Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
James Cook University - Townsville

Course outline

This course produces graduates with an understanding of the processes and mechanisms of human physical activity. Students focus on how physical activity enhances human performance in occupational, sport, exercise, and leisure settings. Foundation studies include anatomy, physiology and psychology, followed by applied and advanced studies in exercise physiology, sports medicine, functional anatomy, biomechanics, health promotion, sport and exercise nutrition, and sport and exercise psychology. Students have access to world-class technical, training and testing facilities, including our new state of the art JCU Sport Performance Hub. This course is accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Visit:


Students commencing studies mid-year will complete the course in 3.5 years.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for: D Higher Education (Health)/B Sport and Exercise Science.

Other requirements

Students must complete 140 hours of practical experience with sporting, professional and community bodies including institutes/academies of sport, hospitals, professional sporting clubs, defence forces, fitness centres, and other allied health services. Prior to taking professional placements, students must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicellla, and pertussis, and current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. Students must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A Suitability Card is required and an Australian Federal Police check may be required; refer to institution. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Recommended study
One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Health or Physical Education (Units 3 and 4, C)
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Career opportunities

Community and corporate health and fitness, government agencies associated with sport, physical activity and health, sports academies, research.


Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

Course Code
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Offer rounds
CSP/$9450 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

3 years Full time or 6 years Part time or 31/2 years Full time | 31/2 years full-time for mid-year entry.