A Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science prepares graduates with the skills and knowledge to work with people from the health and fitness enthusiast to the elite level athlete.
The degree is focused on human movement, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, exercise prescription, and includes opportunities to specialise in exercise science, nutrition or education.
This degree provides an accelerated pathway towards the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and professional accreditation as an exercise physiologist. This degree is also a pathway to the Master of Teaching that can prepare students as PDHPE teachers in secondary settings.
Students select one major from the following:
Education: this major offers graduates a pathway to a Southern Cross University degree in secondary teaching (Master of Teaching), potentially leading to registration as a PDHPE teacher for eligible students. Please note education units are only available online.
Exercise Science: this major includes subject areas such as advanced sport and exercise psychology as well as sport and fitness organisation management.
Nutrition studies: this major examines food and nutrition in the context of exercise science, human health, disease processes and social issues. It includes content such as exercise biochemistry, food science, nutritional science, and sports nutrition.
Students complete a 140-hour placement of their choice during their third-year studies and some students have the option of an additional placement. These normally occur during the breaks between teaching sessions. Field experience provides the opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in practical settings.
Placements are undertaken under professional supervision in health and fitness centres, sporting organisations or clubs, schools, academies and institutes of sport, or sport and recreation centres. The types of positions can include, but are not limited to, assisting personal trainers, health educators, strength and conditioning or sports coaches, sporting event coordinators or recreation officers.
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements (e.g. a working with children check, immunisation and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.
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