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2014 Bachelor of Exercise Science(M3Q)  Download to Zip

Responsible faculty or institute:
Health (principal)
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Course Duration: Minimum 3.5 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): (03) 6324 5491


The Bachelor of Exercise Science is a 3.5 year program that aims to produce graduates who meet the professional requirements for registration as an Exercise Scientist with Exercise& Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates may be employed in the private and public sectors. Exercise and sport scientists provide assessment, monitoring and program prescription for fitness and exercise in a diverse range of populations from the chronically ill to elite athletes.

Graduates may also be able to pursue research in exercise science or to apply for post-graduate study in areas such as exercise physiology, physiotherapy, dietetics, rehabilitation, and medicine.

All years of the degree are taught at the Launceston campus of the University of Tasmania, primarily within the School of Human Life Sciences with professional practicum in Years 3 or 4 undertaken within a relevant professional setting.

Admission & Prerequisites

Minimum University requirements, including Physical Sciences TQA3 (PSC315109) (or equivalent), plus one other science subject from:Health Studies TQA3 (HLT315108), Sports Science TQA3(SPT315108), Mathematics Applied TQC3 (MTA315109), Mathematics Methods TQA3 (MTM315109), Mathematics Specialised TQA3 (MTS315109), Biology TQA3 (BIO315109), Chemistry TQA3 (CHM315109), or Physics TQA3 (PHY315109), or equivalent. Students who do not have pre-tertiary Physical Sciences or equivalent should complete KYA004 Physics Foundation Unit offered in Spring Semester and it is highly recommended that students also complete the Chemistry Foundation unit (KRA001 Chemistry Foundation Unit) offered in Summer Semester. Students who do not meet the prerequisites should consider enrolment in the Bachelor of Health Science as a potential pathway to the Bachelor of Exercise Science.

In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Human Life Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this course. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.

A quota applies to this course.

Course Objectives

The Bachelor of Exercise Science prepares students to work as exercise scientists, sport scientists or to pursue research or professional/allied health focussed postgraduate studies.

Career Outcomes

The course aims to produce graduates who meet the professional requirements for registration as exercise scientists with ESSA. Graduates can then apply for accreditation with ESSA as an exercise scientist and may be employed in hospitals, gymnasiums and private practices. Graduates can also work as sport scientists with professional teams as well as State and National Sporting Academies and Institutes. They may be employable as cardiac technicians in hospitals and surgeries.

Exercise Science graduates have been employed in a diverse range of related careers such as respiratory and sleep technicians/scientists, medical sales representatives, Health/Education project officers and sports development officers.

Graduates may also be able to pursue research in Exercise Science or apply for post-graduate study in areas such as exercise physiology, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, dietetics and medicine.

A limited number of places for high achieving students are available in a formally linked Masters of Physiotherapy program at the University of South Australia.

Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching may continue their studies with a Master of Teaching.

Articulation to/from Course

Students in the Bachelor of Exercise Science will be able to transfer to Bachelor of Health Science at the end of Year 1.

Some high achieving Year 1 Bachelor of Health Science or Bachelor of Human Movement students may be able to transfer into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Exercise Science if places are available.

Professional Recognition

Graduands from the Bachelor of Exercise Science will be able to apply individually for membership to ESSA.

Miscellaneous Information

This course includes professional experience placement units that require students to attend relevant professional workplaces. Any costs incurred by the student whilst undertaking professional experience placement are expected to be covered by the student.

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary background and skills to apply for full membership of ESSA and as such requires students to complete a practicum unit. Students require a certain level of manual dexterity to complete this course. If you have concerns, please contact the School of Human Life Sciences or the University of Tasmania Disability Officer.

Students are required to have a vaccination for Hepatitis B, complete a First Aid Certificate prior to undertaking the practicum unit and may be required to provide a police check depending on the practicum organisation.

Some units and practicum requirements may be outside normal university semesters.

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