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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science - Bachelor of Psychological Science

5 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: any one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health Education or Physical Education (4,SA)
ATAR 63.15 | English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (3/4,C) . Recommended: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Health or Physical Education (3/4,C)
Rank 68
TSV: 317161
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In your Sport and Exercise Science degree, gain a comprehensive understanding of how the human body responds to physical activity. Be equipped with theoretical and practical skills to help individuals and athletes improve their physical performance. Benefit from practical placements as you learn to assess, design, and deliver exercise programs to a variety of people, from community members to elite athletes.

In your Psychological Science degree, study the human mind and develop a strong foundation of psychological theory, practice, and research skills. You will gain expertise in analytical thinking and scientific research methods relevant to a broad range of careers and further study. Study a core program along with additional psychology electives to suit your interests and requirements. Take advantage of world-class research and observation facilities, including a working on-campus Psychology Clinic in Townsville.

View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.


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.

Career Opportunities

Broaden your skill set by combining two highly-respected fields of study in JCU’s Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science - Bachelor of Psychological Science. Your expertise in both health science and psychology will prepare you with the research, analysis, and critical thinking skills required to succeed in the industry.

JCU Sport and Exercise Science - Psychological Science graduates have broad skill sets and are sought-after in a large range of health-related industries.

Graduates pursue careers in various areas including sports, health, wellbeing, and psychology.

You could find employment as a sport and exercise scientist, clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, psychotherapist, or social worker. You could also continue studying and deepen your knowledge with the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), or the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours).

To become eligible for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, you are required to complete a minimum 6-year sequence of education and supervised training. Upon graduation of this degree, you must complete an accredited year of postgraduate study – either the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, plus two years of supervised practice in the field. Alternatively, you can complete a two-year Master of Psychology (Clinical), plus one year of supervised practice.

Graduates of this degree are eligible for Exercise and Sports Science Australia professional membership.

Note the course QTAC code for the location you've chosen. You'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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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.

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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science

Handbook year


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.


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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 Sport and Exercise

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 Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis

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:

Coursework Enrolment Policy.

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 a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning 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 20 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 Credit Transfer Procedure.

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

Students who exit the course prior to completion and have successfully completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.

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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $7,642. (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.

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