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Exercise & Sports Science

In this course, you’ll gain theoretical and practical understanding of exercise and sport physiology, biomechanics, motor control and learning and skill acquisition, and exercise and sport psychology.

The emphasis on client-centred practice will help you develop strong interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

In your first year, you’ll learn the foundations of exercise science and study interprofessional units with students from other health disciplines.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science

(Exercise & Sport Science)

Careers include

  • Advanced personal training
  • Cardiac technician
  • Community sport and management officer
  • Corporate health and fitness assessor
  • Healthy lifestyle coordinator
  • Performance analyst
  • Sports coach/trainer
  • Strength and conditioning coach for community and sub-elite sporting teams.

Your Exercise & Sports Science Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Exercise & Sport Science).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and two elective units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Essential Mathematics
  • Human Biology
  • Information and Media Technologies

Elective Units (Select two)

  • Accounting
  • Design Skills
  • Economics
  • Introduction to Design Computing
  • Media Culture & Communications
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Physics
  • Project Management
  • Programming
  • Technical Mathematics

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Exercise Science for Health (unit not available online) – Semester 2 only
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Functional Anatomy – Semester 2 only
  • Human Physiology for Exercise Science (unit not available online) – Semester 1 only
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Cultures & Health Behaviours
  • Introduction to Psychology

Exercise & Sport Science Diploma of Health Sciences (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Exercise Science for Health (unit not available online)

This unit builds on an understanding of the fundamentals of physiology and develops students’ knowledge of physical activity and exercise and their relationship to health. Physiological and psychological responses to exercise in healthy populations. Assessment of exercise capacity and factors affecting exercise prescription and engagement.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Functional Anatomy (unit not available online)

Development of foundation competencies in understanding neuromusculoskeletal anatomy of the trunk, upper and lower limbs as a basis to understanding normal human movement.

Human Physiology for Exercise Science

Foundation knowledge of human physiology and the physiological changes that occur through the human lifespan as pertinent to exercise science.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures &  Health Behaviours

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Introduction to Psychology

Broad outline of the nature, methods, and fields of psychology. Introduction to psychology and methodological issues related to the study of human beings and the relevance of both for interactions with individuals and groups. Introduction to social psychology, personality, development, learning, memory, and motivation.

2022 Fees

Australian Students

This pathway is not currently available to Australian students.

International Students

Course Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 3,125 25,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,712.50 37,700

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

This pathway is not currently available to Australian students.

International Students

(Stage 1)
Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 3 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) Completion of Year 1 Diploma with at least 18 points (minimum of 4 subjects) Minimum of 22 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
Entry Requirements by Country Pre-requisites English Requirements

We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds, as well as students who have completed alternative training. We also accept students with work and/or life experience:

Entry Options Student & ATAR Profiles


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | June | October

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Note: This course has limited places available.


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
2-3 Trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2 Semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2022 (Stage 1 & 2)

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation) at Curtin University.

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