Bachelor of Exercise Science
This degree prepares you to work in the fields of sport and exercise science, with an emphasis on community wellness. You'll study and challenge existing knowledge of human movement, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, motor control and learning, anatomy and biomechanics.
Once you graduate, you'll be ready to develop and monitor training programs for clients including corporate employees and amateur sportspeople, along with soldiers and elite athletes. Exercise scientists can also work with sporting manufacturers to develop better sporting and gym equipment.
In first year, you'll study the role of healthcare professionals and cover the fundamentals of human bioscience. In second and third years, you will examine exercise science in depth through subjects like anatomy, biomechanics, exercise psychology and exercise physiology. You'll gain an understanding of how to fine tune individual training to optimise performance. You'll learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, adolescents or athletes undergoing rehabilitation and how to change community health behaviours.
Your studies will include lectures, seminars and case studies as well as laboratory sessions. You'll get hands-on experience using specialised resources such as exercise physiology and biomechanics equipment.
The Bachelor of Exercise Science offers a direct pathway to other allied health graduate entry masters courses, such as the Master of Physiotherapy Practice.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.
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 or Physics.
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.
Graduates are well-placed for careers in areas including sport injury prevention, corporate health and wellness, and community health. Other opportunities exist in fields such as developing and monitoring exercise programs for athletes and members of the defence force.
The Bachelor of Exercise Science on the Bendigo campus is accredited at the level of exercise science by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise Science may apply for membership with ESSA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
Students should allow approximately AUD$150 for a uniform and name badge. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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.
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:
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