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What will I learn?

A career in sport and exercise science is more than coaching, matches and athletes. It's a dynamic and exhilarating field that uses data and scientific principles and techniques to help people build strength, regain movement, prevent injuries and perform at their peak. With Australia's ageing population and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, we need sport and exercise science professionals more than ever before. La Trobe's Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science gives you the scientific knowledge and practical skills to improve health and wellbeing.

You'll gain a detailed understanding of the science behind training. Explore the strengths and limitations of the human body while building strong foundations in physiology, anatomy and biomechanics.

You'll learn:

Physiology and biomechanics

Investigate the physiological response of the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems to sport and exercise.

Strength and conditioning

Learn scientific principles and techniques to enhance strength, endurance and speed qualities of athletes to meet the demands of various sports.

Skill development in sport

Discover the science behind movement learning and execution and its relationship to athlete performance.

Performance analysis

Explore the theoretical concepts and principles that underpin the field of sports analytics and performance analysis.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Career outcomes

Possible career paths include:

Sports scientist

Conduct research relating to sport in an elite environment such as a National sports institute or professional sports club.

Health and wellness officer

Design and implement health and wellbeing programs in the workplace including exercise, mindfulness and meditation programs.

Personal trainer

Prescribe and instruct exercise programs in a variety of settings including gyms, fitness clubs, sports centres and community centres.

Injury prevention or rehabilitation coach

Work with physiotherapists and other health professionals to reduce or prevent acute injuries or chronic diseases. Promote recovery techniques to improve fitness capacity and performance.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science is provisionally accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science are eligible to obtain accreditation credentialing with ESSA. Professional membership may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science is accredited by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science are eligible to obtain ASCA Level 1 Accreditation. Professional membership may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science may be eligible to apply for registration with Fitness Australia as a Registered Exercise Professional (AusREP). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing

CRICOS

095558J

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,400.00 (US$ 24,437) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate. International Baccalaureate - 24 to 33. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component, C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Chisholm Institute
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About La Trobe University

Research carried out at La Trobe University is ranked among the top 1.4% in the world and the institute offers world-class facilities.

  • Professional teaching environments and links to industries
  • One-to-one support for international students on any issue
  • Career Ready team help students prepare post-graduation life
  • Melbourne is ranked as the fifth best student city in 2017

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