Kick start your international career in Exercise and Sports Science at Bond University
Programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine include significant placements and/or practical/skills components. Programs are structured so that students gradually develop skills and/or professional competencies across the entire duration of each program. Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, modifications have been made to enable remote study for as much of each program as possible. However, there is a point in every program beyond which students will need to be face-to-face on campus in order to continue.
Details for this program are:
The upcoming semester for first year students in this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with a remote option available to students unable to attend for COVID-19 related reasons*. Whether a student is on campus or remote, students will be able to access Bond’s personalised learning experience through interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, and lab sessions. Continuing students in this program are required to attend campus face-to-face to complete placements in Semesters 4-6. Students who are unable to attend face-to-face for these semesters will be required to take a leave of absence until they can do so.
*All students who wish to attend remotely must contact the Head of Program to confirm individual arrangements and study plans.
Are you passionate about sport and science? The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science looks at the science of human movement and how it relates to performance and sport at the highest levels.
You’ll study human anatomy and physiology, exercise and sport physiology, exercise biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and exercise and sport psychology. Throughout the program, you’ll be engaging with and delivering a wide range of athlete testing, performance analysis, exercise prescription and delivery for healthy individuals and non-athletes, as well as strength and conditioning programs for elite athletes.
Adding to the hands-on nature of your learning experience, you’ll complete a minimum of 140 hours interning in a variety of national and international sport, exercise, fitness and healthcare environments such as the Australian Institute of Sport and Australian Rugby Union.
Our exercise and sports science program is delivered at the Bond Institute of Health & Sport where you will be working with elite athletes and professional state, national and international teams who come to the Institute’s High-Performance Training Centre for sports science testing, training and recovery.
Thanks to Bond’s trimester system, you can complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in just two years and continue on to postgraduate studies in health sciences programs, making this the fastest pathway to careers in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics.
There are scholarships available for prospective students of the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science program at Bond. We encourage you to look at all the scholarships available, specifically the (Academic) Excellence Scholarship, Leadership Scholarship, and Sport Scholarships. These scholarships have been widely applied for successfully by Exercise and Sports Science students and we encourage you to apply. Many Exercise and Sports Science Students at Bond are also Tier 1 athletes of the Elite Sport Program, find out how you can apply to the Elite Sport Program.
Campus and Bond University experience
Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade.
For our Exercise and Sports Science students, this means learning in small, discussion-based classes with sports academics and researchers – many of whom are elite athletes in their own right.
The Bond Institute of Health & Sport will be your base - adjacent to the Cbus Super Stadium at Robina (home of the Gold Coast Titans and host venue of the 2019 Commonwealth Games Rugby 7s). Here you’ll have full access to the most advanced testing, training and recovery technologies in a suite of health science and sports research laboratories. The Institute also includes a high performance gymnasium, pool and temperature contrast pools, an altitude training room and a multimedia study centre.
In addition to the Bond Institute of Health & Sport, on the main Bond campus, the team at the Career Development Centre will help strengthen your interpersonal and employability skills and help you prepare for the job application and interview process. You’ll also be able to work on real-life projects of your own choosing under the guidance of academics and industry mentors in the Transformer program.
Bond is renowned for its amazing student facilities and social activities, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants and cafes all right here on campus.
Take advantage of international placement opportunities
Bond University is a member of the Australian Sport Commission’s Elite Athlete Friendly University Agreement (EAFUA). Through this agreement, Bond is dedicated to supporting elite athletes in the balanced pursuit of their academic and sporting goals by introducing more flexible academic regulations and requirements for elite student-athletes.
- Complete your Bachelor degree in just two years, thanks to Bond’s trimester system followed by a further two years for a postgraduate qualification in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Nutrition and Dietetics
- Learn by experience at Bond University’s High Performance Training Centre – the only centre in Australia to be awarded a 2020-2023 Strength of America accreditation by the US National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Minimum of 140 hours internship experience including a Capstone subject (final semester) where students bring their skills and knowledge into a workplace-based research project
- Get practical experience and meet valuable industry contacts through work placements, group research projects, internships and event volunteer opportunities
- Become proficient with the latest technologies in sports performance, including GPS, video analysis and athlete management software
- Gain industry certifications in strength and conditioning, sports first aid and CPR, massage and sports strapping
- Live and study overseas with international exchange opportunities in Ireland and the Solomon Islands
- Learn in small, discussion-based classes under the mentorship of world-renowned exercise and sport science academics and researchers
About the program
The Bond University Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with comprehensive knowledge and applied skills in health, fitness and sport performance. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic and applied sciences as they apply to personal and community healthand fitness, and sport performance at all levels. Show more
The Bond University Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with comprehensive knowledge and applied skills in health, fitness and sport performance. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic and applied sciences as they apply to personal and community healthand fitness, and sport performance at all levels. Areas of study include human anatomy and physiology, exercise and sport physiology, exercise biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, exercise and sport psychology. The program focuses on real-world learning delivered through significant practical experience and authentic assessment to maximise employment outcomes for graduates. Delivery of the program is primarily at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport where you will gain high-quality and practical learning experiences in our internationally-recognised High-Performance Training Centre, as well as our exercise and sports science teaching and research laboratories. These facilities provide sports science testing, training and recovery services to a variety of elite and sub-elite athletes including state, national and international athletes and teams, providing an exceptional and authentic learning experience for students. Throughout the degree, you will engage with and deliver a wide range of athlete testing, performance analysis, exercise prescription and delivery for healthy individuals and non-athletes, as well as strength and conditioning opportunities for athletes. You will also learn, engage and collaborate with other allied health professional students including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics, which models the current best practice for allied health care. The program prepares graduates for exciting career opportunities in exercise science, sports science and strength and conditioning as well as providing an accelerated undergraduate pathway to graduate-entry studies including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetic practice, and high-performance sports science. Show less
|Mode||On Campus and Remote|
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Bachelors Degree|
|Study area||Health Sciences, Sport|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program comprises 23 subjects, including 3 CORE subjects plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement, as follows:
Please note the below will be effective from January 2019. Current students, please refer to respective Program Structure and Sequence Plan.
- Critical Thinking and Communication (CORE11-001)
- Foundations of Exercise and Sports Science (SPEX11-102)
- Principles of Human Structure and Function (BMED11-109)
- Chemistry for Living Systems (BMED11-114)
- Collaboration Teams and Leadership (CORE11-002)
- Functional Anatomy (SPEX11-113)
- Human Organ Systems 1 (BMED11-110)
- Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport (SPEX11-103)
- Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport (SPEX11-304)
- Motor Control and Learning in Exercise and Sport (SPEX12-311)
- Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology (SPEX11-104)
- Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport (SPEX12-312)
- Responsibility, Integrity and Civic Discourse (CORE11-003)
- Health Research Methods (HPER12-101)
- Exercise Testing, Prescription and Delivery (SPEX13-335)
- Introduction to Professional Practice in Exercise and Sport Science (SPEX12-313)
- Advanced Physiology and Biochemistry of Exercise and Sport (SPEX13-336)
- Advanced Biomechanics of Exercise and Sport (SPEX13-339)
- Advanced Exercise Testing, Prescription and Delivery (SPEX13-338)
- Behaviour Change to Enhance Health (SPEX13-334)
- Sport and Exercise Nutrition (NUTR12-101)
- Professional Practice & Practicum (Capstone Project) 20cps (SPEX13-333)
- Exercise and Sport for Lifelong Health (SPEX13-337)
Subject names and structure may change
N.B: Students who have undertaken prior tertiary/post-secondary studies can apply for credit transfers and advanced standing towards this program.
Learning & teaching methodology
The Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science program is delivered by means of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, presentations, assignments, science laboratories, computer laboratories and industry projects. Assessment may include objective structured practical examinations, theory papers, assignments and oral presentations. The curriculum is intended to build knowledge, information and practical skills in sequential stages from basic to complex.
The program places an emphasis on real-world experience from the first semester. Students engage in activities such as case-based learning, practical sessions, practical work placements and problem-solving to develop their competencies.
Recommended study structure
Please visit Program Structure and Sequence Plans for the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine for guidance on study plans.
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $21,040* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $126,240
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.
Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
Entry score for 2021 entry
|Min ATAR||Min OP||Min IB|
Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at the Faculty in the January semester 2020.
Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.
In addition, this program requires successful completion of:
- English, and
- Mathematics at the level of General Mathematics* or equivalent; and
- One (1) of Physical Education or Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Science 21 or equivalent.
* Maths A
Faculty approved bridging/preparatory courses
Successfully Completed Subject/Course
Mathematics Bridging Course – 3 week intensive [email protected]
Open University – University of South Australia
Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry
Open University – Murdoch University
Fundamentals of Mathematics
Adjustment Factors for Undergraduate Admission
If you are a current Australian year 12 applicant or successfully completed your Australian Year 12 studies no more than two years ago and have not commenced any university studies, you may be eligible for adjustments to help you get into your intended program at Bond University. Upward adjustments to ATAR scores can be based on sporting excellence at school, club or representative levels; community engagement and school or community leadership; subjects’ studies at school, indigenous background, and living remotely. For more information go to https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply/undergraduate-admissions-criteria
2021 Year 12 Entry
To ensure students are not disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, current Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer for 2021 entry conditional on the completion of Year 12. Applications will be assessed based on their first semester Year 12 results and meeting any subject prerequisite requirements for their program. Find out more.
International Secondary School students
For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.
Alternative entry pathways
For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:
- Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
- Bond University Diploma programs
- Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
- Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
- Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.
For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
How to apply
As an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES), there is the opportunity to work in a number of industries and employment sectors in the corporate, government and non-government sectors.
The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science can lead to roles as an Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Athletic/sport program coordinator and various positions as a health and fitness consultant, working in corporate and community settings.
The following table will give you an idea of the wide range of career opportunities available:
EXAMPLE EMPLOYMENT AREAS
Health Policy/Program planning
Government – local, state and federal, Non Government Organisations (NGOs)
Schools, Government – local, state and federal, Early learning environments
Healthy Ageing roles
Aged Care sector – community settings, residential aged care facilities
Health Promotion roles
Community health and hospitals
Non-clinical Case Management
Private and inter-professional health clinics, Insurance providers
Corporate Health Program roles
Corporate settings, Industrial and mining sectors, Workplace wellbeing programs (employment screening)
Specialised Occupations (Cardiac Technician, Sleep Technician)
Hospitals and health clinics
Sports Coach/Sports Trainer
Fitness Instructor, Trainer, Fitness Centre Manager
Fitness Centre, Gymnasium, Private practice or business
The Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science offers an accelerated pathway to postgraduate studies in sports science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and , nutrition and dietetics, as well as broader sporting and allied health disciplines. Specifically, successful completion of this degree means that students meet the pre-requisites and requirements for an interview into the following Bond University programs*:
You might also look at taking higher degree qualifications through Research-based Honours studies. Fees will be waivered for domestic students commencing a Masters by Research or PhD in areas such as:
- Exercise and Sport Physiology Exercise
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Exercise and Sport Psychology
- Motor Control and Learning
- Strength and Conditioning
*Please note that entry into these programs is highly competitive. Offers of a place will be dependent on a candidate’s final GPA and interview outcomes.
This program and its subjects align with Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Exercise Science Standards. It currently has Qualifying Accreditation with ESSA and is seeking full accreditation. Graduates of Bond’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science will be recognised in industry as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES).
According to the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Australian Government Department of Education, employer satisfaction with Bond graduates has been rated highest in Australia for three years in a row.
We believe this is due to Bond’s uniquely personalised approach to teaching, combined with the program’s focus on real-world learning, small group work, research programs and active learning. This degree also offers extensive opportunities for practical experience with sport and fitness organisations and schools where you will start building your future network of industry contacts.
The program not only includes a high level of practical experience within the classroom but also features a minimum of 140 hours internship experience in a variety of sport, exercise and healthcare environments as required for accreditation as an Exercise Scientist. This provides you with valuable hands-on work experience before career commencement. Many graduates have been offered work based on these placement opportunities.
Previous Bond students have completed placements at organisations such as:
- Atkins Health
- Australian Rugby Union
- Australian University Games
- Brisbane Lions AFL Women
- Confederation of Australian Motor Sport
- Gold Coast Suns AFL
- Gold Coast United Soccer
- Netball Queensland
- Paddle Australia
- Queensland Academy of Sport
- Robina State High School Sports Academy
- Triathlon Australia
You may also have the opportunity to pursue tailored interstate placements.
Bond University boasts world class teaching facilities that create an invigorating learning environment. View some of the exercise and sports science facilities below...
- Bond Institute of Health & Sport
- High-Performance Training Centre (HPTC)
- Anatomy & Histology Laboratory
- Exercise & Sports Science Laboratories
Bond University is a member of the Australian Sport Commission’s Elite Athlete Friendly University Agreement (EAFUA). Through this agreement, Bond is dedicated to supporting elite athletes in the balanced pursuit of their academic and sporting goals by introducing more flexible academic regulations and requirements for elite student athletes.