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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

The University of Newcastle

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People use exercise for a whole range of reasons, from staying fit and healthy, managing diseases, or completing in elite sports. Exercise and sport science is an inspiring and rapidly evolving field that explores how best to prescribe and deliver exercise for health and performance benefits. From studying the degree, you could find yourself using the science of exercise and other lifestyle factors to make people more active, healthier or perform better.

At the University of Newcastle, we have a globally-recognised approach to the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science that encompasses all aspects of physical health and that is delivered through a combination of online and face to face teaching. Graduation from the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science can lead to multiple career pathways and further study options.

Areas of study

Biomechanics; clinical exercise testing and prescription; exercise physiology; growth, development and ageing; sports nutrition.

Career opportunities

Exercise scientist, exercise rehabilitation/injury management advisor, player development manager, research scientist, sports administrator, sports development officer.

Practical experience

This degree is offered at our Central Coast campus where you have access to world-class facilities including high quality laboratories, the latest testing equipment and a state-of-the-art gym. You will undertake valuable work experience in the sport and fitness industry through our professional placement program (140 hours). In addition to placement within gyms and exercise clinics, we also have strong ties with the Newcastle Knights Rugby League Club, Central Coast Mariners Football Club and the Newcastle Jets Football Club to ensure interesting and dynamic placement opportunities.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).


Available as an additional year (or part time equivalent) to meritorious students.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: At least two of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Advanced, Physics.

Recommended studies: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
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Review of programs 
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.