Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology
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Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
This degree delivers you a postgraduate qualification that combines the study of human movement with an understanding of how exercise is used for rehabilitation, disease management and injury prevention. You'll gain hands-on experience through at least 500 hours of clinical placement.
From an exercise science perspective, you'll investigate motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics and anatomy. You'll gain an understanding of how to modify health behaviours in the community and how exercise programs can be used to optimise performance. You'll also learn how to work with groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and athletes undergoing rehabilitation.
You'll explore how exercise is used to promote health and well-being, including the preventative and rehabilitative benefits of exercise for those with chronic illnesses or serious injuries.
Your clinical placements will teach you to develop and implement exercise, lifestyle and behavioural programs for people of all ages. This gives you with the clinical skills and confidence to make a genuine difference to the quality of people's lives.
The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.
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 and Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Non-Year 12 selection may involve: ENTER/ATAR, VTAC Personal History online, GPA, STAT Multiple Choice. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
*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.
Accredited Exercise physiologists are specialists who use exercise interventions to condition clients for optimal health/performance and to treat patients with, or at elevated risk of developing, chronic illness or injury. The demand for accredited exercise physiologists is high, and expected to increase in future years, due to various factors including the ageing Australian population and an increased demand on the health care system due to chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology is accredited at the levels of exercise science and exercise physiology by Exercise and Sports Science, Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program. Graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology 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
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.
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
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Advanced Standing (credit)If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more
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