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Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1


Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



Upskill, reskills, and retrain in Exercise and Sport Science. Our Undergraduate Certificate Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science gives you the perfect one-year, part-time introduction

Available 100% online or on campus, this course will equip you with core skills required to complete your Personal training qualifications and/or continue with learning new skills and knowledge at the Higher Education level.

During our Undergraduate Certificate Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science course, you will learn about basics of human movement and how it applies to physical activity. It is designed to support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing our Undergraduate Certificate Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science course, you will be eligible to use the credits you've gained towards further study of a:

  • Diploma of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Associate Degree of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science

You may also use our Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some or all of the subjects you successfully complete. Be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.

Note: Our Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2025.


Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

All commonwealth-supported students who apply and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2022 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course ranges from $3868.00 - $4528.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and is dependent on your unit selection. The undiscounted price for this course ranges from $4834.00 - $5660.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and again is dependent on your unit selection.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

Emmanuel sitting in an exercise science class

Why study exercise & sport science at CDU?

Enter a growing industry as a qualified health professional when you study Exercise and Sport Science with us. You'll develop an expert understanding of how the human body responds to exercise and be able to help your clients improve their health, prevent injury or enhance their physical performance. Pathway to physiotherapy

  • Unique focus on tropical, hot and humid conditions
  • Integrated with health, fitness and sporting agencies for work placements
  • #2 Australian university for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)

What will I study?

Our Undergraduate Certificate Foundations of Exercise and Sport Science course is a 40-credit point course consisting of two (2) core and two (2) specialist elective units. This course includes a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you develop core skills in exercise and sport science and the necessary skills for successful university studies.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(2 units)
20cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
HSC132 Introduction Health Promotion

Specialist Elective
(2 units)



Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from one of the following specialisations below:

SPE111 Physical Assessment, Exercise prescription and delivery
SPE120 Essentials in Health and Fitness
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SPE205 Biomechanics 1
SPE210 Motor Control, Growth and Development
SPE212 Applied coaching principles across the lifespan
SPE261 Functional Anatomy

 40cpTotal Credit Points


Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part time load.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1COHSC132 Introduction Health PromotionCO
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 2SE


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

It is a privilege really; to be able to ride my bike for a living, and to still be able to study a degree online at the same time. To have the flexibility of picking up my laptop and studying my sport science degree wherever and whenever was always going to be essential for me.

Jacob Schmid

CDU Student

Jacob Schmid racing on his indoor bike

Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Undergraduate Certificate (Exercise and Sport Science)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Exercise and Sport Science, Allied Health Sciences, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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