The Health Industry is a vital part of Australian life. If you are you passionate about exercise and health and want to spread the word and educate others about keeping fit and being healthy, then this major is for you.


Health professional graduates play a key role, through policy and practice, across all life stages. A major in Exercise and Health will allow you to have a significant impact within this industry’s development and research, giving satisfaction and direction to anyone who is passionate about health and exercise along with opportunities to contribute positively to society within the health domain.

Five great reasons to study Exercise and Health

  1. To promote physical activity and health habits through the lifespan
  2. To prevent and manage chronic human conditions
  3. To help people flourish and get the most out of life
  4. To enhance human performance in sport and industry
  5. To apply principles and mechanisms of new technology to human movement

Why study Exercise and Health Science at UWA?

  • UWA is a nation-wide leader in exercise and health studies
  • We have excellent links with industry for practicum placements
  • We have world-class facilities and teachers to support your learning

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Course description, features and facilities

This major develops your understanding and skills in how and why we move, and how exercise can impact our health, giving a solid scientific base to careers in physical activity and health, policy making, exercise rehabilitation, health service delivery, health education and fitness industries. When taken together with the Sport Science major, you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as an exercise scientist through the Australian national professional body – Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials. The School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health is well equipped to offer a unique learning experience with cutting-edge equipment and laboratories that assist you to translate research into practice.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.

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Student profile – Grace Dimmick

My double major in Sport Science and Exercise and Health has provided me with the knowledge to be healthy using exercise and sports. I keep healthy and fit by playing Touch Football at least twice a week. Not only do I keep fit, I get to play a sport that I am very passionate about and it makes ‘exercising’ less daunting than it sounds.

UWA has provided many sporting clubs for students to participate in and get involved. Qualifying for the Annual University Games Touch Football Women’s team has given me the opportunity to compete at high standards of competition and placing fourth in these games has brought great joy.

See how UWA Science can change your world!

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Eligible for accreditation with ESSA as a Sport Scientist when taken with the Sport Science major.

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Career opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in the professions of healthy lifestyle programming for the community and industry, sports development, health and fitness coordination and program mangement, and as an Exercise Scientist. You may decide to move on to specialised postgraduate qualifcations in education, teaching, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, occupational thereapy, corporate training, recreation management, health promotion, medicine or work health and safety.

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Further study opportunities

Students with an Exercise and Health major can choose to pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level. Postgraduate study options at UWA include the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation, Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management, Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety, Graduate Diploma of Education, Master of Teaching, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, and the Master of Exercise Science.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

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Exercise and Health: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
20-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information