La Trobe University

Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
3 years full time
Annual tuition fee (A$)
33 400

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

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Academic entry requirement

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.

International equivalencies

International equivalencies* for this course at Campus Name**

Please select your type of qualification in the dropdown above.

* The equivalencies provided above are only provided as a guide and based on the course’s current standard minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), the primary measure for entry into most undergraduate-entry university programs in Australia.

** Equivalencies may vary by location. To view equivalencies for this course at another location, please select the location in the drop down at the top of this page.

Note: there may also be other entry requirements for this course. If you are unsure, make an enquiry.

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 scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

33 400


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

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

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.

To view other campus handbook course details, please select relevant campus in the drop down.

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