Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science teaches you the processes and mechanisms underlying physical activity.

Start dates
3 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
English (4,SA); Maths A, B or C (4,SA). Recommended: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education (4,SA)

Career opportunities

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.

Course highlights

Sport and Exercise Science offers an incredible choice of career paths. JCU fast tracks you into the workforce with practical skills and experience blended with sound local knowledge.

Climate and culture are important variables in the field. That is why JCU grounds your studies in local application, drawing on northern Queensland’s tropical climate and rich cultural heritage.

Your studies will also include:

  • Practical work experience with experienced sport and exercise professionals
  • Working with a variety of people from community members to elite athletes
  • Assessment and creation of specialist exercise programs for a variety of people
  • Opportunities to be involved in international ranked research initiatives, and
  • Access to world-class technical, training and testing facilities.

Course overview

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.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (316111) - Apply now
Cairns (326111) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

Pathway into course

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

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).


Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Handbook year


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.


Division of 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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

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

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics or Students with HA or better in Yr 12 Maths B can select 3 credit points of any level 1 subjects

PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

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

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

36 credit points


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 9 credit points of advanced standing 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.


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.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.