Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science - Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science - Bachelor of Psychological Science

Want to make a positive difference in your community? JCU's 5 year full-time (or equivalent part-time) course gives you qualifications that are in demand in the sports, health, wellbeing, nutrition and psychology sectors. Your career prospects will be enhanced by the networks and industry experts that JCU's staff will connect you with. You'll study with professionals in their field who will inspire you and who care about your success.

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

Career opportunities

JCU’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science combines two fields of study highly sought-after in the jobs market. Along with your sports and exercise science skills, the psychology component of your JCU studies will give you a sound understanding of the many factors that influence how people think and why they behave the way they do. This knowledge will help you to make a difference in the lives and careers of your clients.

The combination of disciplines will position you with the health science and psychology expertise to pursue a career as a professional working in diverse roles, including:

  • Sports training or coaching in school, university and sports club settings
  • As an Exercise Scientist, using a combination of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis to assess and implement fitness, sporting performance and general health programs for individuals and teams
  • Professional leadership in health clubs
  • Policy development and leadership in government or community health settings
  • Rehabilitation in private practice or hospital settings.

Psychology provides excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are relevant to a broad range of careers. If you decide not to gain accreditation you can seek employment in fields, such as:

  • Community services and counselling
  • Business and market research
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Management
  • Research for industry and government agencies.

Course highlights

This rewarding JCU course will see you doing the things you love – sports and exercise – as you study. You'll work closely with experienced sport and exercise professionals, athletes, and members of the community while undertaking supervised practical placements. That way, when you graduate you'll have practical skills, academic knowledge and networks that will help you step into the career you dreamed of.

You will have access to world-class technical, training and testing facilities, including the JCU Sport and Exercise Science (SES) Movement Analysis Laboratory at JCU's Townsville campus.

In your final year you'll take part in fascinating group projects and research.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Upon completion of an approved/accredited additional year of full time study, students may apply for provisional registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

If you wish to become fully registered as a psychologist when you graduate, you must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. GDipPsych or BPsychSc (Hons) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology) with one further year of supervised practice.

Course overview

This joint degree, completed over 5 years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time studies) with units at JCU's Cairns and Townsville campuses, provides you with a qualification that is recognised and valued in the industries you'll want to work in.

You will learn about the role of sport and exercise in the enhancement of health and human performance in occupational, educational, sport, exercise and wellness settings.

You will gain genuine experience in helping individuals and athletes enhance their physical performance, and learn to create and support exercise and physical activity promotions. Psychology studies will give you additional skills in learning about the biological, social, and cultural factors which influence how humans think, feel, and behave.

Among the core subjects and many options you'll study are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • The Musculoskeletal System for Sports and Exercise Science
  • Exploring Psychology: From Brain to Practice
  • Exploring Psychology: From Perception to Reality
  • Science and Practice of Physical Activity
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Critical Thinking in Psychology: How to Think About Weird Things
  • Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport
  • Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour
  • Exercise Perception Practices and Procedures.

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 (317161) - Apply now
Cairns (327161) - Apply now

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

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.

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.


Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science

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Course code


Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is fully 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 two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology) with one further year of supervised practice.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

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.

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

SP1001:03 Science and Practice of Physical Activity

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

SP1002:03 Sport and Exercise Nutrition

PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating

PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality

Year 2

Teaching Period 1

SP2007:03 Physiological Basis for Exercise and Sport

PY2103:03 Describing and Analysing Behaviour

PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance

PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition

Teaching Period 2

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

PH1001:03 Preparatory Physics

PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour

PY2101:03 Psychological Neuroscience

Year 3

Teaching Period 1

SP2200:03 Exercise and Sports Testing

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

SP2003:03 Functional Kinesiology and Biomechanics

PY3102:03 Social Psychology in Everyday Life

Teaching Period 2

SP2201:03 Exercise Prescription

SP2009:03 Strength Training and Conditioning

SP2010:03 Principles of Motor Learning and Motor Control

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

Year 4

Teaching Period 1

SP3006:03 Environmental and Sports Medicine

SP3011:03 Sports Training and Rehabilitation

SP3015:03 Advanced Motor Learning and Motor Control

PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation

Teaching Period 2

SP3018:03 Advanced Biomechanics

SP2207:03 Dynamics of Sport and Exercise Behaviour

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

PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans

Year 5

Teaching Period 1

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

Teaching Period 2

SP3016:03 Exercise Prescription and Delivery

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







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:

Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

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.

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

60 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 20 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

Maximum credit points for advanced standing as per the JCU Policy on Advanced Standing 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

Sport and Exercise Science Honours

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


If you're a high achieving student you may be invited to undertake an Honours year. This comprises an additional 24 credit points of study in each discipline. To learn more, refer to either the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours), or the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) Handbook.

What is Sport and Exercise Science/Psychological Science?

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.