On-campus exercise science courses are available in every state and territory throughout Australia apart from Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Three universities exercise science courses online.
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the national accreditation body for exercise science in Australia. To be able to register as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) in Australia, you need to complete a course that has full accreditation with ESSA, at a campus which is accredited by ESSA. Contact ESSA if the course you are considering has provisional accreditation to check that your qualification will be recognised.
Undergraduate entry into exercise science
For entry into an exercise science course commencing in 2019, the ATAR ranged from around 50 to 90. Some courses give a qualification as both an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).
Following is a guide to the ATAR scores for every exercise science course in Australia in 2019. Universities which have a (P) denotes that the exercise science course had provisional, not full accreditation with ESSA at the time of publishing this article:
Please note that this is a rough guide only for future years as it changes from year to year depending on the applications each university receives, and that some universities will also have additional selection criteria to gain entry.
If you don’t gain entry directly following high school, some universities will allow you to transfer into their undergraduate exercise science degree following a year in one of their other undergraduate degrees – for example a science degree. This will be dependent on your Grade Point Average in your first-year subjects and could also involve other admission requirements. You ATAR / OP may also be considered. Please speak with an admissions officer at the universities you are considering applying for to see if this pathway may be available to you. Some universities have alternative pathways to gain entry into a first-year exercise science degree.
Exercise science courses online
There are three universities offering exercise science courses online. Check with ESSA whether these courses are accredited for online study. The courses are:
The information presented in this article was correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the Exercise and Sports Science Australia for an up to date list of accredited programs of study to become an exercise scientist in Australia.
Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you.
Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a postgraduate course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of the Exercise and Sports Science Australia, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.
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