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Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Program overview

Combine your interest in sport with the knowledge and understanding of how cells, organ systems and the body, respond to exercise and nutrition through a degree in exercise and sports science. 

Bond’s 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. 

From day one, you will dive deep into human anatomy, exercise and sport physiology, exercise biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and exercise and sport psychology. 

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 programs for elite athletes. 

The program is delivered at the Bond Institute of Health & Sport where there is the potential to observe and work with elite athletes and professional state, national and international teams who come to use the Institute’s High-Performance Training Centre

Adding to the hands-on nature of your learning experience, you will complete a minimum of 140 hours of placements in a variety of national and international sport, exercise, fitness, and healthcare environments, providing you with valuable work experience before commencing your career. 

Complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in just two years making this the fastest pathway to careers in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics. 

Program code: CC-60025

CRICOS code: 080641D

Program overview

Combine your interest in sport with the knowledge and understanding of how cells, organ systems and the body, respond to exercise and nutrition through a degree in exercise and sports science. 

Bond’s 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. 

From day one, you will dive deep into human anatomy, exercise and sport physiology, exercise biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and exercise and sport psychology. 

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 programs for elite athletes. 

The program is delivered at the Bond Institute of Health & Sport where there is the potential to observe and work with elite athletes and professional state, national and international teams who come to use the Institute’s High-Performance Training Centre

Adding to the hands-on nature of your learning experience, you will complete a minimum of 140 hours of placements in a variety of national and international sport, exercise, fitness, and healthcare environments, providing you with valuable work experience before commencing your career. 

Complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in just two years making this the fastest pathway to careers in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics. 

Program code: CC-60025

CRICOS code: 080641D

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About this 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 health and 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 provides an accelerated undergraduate pathway to graduate-entry studies including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, dietetic practice, and high-performance sports science.

Program specific scholarship

Elite Sport Program

Many exercise and sports science students at Bond are Tier 1 athletes of the Elite Sport Program.

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What you'll be studying

  • Semester 1

    In your first semester, begin your journey by understanding the foundations of human physiology and be introduced to the sub-disciplines of exercise and sports science. You will complete one of three core university subjects providing you with essential skills in critical thinking and communication.

  • Semester 2

    In semester two, gain knowledge in functional anatomy and exercise biochemistry, which will be integral for application to subsequent advanced subjects. You will complete two of three core university subjects providing you with essential skills in collaboration and leadership.

  • Semester 3

    Exercise and sports science content accelerates to specialised areas of biomechanics and motor learning in the final semester of your first year, where you will understand the science of movement and skill acquisition, the psychology of sport, and the physiology of exercise.

  • Semester 4

    Semester four begins with essential learning of research methods and pathways in applied health sciences which is important to underpin evidence-based practice as an exercise scientist. This semester also provides skills in exercise prescription and delivery, together with your first work experience/practicum (70 hours) of applying knowledge into practice. You will complete the final core university subject on responsibility, integrity, and civic discourse.

  • Semester 5

    Your fifth semester of study includes advanced subjects that provide high levels of academic understanding and practical implementation of biomechanics, physiology, exercise prescription and delivery, and the psychology of behavioural change. Each of these subjects is essential to undertaking a Capstone Project within your final semester the program.

  • Semester 6

    The 20-credit point Capstone Project enables you to practically apply your knowledge, skills and attributes gained. Combine the various sub-disciplines in exercise science into a project that includes initial assessment of participant health and fitness, an eight-week exercise-based intervention and concludes with a reflection on the project’s effectiveness.

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Program features

  • Pathway to further study

    With Bond’s three-semester-per-year timetable, you can complete the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in just two years and progress seamlessly into our postgraduate health sciences programs for another two years, making this the fastest pathway to a career in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nutrition and dietetics.

  • Placement opportunities

    Obtain 140 hours work experience in a variety of sport, exercise, fitness, and healthcare environments; and build your network with valuable industry contacts through work placements, group research projects, internships, and event volunteer opportunities. Many graduates have been offered work based on these placement opportunities.

  • Master critical skills

    Learn in small, discussion-based classes under the mentorship of leading exercise and sports science academics and researchers. You will become proficient with the latest technologies in sports performance, including GPS technology and video analysis. Towards the end of your degree, you will complete a Capstone subject bringing your skills and knowledge into a workplace-based research project.

  • Graduate certified-ready

    The program and its subjects align with Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Exercise Science standards, which means you will be recognised as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES).

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Hear from our Bondies

  • Exercise and Sports Science

    "I started wondering, ‘what would happen if I went all-out in a 200-metre event?’ ‘What’s the best angle for my freestyle catch?’. With these questions in my mind, it was only natural to pursue a degree in an area like exercise and sports science. When I was younger, I wanted to be a professional athlete, and now I’m excited to pursue a career as an exercise scientist, blending data and working with people."

    Hannah Schmidt - Student
  • High-performance manager

    "Having access to the facilities and contacts in the elite sporting world has led to a number of high-quality internships. The facilities also allowed for some outstanding learning opportunities, particularly from the perspective of an aspiring strength and conditioning coach with elite sporting teams constantly coming through. The program enabled me to network with highly respected people within the sports science and strength and conditioning industry, some of which I keep in touch with today."

    James Wiseman - Alumnus
  • Master of Science

    "The experiences I was given in this program reinforced my passion for elite sport. The program gave me the skills, experiences and networking opportunities which have acted as a launching pad into the sport science industry. My aim is to become either a researcher in the sports science field or a Head Sport Scientist of an elite sporting organisation."

    Gyan Wijekulasuriya - Alumnus
  • "As a student, I couldn’t believe the opportunities students have access to including the High-Performance Training Centre being part of our classroom, and the industry connections provided to us within the program. My end goal was to become a physiotherapist and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program helped me achieve this!"

    Shannon Gill - Alumna and physiotherapist
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Hear from our Bondies

  • "As a student, I couldn’t believe the opportunities students have access to including the High-Performance Training Centre being part of our classroom, and the industry connections provided to us within the program. My end goal was to become a physiotherapist and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science program helped me achieve this!"

    Shannon Gill - Alumna and physiotherapist
  • Master of Science

    "The experiences I was given in this program reinforced my passion for elite sport. The program gave me the skills, experiences and networking opportunities which have acted as a launching pad into the sport science industry. My aim is to become either a researcher in the sports science field or a Head Sport Scientist of an elite sporting organisation."

    Gyan Wijekulasuriya - Alumnus
  • High-performance manager

    "Having access to the facilities and contacts in the elite sporting world has led to a number of high-quality internships. The facilities also allowed for some outstanding learning opportunities, particularly from the perspective of an aspiring strength and conditioning coach with elite sporting teams constantly coming through. The program enabled me to network with highly respected people within the sports science and strength and conditioning industry, some of which I keep in touch with today."

    James Wiseman - Alumnus
  • Exercise and Sports Science

    "I started wondering, ‘what would happen if I went all-out in a 200-metre event?’ ‘What’s the best angle for my freestyle catch?’. With these questions in my mind, it was only natural to pursue a degree in an area like exercise and sports science. When I was younger, I wanted to be a professional athlete, and now I’m excited to pursue a career as an exercise scientist, blending data and working with people."

    Hannah Schmidt - Student
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