the enhancement of health and human performance in occupational, educational, sport, exercise and wellness settings. A Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science equips you to:

  • Help individuals and athletes enhance their physical performance
  • Use sport, exercise and physical activity to help improve health and wellbeing
  • Assist with corporate and occupational wellness
  • Create and support exercise and physical activity promotions, and
  • Contribute to world-class sport and exercise science research.

Successful applicants must acquire appropriate immunisations, permits and police clearances before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period. See Professional Experience Placement for further information.

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About JCU's Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Help athletes enhance their performance, improve quality of life for those suffering from chronic conditions, or teach the next generation the importance of nutrition and exercise. Build critical thinking skills with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (similar to a bachelor of sports science) from JCU.

Learn from the Best

Your world-class education begins here, where you work with skilled lecturers committed to student success and partner with leaders in rehabilitation. You will participate in research that matters, learning about the processes of human physical activity and contributing to important international research initiatives. Gain practical experience and clinical skills in JCU's world-class training facilities throughout your exercise science degree. These include JCU’s Exercise Testing and Strength and Conditioning Labs and the Movement Analysis Lab.
Build foundational knowledge in areas like sports psychology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and biomechanics. Working alongside specialists and experienced professionals, you will learn how to implement theory in a practical setting.

Study Sports Psychology Subjects

Within your degree, you will study sports psychology as a subject and gain valuable insight into the ‘how and why’ behind mental processes and behaviour. You will explore these issues in key sub-discipline areas of psychological science such as the nervous system, memory, cognition, lifespan development, cross-culture, psychological disorders and health. A sports psychology Queensland based curriculum is vital to understanding tropical sport and exercise science issues, which is why JCU is the ideal place to study. Your studies will also include mastering the ethical and legal requirements of your profession and the more subtle cross-cultural skills need to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

Move Beyond the Classroom

Experience has no substitute, and at JCU you gain valuable first-hand experience from the start when you study sports science. Along with opportunities to work in research, you will take part in clinical placements and work with people from different cultures and socioeconomic conditions. Learn how to design exercise programs for athletes or explore the intricacies of occupational wellness issues in corporations. Understand how to empower others to incorporate exercise as part of an overall wellness plan, and see first-hand how sports can make a difference in marginalised communities.

Be Ready For Employment

A degree and a job are important, and as you study exercise science you will fast track your career goals and build your network of professional relationships. Be career-ready with the extensive practical experience that employers are looking for when you graduate with your exercise science bachelor degree. Your degree from JCU (which is similar to a bachelor of exercise and sport science) is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and you are eligible to join ESSA professionally upon graduation. Your sports science university degree opens many potential career paths. You could work in research or teaching or make a difference in the community by promoting community health. You could work in a hospital, partnering with doctors to help patients rehabilitate.

Start Planning for Tomorrow

Whether you want to work in rural or urban areas, in community health or among athletes, your Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science from JCU (similar to a bachelor of exercise and sport science) will get you there. Get yourself ready for the jobs of tomorrow with a degree from JCU.
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The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited  by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA, NUCAP Accreditation). Students are eligible for ESSA professional membership on completion of this award.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English (4,SA); Maths A, B or C (4,SA)

Recommended: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health Education or Physical Education

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.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

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 Policy.

Post admission requirements

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

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

James Cook University’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science meets the Exercise and Sports Science Australia standards for Exercise Science membership.

On successful completion, graduates of the course 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.

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


Level 1

Teaching Period 1

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

SP1003:03 Communication for Sport and Exercise Science and Exercise Physiology (Clinical)

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Sport and Exercise

Teaching Period 2

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

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

SP2200:03 Exercise and Sports Testing

SP2003:03 Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics

SP2007:03 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

Teaching Period 2:

SP2009:03 Strength Training and Conditioning

SP2010:03 Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control

SP2201:03 Exercise Prescription

SP2207:03 Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

SP3006:03 Environmental and Sports Medicine

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

SP3011:03 Sports Training and Rehabilitation

SP3015:03 Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

Teaching Period 2:

SP3018:03 Advanced Biomechanics

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

SP3016:03 Exercise Prescription and Delivery


Select 3 credit points of any level 1, 2 or 3 subjects







Expected time to complete

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


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 Policy.

Special assessment requirements

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

Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Not permitted for Sports and Exercise Science subjects (subjects with the prefix SP)

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

36 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 18 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

A maximum of 9 credit points of credit may be granted at level 3. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will not be applied for non-university study or work experience.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

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


Honours availability

Honours available as an additional year of study


Candidates must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.

Annual Tuition Fee: $8,606. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

An OP or ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an OP or ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent rank score. Ranks are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.

Contact us to find about more.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared – bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).