BP296 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

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Plan: BP296 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)
Award abbreviation: BAppSc(Ex&SportSc)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years Full Time; 6 years Part Time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 069903
CRICOS code: 077052G

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Purpose of the Program

In addition to an increased involvement of graduates in the sports industry as coaches, advisors and analysts, the growth of Australia’s aging population and an increase in our sedentary lifestyle is creating a need for more expertise in the health sector. The Exercise and Sport Science program at RMIT can prepare you for a career in both the sport performance and healthy exercise industries.

In a sporting context, sport scientists will work alongside support staff and coaches to assess and improve fitness (physiology) and skills using biomechanics and motor skill assessments.

In a health setting, accredited exercise physiologists can work alongside other health professionals such as physiotherapists, providing expertise on what exercise will benefit a person and designing their workout program. This can be for those recovering in hospital from musculoskeletal injuries, heart attacks, or other conditions. People may also be referred to an exercise physiologist by a general practitioner as part of a strategy to reduce their risk of suffering from disease.

The program provides you with the fundamental knowledge required to understand the physical, mental and social aspects of exercise for sport, health, recreation and rehabilitation. During the program, you will complete a minimum of 140 hours of work-integrated learning (WIL). These placements can be in recreation centres, sports teams, rehabilitation clinics and research units. The structure of the program means that you will develop the knowledge and skills that you require to become an effective sport and exercise scientist and enables you to apply these skills in the later part of the program through your capstone placements courses (OHTH2115 Human Movement Field Experience  and OHTH2116 Advanced Performance Analysis and Prescription).  Such placements enable you to prepare for and facilitate your  transition from student to practitioner.

This program is delivered face-to-face and includes web-based learning components.  It requires on campus attendance in either full time or part time mode. 

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Articulation and pathways

As a successful graduate of this program, you may (upon application) be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice. Examples of destination programs include  BH058P12 Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours),  BP279HSDD Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) or MC190 Master of Science (International Sports Technology).

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in one of Physical Education, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (CAS), Specialist Mathematics or Physics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


Working with Children Check: Students must hold a Working with Children Check before undergoing practical components of this course. Failure to hold satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete this course.

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External accreditation and industry links

The program is accredited with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the exercise science level, and graduates are eligible to apply for membership with ESSA. ESSA is a professional organisation committed to establishing, promoting and supporting the career paths of tertiary-trained exercise and sport science practitioners (www.essa.org.au).

Graduates from ESSA-accredited Exercise Science degrees may apply for postgraduate study in accredited National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP) postgraduate degrees that will enable them to become accredited exercise physiologists through ESSA.

The School of Health and Biomedical Sciences has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), and through research projects and consulting. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed to both the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers. Within the program you will undertake placements that may be located at sports clubs, recreation facilities, health and rehabilitation centres. You can also actively engage in exercise and sport science research projects with industry within RMIT or located externally. Projects include:

  •        elite athlete performance and skill learning
  •        workplace injury prevention
  •        skeletal muscle adaptations and exercise performance
  •        effects of diet, exercise and behaviour in the development or treatment of obesity and diabetes

Many of the teaching staff within the program are (or have been) practising industry professionals with extensive industry experience and contact networks in sport, physical activity and health.  This experience, when integrated with teaching and learning practice, enriches your learning environment.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books and journals relevant to Sport Science refer to: http://rmit.libguides.com/exercise

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

Services for students
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students/services 

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