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Exercise science university courses and their ATAR requirements 2018

Careers and University, Exercise Physiology / Science

There are accredited undergraduate exercise science courses in most states in Australia, one postgraduate course at the University of Western Australia, and two accredited online courses at University of New England. As of 2018, the University of Sunshine Coast offers new exercise science course, the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science.

For entry into an exercise science course commencing in 2018, the ATAR ranged from 58.5 to 95. Some courses give a qualification as both an exercise scientist and an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP).

Please note that Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are the accreditation body and that the information in the table below is based on only the fully accredited courses. There are some universities which have fully accredited courses at one campus and not another. There are also a number of courses which have applications under consideration with ESSA.

The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores that were required to enter each undergraduate course at the beginning of 2018. 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.

There is a postgraduate pathway that is available at one university in Western Australia. They require an undergraduate degree with specific pre-requisite subject and have admission requirements which they publish on their websites.

There is currently one postgraduate course become an exercise scientist is in the table below:


There is one university offering exercise science courses online. This is:

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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