Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation

Course summary

Exercise rehabilitation is an area of allied health that uses exercise to restore good health and physical capability to people after illness or injury, or to improve the quality of life and manage physical function in people with chronic disease and physical disabilities.

There is a forecasted growth of 25.1% within Health Care and Social Assistance and with this brings increased employment opportunities and career options. Health care has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth from 2017 to 2022. Source: Employment Projections

What you will study

You will study anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, exercise rehabilitation and biomechanics as part of your core subjects. Scientific training will improve your skills in data gathering and analysis, physiological systems integration and, most importantly, understanding the fundamental processes behind both healthy and unhealthy human bodies. This scientific foundation will enable you to adapt to a variety of situations in the workplace and to develop exercise programs for a wide variety of individuals with various health conditions and disabilities.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

851_2

ATAR-SR

94

IB Score

36

Duration

4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

016112E

UAC Code

757643

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 94 or an IB of 36. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

RECORD CHECK

The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:

  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

In addition, overseas’ students must also provide a Police Certificate from their home country/any country they have resided in, or a signed Statutory Declaration with no convictions/pending charges.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

20

20

20

20

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

RECORD CHECK

The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:
  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

In addition, overseas’ students must also provide a Police Certificate from their home country/any country they have resided in, or a signed Statutory Declaration with no convictions/pending charges.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$15,552 (2019)

$124,416 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 28 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 26 October 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Consolidate and synthesise coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with exercise science and clinical exercise physiology.
2 Apply knowledge of research principles and methods associated with exercise science and physiology.
3 Assemble technical and cognitive skills in: a. Reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to independently generate solutions to complex problems; b. Critical thinking and judgement in developing and integrating new understanding; and c. Communicating knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
4 Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt clinical exercise physiology knowledge and skills that can be applied in professional practice and scholarship.
5 Independently plan and execute a project in regard to exercise physiology
6 Demonstrate evidence of outcomes related to Discipline Threshold Learning Outcomes and Professional Accreditation Requirements with respect to pathological conditions and special populations including:
a. Exercise assessment, prescription and delivery.
b. Analysis and modification of movement
c. Understanding foundational principles of physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, neurophysiology, psychology
d. Analysis and interpretation of statistics and research methodology.
7 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing and integrating new understanding.
8 Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Students will need to achieve a minimum of a 70 WAM across the first two years of their program to be permitted to continue into the third and fourth years of this degree. Students failing to achieve this grade may be transferred to the Bachelor of Exercise Science degree.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
MEDI111 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I 6 Autumn
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI160 Scientific Literacy 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101. All other students must select CHEM104.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI151 Healthy Ageing 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM105.
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
MEDI222 Foundations of Biomechanics 6 Autumn
PSYC216 Psychology of Physical Activity and Health 6 Autumn
Spring
MEDI221 Exercise Physiology 6 Spring
MEDI220 Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy 6 Spring
MEDI258 Human Neuromechanics 6 Spring
STAT251 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn
EXSC330 Exercise Prescription 18 Autumn
MEDI322 Advanced Studies in Exercise Physiology 6 Autumn
Spring
MEDI330 Sensorimotor Control of Movement 6 Spring
EXSC370 Clinical Biomechanics in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation 6 Not available in 2019
PSYC368 Applied Psychology (Exercise Psychology) 6 Not available in 2019
Plus 6 credit points of subjects from the following list:
MEDI314 Regional Anatomy 6 Spring
MEDI304 Research Methods and Analysis 6 Spring
MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Spring
Or another subject that has been approved by the Course Coordinator
Year 4
Autumn
EXSC420 Clinical Exercise Physiology 24 Autumn
Spring
EXSC423 Clinical Practicum 18 Spring
EXSC424 Advanced Workplace Injury Management for Exercise Physiologists 6 Spring

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 500 hours of compulsory work placement required to be completed over the 4 years of the course; 140 of which is required to be completed on apparently healthy individuals in the first 3 years. The remaining 360 hours of compulsory clinical placement is completed on people with pathology/injury in Spring session of the 4th year as part of the Clinical Practicum subject. 

In order to attend Clinical Practicum, students must meet NSW Health Department requirements in regard to Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Disease. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be able to attend  and therefore will not be able to continue in this degree. For further information on Criminal Record Checks and Infectious Diseases please see visit Student Clearances for Clinical Placements - NSW Department of Health

This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Honours

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation with a credit grade average enables students to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Science (Honours). For further information refer to the separate entry for the Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

This course is currently undergoing reaccreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Once reaccreditation is awarded, graduates of the Bachelor of Exercise Science and Rehabilitation are eligible to register for accreditation as Exercise Physiologists with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Why choose this course

Working in health requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to enquiry-based learning that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world. You'll benefit from practical placements where you'll develop your skills on real people, in a real-world setting.

Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers and experienced practitioners/clinicians, so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future. Our professional health degrees are recognised and respected by industry, so the qualifications you earn at UOW will be distinguishable and highly sought after when you graduate.

Career opportunities
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Community or Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor
  • Dietitian
  • Doctor
  • Exercise Scientist/Physiologist
  • General Practitioner
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Worker
  • Industry Health Worker
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Sports Rehabilitator
  • Sports Scientist
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Allied Health Professional
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