About the program

The Bond University Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science equips you with comprehensive knowledge and skills in health, fitness and athletic performance.

The program provides exciting career opportunities as well as an accelerated undergraduate pathway to graduate-entry studies in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetic practice, or high performance sports science.

During this program, you will gain an understanding of basic and applied sciences in relation to health and human movement including healthy ageing, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and elite sport performance. Areas of study include anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, biomechanics, motor learning and control, exercise and sport psychology as well as exercise prescription and planning. 

The program focuses on real-world learning with a significant proportion of the degree offering practical experience. Delivery of the program is primarily at the world-class Bond Institute of Health & Sport (BIHS), where you will gain exceptional, high-quality practical experience in our high performance gym, health science laboratories and sports science research laboratories. You will have access to equipment to deliver a wide range of athlete testing and performance analysis.

These facilities provide sports science testing and training services to a variety of elite and sub-elite athletes, providing an exceptional learning experience. At the Institute you will also learn, engage and collaborate with other health professional students including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics which mirror the team approach to allied health care today.

Bond University is also the lead institution for the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for Advancing Exercise and Sports Science (CRNAESS).

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science will provide you with an accelerated undergraduate pathway to postgraduate studies in sports science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, as well as broader sporting and allied health programs.

Successful completion of this degree guarantees graduates an interview for the following Bond University programs*:

You can also undertake higher degree qualifications by research in areas such as Strength & Conditioning through research-based honours studies, leading to a PhD.

* As entry into these programs is highly competitive, an offer may be dependent on a candidate’s final GPA and interview outcomes.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science will equip you with a strong understanding of exercise science and human biology, and graduates of this degree may seek employment in a range of careers in Australia and around the world that may include:

  • Exercise and sports scientists
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Athletic/sport program coordinator
  • Corporate and community health and fitness consultant
  • Cardiac technologist
  • Sleep technician

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program comprises 24 subjects, as follows:

University core subjects (3)

Plus: Beyond Bond: Professional Development and Community Engagement

Foundation subjects (6)

Introductory specialist subjects (8)

Advanced specialist subjects (7)

 *Subject names and structure may change

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.

Academic requirements

Successful completion of Year 12 with successful completion of English; and either Maths B OR Physics OR equivalent (students without the equivalent of Maths B or Physics will be required to successfully complete a bridging subject in one of those disciplines).

Bond University does not rely solely on the Overall Position (OP) or the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Rather, a range of criteria is used such as extracurricular involvement and personal attributes, including outstanding leadership and community involvement qualities. Bond College offers Pathways to further study for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.

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 successful 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

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

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:

You may also have the opportunity to pursue tailored interstate placements.

The Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science will provide you with an accelerated undergraduate pathway to postgraduate studies in sports science, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, as well as broader sporting and allied health programs.

Successful completion of this degree guarantees graduates an interview for the following Bond University programs*:

You can also undertake higher degree qualifications by research in areas such as Strength & Conditioning through research-based honours studies, leading to a PhD.

* As entry into these programs is highly competitive, an offer may be dependent on a candidate’s final GPA and interview outcomes.

Bond University application for the course is currently under consideration by Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), under the National University Course Accreditation Program. 

Bond University boasts world class teaching facilities that create an invigorating learning environment.  View some of the exercise and sports science facilities below...

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.