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Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours)

Overview

Want to help elite athletes be the best they can be, get your community fit and healthy, or rehabilitate injury in healthy people wanting to be more physically active?

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) provides a direct pathway to a career as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) or Accredited Sport Scientist (AspS).

In these careers you’ll apply your expertise to help maximise the performance of elite athletes, promote healthy ageing, and generally improve people’s health and wellbeing. You could find yourself working in a variety of settings, such as sports academies and institutes, sporting clubs and associations, rehabilitation or sports medicine clinics, hospitals, health and fitness centres, research centres, or even the defence forces.

During your program you'll learn how to apply complex knowledge to the design, delivery, and evaluation of exercise programs, interventions and assessments for clients with specific needs. You'll learn about the intricacies of human movement, and have the opportunity to study the biology, technology, behaviour and best practices that underpin exercise and sport sciences.

As a graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for membership to the peak national accrediting body, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), as an Accredited Exercise Scientist. You can also apply for membership as an Accredited Sport Scientist if you complete the elective course ‘Developing the Elite Athlete’ and practicum under an appropriate supervisor.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
QTAC Code
729302
Program Code
2371
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$39344 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
729302
Program Code
2371
CRICOS Code
082624M
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • UQ is the only university in Australia to offer honours within an exercise and sport sciences degree.
  • Focus on areas such as elite athlete development, sports conditioning and performance, clinical measurements or corporate and community health and fitness.
  • Gain 500 hours of hands-on experience through practical placements with clients in a supervised environment.
  • Benefit from the latest industry equipment in biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology and strength conditioning labs and clinics.

2 in the world for sports-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Australia for sports-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

You will undertake 500 hours of supervised professional practice in a range of settings that includes sporting academies and institutes, professional sporting teams (e.g. Brisbane Broncos, Queensland Firebirds and Brisbane Roar), hospitals and local government and a variety of health care organisations and fitness facilities.

A variety of sessional professional practical experiences are available from your second year before commencing full-time block placements in years 3 and 4.

Please note, some placement providers require students to provide a criminal history check and the students allocated to these placement providers will be required to supply this.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

Students seeking Sport Scientist accreditation (Accredited Sport Scientist) will need to have completed sports science professional practicum under an appropriate supervisor.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Biomechanics
  • Health and Fitness Through Diet and Exercise
  • Professions, People and Healthcare
  • Anatomical Basis of Human Movement

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Sport scientist
  • Exercise scientist
  • Biomechanist
  • Cardiac scientist
  • Community recreation and fitness officer
  • Respiratory technician
  • Strength and conditioning specialist
  • Health promotion officer

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Exercise & Sports Science Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
88.0032

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 165.47 KB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade of A in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

This program may be completed part-time, however, semesters that include a placement must be studied full-time.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Additional application information

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Exercise and Sport Sc(Hons) for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest9999.95
Median91.292.1
Lowest83.288.05

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

2126.92%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
4861.54%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

911.54%

Total

78100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $39,344

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $9,045

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) is 2371.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Sciences (Honours) is 729302.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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