La Trobe University

Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
3 years full time (or part time equivalent)
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Get ready for a career in sports and exercise.

La Trobe’s Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science is for people who want a practical career in exercise, fitness and sport. Our course prepares you for a career in amateur and professional sports teams, sports organisations, fitness centres, health promotion, and exercise for health and wellbeing.

You’ll study physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, neuroscience, skill acquisition, performance analysis, exercise prescription, injury prevention, high performance training, sports nutrition and psychology. During the course, you’ll build on this foundation as you apply your theory and practice to a variety of professional work placements.

This course also offers a pathway to La Trobe’s other Masters’ courses, including the Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Master of Sports Analytics and other allied health courses.

Reasons to study Sports and Exercise Science at La Trobe:

  • Our research in human movement, sport and exercise science is rated well above world standard *
  • Our multi-million dollar La Trobe Sports Park opens soon, giving you access to cutting-edge education and training facilities
  • Access to the latest exercise physiology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning equipment
  • Gain practical and professional experience with 140 hours of industry placements
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and sports partnerships with organisations including the AFL Players’ Association, Melbourne City and Carlton Football Clubs.

*ERA research report 2015

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements


Year 12 Applicants: VCE units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education, Health and Human Development or Physics.

Non-Year 12 Applicants: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites. Selection may be based on ATAR, VTAC Personal History online, GPA, or STAT Multiple Choice.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

As a graduate, you’ll be ideally placed to pursue employment as an exercise scientist, sport scientist, sport development officer, health promotion officer, community recreation officer, corporate health and wellness officer, gym manager, personal trainer, injury prevention and rehabilitation coach, strength and conditioning coach and more.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree

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Additional information

Students will be required to attend supervised professional placements at locations external to the University's Melbourne campus. Students will undertake 140 hours of professional fieldwork placements in the second and third years of their degree in line with ESSA accreditation standards. Students will be supervised by accredited sports and exercise scientists. Students will complete both written assignments and professional reflective journals as part of their assessment of their professional fieldwork placements.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: