Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology

Future Students » Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements for this program?
Click here for information on entry requirements and alternative entry avenues.
Also see Assumed Knowledge and HSC Plus.

I really want to be able to do this Exercise Physiology course, but I am afraid that I won't get the marks?
A number of students enter the Bachelor of Exercise Physiology by transferring from other UNSW programs (e.g. Bachelor of Science), or similar programs at other universities, after completing 1 or 2 years of study. Internal transfer between programs, based on your university grades, is possible from within UNSW (e.g. if you commenced a science degree at UNSW you could apply to transfer programs after 1 or 2 years). If you are transferring from another university you will need to apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) and your application will be assessed by UAC on a combination of university marks and ATAR. Course credit for previous studies can be recognised by applications submitted to either UNSW Admissions or Student Central. First year courses in chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, statistics and psychology are good course selections if you wish to transfer.

I did not do HSC Chemistry or Mathematics, is this a problem?
No. It is still possible to gain entry to and commence the Exercise Physiology Program without having done HSC Chemistry or Mathematics. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the Chemistry Bridging Course if you have not done HSC Chemistry or the Mathematics Skills Program if you have not done HSC Mathematics.

Can I undertake this program as a part-time student?

No. Currently you are required to enrol as a full-time student but you may seek permission to reduce your full-time load. Note enrolment requires your attendance at the Kensington campus. Attendance is for lectures, tutorials and practical / laboratory sessions. Attendance is compulsory for a minimum of 80% of those scheduled. Lectures, tutorials and practicals are run between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for lectures.

Can I do this program as distance education?
No. The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology degree program is a practically orientated, science-based program. Therefore it is not possible to deliver the level of practical experience required via distance education to undergraduate students. Attendance is required for two 13 week semesters each year and for examinations.

Can I get advanced standing for tertiary courses that I have already completed?
Yes. Tertiary level courses (subjects) that are comparable in content will be credited towards your degree program. Credit for prior learning will be at the discretion of the Program Authority.

Can I go on international exchange?
Yes. UNSW supports significant international exchange opportunities. Extensive electives in year 3 and 4 of the Exercise Physiology program provide flexibility for students to pursue international exchange whilst still completing the core requirements of the degree. See the UNSW International Office for details and consult the Program Authority for advice on course selection and transfer of credit.

What kind of jobs can I apply for?
It is expected that graduates will become members of the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and become Accredited Exercise Physiologists.

Exercise Physiologists are employed in rehabilitation clinics and hospitals working in post-acute rehabilitation, sports medicine clinics, corporate health and private practice for rehabilitation / exercise prescription for people requiring specialist guidance (e.g. workplace rehabilitation).
EPs are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Workcover NSW and a number of health insurers. EPs are included within health professional awards and in compensation schemes akin to other mainstream health professionals.

What kind of salary can I expect to earn?
Exercise Physiologists are recognised on a number of salary scales (e.g. NSW Health) and have an income that is comparable to the income earned by physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

What else can graduates of this program do?
The degree also provides excellent preparation to apply for a graduate entry medical program, graduate degrees in nutrition, physiotherapy and other allied-health professions, or research higher degrees (Masters or PhD).

Are there any scholarships available for students in this program?
There are scholarships available for entry into the University but not the program specifically. For information on University scholarships, including the Ben Lexcen Sporting Scholarships, please visit the UNSW Scholarships website.

Is the UNSW program accredited?
The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology has full accreditaton for training Exercise Physiologists by ESSA (NUCAP).