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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSES)

Entry requirements
ATAR 65.60
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul
Note: Available to international on-campus and external students living in Australia only, but not available to international students residing overseas. After year 1, residential school courses at UniSQ Ipswich are required.


  • Is your passion to work in the sport, exercise, health or fitness field?
  • The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science will develop your knowledge and skills to apply the science of sport and exercise and develop interventions that improve sport performance, health, and fitness, and assist in the prevention of chronic diseases.
  • During your degree, your studies will cover all aspects of sport and exercise science, including anatomy and physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, exercise prescription, and programming and delivery, alongside professional placements.
  • By combining theoretical knowledge and practical applications with 140 hours of professional placement, you will be well-equipped for the career market.

Professional accreditation

Graduates can apply for individual Exercise Science Accreditation (AES) with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Career outcomes

  • After three years of study you will be an exercise scientist, able to work in the sport and health industries as a technician. Some exercise scientists work alongside sport scientists supporting athletes to improve sport performance. Others work alongside clinicians in the healthcare system using exercise as medicine. 
  • You can expect to find employment in roles such as health promotion, recreation officer, gym manager, sports development officer, or work within sports tourism, community sport and recreation, and promotion of sport performance among athletes.
  • If you add further study to your three-year Sport and Exercise Science degree, you can become a sport scientist or an accredited exercise physiologist (clinician) in your own right. The Sport and Exercise Science degree at UniSQ is the ideal starting point to either of these careers. 
  • The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science may also provide a pathway for postgraduate studies in other areas.  

Entry requirements

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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. 65.60 68.00


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 for Semester 1 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 6.5 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 clinical 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.

Note: Courses that include a practical skill competency component and residential school will be conducted at UniSQ Ipswich.

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 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 23
1 x elective
Total 24

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

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, 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 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 15136
Domestic full fee paying

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

AUD 25440

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2023. 

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 906145
Ipswich 936111
Toowoomba 906111

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.

The closing dates for applying directly to UniSQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2023 - applications close on 20 February and the Semester 1 study period commences on Monday 20 February, 2023.
  • Semester 2, 2023 - applications close on 10 July and the Semester 2 study period commences on Monday 10 July, 2023.

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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Begin your study journey today with the university rated five out of five stars for graduates starting salaries* and start the degree that’s right for you.

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What is a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science?
A Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science is a 3-year undergraduate degree giving you the skills needed to apply the science of sports and exercise to improve sports performance, health and fitness.
What can you do with a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science?

Exercise scientists enjoy many career paths, including:

  • sports technician
  • health technician
  • sport development office
  • athlete performance
  • clinician support
  • health promotion
  • recreation officer
  • gym manager.

If you continue your studies with the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours), you can become a sport scientist or an accredited exercise physiologist (clinician).

How long does a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science take?
A Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science will take you approximately 3 years to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses.
Why study a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science?
If you are passionate about working in the sport, exercise, health or fitness field, this degree may be a great fit. A Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science qualification can lead to fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities in both private and public sectors in Australian and internationally.
Are flexible study options available?
You can choose to study our Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science either on-campus (Ipswich and Toowoomba) or externally. Regardless of how you choose to study, you’ll experience the same level of support and opportunity to connect with others. Discover more about the different ways to study at UniSQ.
What pathways are available for a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science?
Our Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) is a free and flexible gateway to uni, giving you an alternative entry path into the Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science.
How much does a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science cost in Australia?

The cost of a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

When you study with us, the first year of your studies will cost approximately AUD 14000 (Commonwealth supported place), not including:

  • Professional experience costs
  • Student services and amenities fees
  • Residential school costs.

Please view the fees and scholarships section of this page for details.

Why study a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science at UniSQ?

There are many great reasons to study a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science at UniSQ and take the first steps to a fulfilling career:

  • Put your learnings into practice with 140 hours of professional placement.
  • Our research in human movement and sports science has been evaluated as well above world class in the latest ERA results.
  • UniSQ’s Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science graduates can apply for individual Exercise Science Accreditation (AES) with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).