Sport Science is one of five majors of the Bachelor of Sport Coaching (BSpC) degree, which is a unique blend of practical application and theory that will immerse you in the sociology, science, theory, and practice of sport and sport coaching. Sport Science minor studies are also available in other UC degrees.
Choosing this subject enables students to specialise in two or three chosen areas of sport science including: sport psychology; exercise physiology; nutrition; biomechanics; strength and conditioning; and performance analysis. It also offers a strong pathway for suitably capable students to progress to the Master of Sport Science degree.
- In the third year, students will be able to carry out an internship, working closely with a professional strength and conditioning coach in a senior sports team.
- The Sport Coaching degree also provides a recognised pathway to teaching, in particular physical education and health teaching, with the option to include an additional teaching subject such as mathematics or science, when combined with a graduate teaching qualification.
- At UC all Sport Coaching courses are open to students from other degrees, and BSpC students can also study towards a double degree.
Sport Science major
For the major in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching, complete the following courses:
- Three courses chosen from these options
- Four courses chosen from these options
Sport Science minor
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- Five courses chosen from these options, with at least three at 200-level and one at 300-level
The BSpC degree gives students a strong grounding in transferable career skills which are highly valued in the workforce, including leadership, communication, motivation, and teamwork. Strong practical elements, including a 120-hour internship in the final year will help motivate students to excel in their chosen field and provide the motivation to seek the job they want.
Job options for those taking Sport Science could be working as an exercise physiologist, high performance coach, fitness trainer, teacher, research scientist, or sports administrator.
Recent UC Sport Coaching graduates have become health advisors, sports coaches, performance analysts, personal trainers, policy analysts, teachers, managers in community sports coaching organisations, outdoor recreation guides, school sports directors, and community development officers.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Sport Coaching.
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