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Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) (BSEH)

Entry requirements
ATAR 69.35
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Ipswich
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May
Note: Available to international students living in Australia only, due to on-campus and practical attendance requirements for some courses. Not available to international students residing overseas. 


  • Study with one of the few university degrees in Australia to offer a four-year undergraduate pathway to allied health practice.
  • Our Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) integrates not only academic learning through practical and theoretical expertise, but additionally, a research component which allows you to refine your research skills and experience, and open a myriad of career opportunities.
  • This degree is the professional qualification you need to obtain accreditation as an exercise physiologist, and will provide the competencies to design, deliver and evaluate exercise interventions for people with medical conditions, injuries, or disabilities. 
  • You will examine all aspects of clinical exercise physiology, including anatomy and physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, exercise prescription, and programming and delivery, alongside 500 hours of professional placements.
  • Benefit from UniSQ’s Exercise Physiology Clinic, a community exercise rehabilitation service providing ongoing care for patients. This service provides the opportunity to gain real life experience in assessment, exercise prescription, and education for individuals and groups, as well as training in clinical software systems within the Exercise Physiology Clinic that are used in industry.

Further study

With a focus on research within this degree, it allows for further opportunity in study, with the Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) as a viable pathway for First Class Honours graduates.   

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) is accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) at the level of Accredited Exercise Physiologist. 

Career outcomes

  • Graduate as an exercise physiologist, with the ability to be accredited with Exercise and Sport Science Australia. You can apply for a Medicare provider number and be recognised by private health funds for exercise physiology sessions.
  • Accredited clinical exercise physiologists can find jobs within the health, exercise, sports, and fitness industries. Positions are available within private practices, general practices, hospitals, insurance companies, and community health services. 
  • Graduates can work with general medical practitioners to assist with patient care under general practice management plans (part of the Medicare system).
  • Accredited exercise physiologists work across many areas of clinical care, including in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injury management, occupational health and work injury rehabilitation, cancer care, neurological rehabilitation, metabolic disease, renal disease, mental health care, and chronic, complex disease management.
  • Careers are also available in corporate health as organisations are realising the importance of employee health. Roles within this sector may include managing and rehabilitating injured staff or educating employees on safe work practices. Opportunities range from supporting baggage handlers at an airline, training hospitality staff in best health practice, or managing fatigue and physical strain of manufacturing production line employees.
  • Graduating with research skills as well as clinical skills allows you to undertake roles such as interpreting health related data, policy writing within the sports industry, contributing to health papers, and working with specialised agencies, such as the World Health Organisation.  

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 69.35 66.00


To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degree's student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing any placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check (if unable to obtain: Australian Police Certificate)
  • first aid certificate
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate 
  • a signed UniSQ Student Declaration

Most placements also require:

  • National Disability Worker Screening
  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist
  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules
  • Evidence of immunity to vaccine preventable diseases, demonstrated via:
    • Hepatitis B vaccination and/or seroconversion
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella immunisation
    • Tuberculosis risk assessment
    • Seasonal influenza vaccination
    • COVID-19 vaccination.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP).

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 31
1 x elective 1
Total 32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Clinical experience

In addition to the courses to be studied, you will also need to complete clinical experience, where interactive hands-on activities, such as experiments and use of specialist equipment, are undertaken.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of clinical/professional practice within this degree.

Residential schools

All students will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials to gain practical experience, use facilities and specialist equipment, and meet staff and other students.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 16323
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 906215
Ipswich 936211

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 20 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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With the knowledge you'll get from a UniSQ exercise psychology degree you will be qualified to work with individuals and the community to help them achieve their goals, whether that's to become an elite athlete, gain more muscle or improve their vitality as they age.

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Why study clinical exercise physiology at UniSQ?

Make the practical choice for your clinical exercise physiology career when you choose UniSQ as you mix evidence-based learning with hands-on training.

  • Start your exercise physiology career in only four years with UniSQ as one of the few degrees in Australia to offer such a pathway to Allied Health practice.
  • Put your theory into practice with UniSQ’s Sport and Exercise Clinic, giving you the opportunity to work directly with patients in exercise rehabilitation. 
  • Gain the experience of assessing individuals, prescribing exercise plans, and using industry clinical exercise physiology software.
  • UniSQ is rated 5/5 stars* for Health Services and Support:
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What specialisations of Clinical Exercise Physiology are offered at UniSQ?

You'll be covering a diverse range of specialities from anatomy and physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning to exercise prescription while you study exercise physiology with UniSQ.

This means you'll be empowered to choose whichever career path you're passionate about while also meeting the accreditation requirements to practice as an exercise physiologist. 

Are there any opportunities for hands-on experience or internships during the course?

Clinical exercise physiology is a highly practical course where you'll complete 500 hours of clinical experience during your four years of study.

This includes working hands-on with individuals at our community exercise rehabilitation clinic ensuring you're ready for a thriving career upon graduation.

If you enrolled to study our exercise physiology degree externally, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and network with staff and fellow students. 

What are the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)?

This will vary depending on where you choose to study your clinical exercise physiology degree, however at UniSQ you'll need to meet the minimum ATAR and assumed knowledge.

We use ‘Assumed knowledge’ to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

In addition to meeting these requirements if you have exercise physiology placements throughout your degree you will have to provide documents such as a Blue Card or Working with Children Check, first aid certificate, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate and a student declaration.

Did you know you may qualify for additional points to improve your Rank? Our Adjustment Factor Pathways can increase your Selection Rank, through the allocation of points in certain circumstances, such as, where you live and the subjects you’ve passed. 

For further information on ATAR and assumed knowledge and supporting information, please view the entry requirements section of this page. 

What are the career opportunities for graduates with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)?

Once you finish your exercise physiology degree at UniSQ you'll be equipped and in demand for a variety of career opportunities including:

  • various roles within the health, exercise, sports and fitness
  • working with general medical practitioners to support with patient care within the healthcare system.
  • honing your knowledge in exercise physiology while working across clinical care settings such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injury management, metabolic disease or work injury rehabilitation. 
  • interpreting the latest health science for policy writing within the sports industry or even contribute to health papers yourself.  
Are flexible study options available?

At UniSQ we're big believers in flexible study options for our degrees, putting the power in your hands. You can study a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) part-time, full-time, on-campus or complete some of your subjects online.

This degree is hands-on which means you'll be required to take part in on-campus clinical experience and residential schools for many subjects throughout your studies. This is to make sure you get the most out of your learning experience.