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Turn your passion for sport, exercise and recreation into a career

Enter a growing industry

Employment opportunities in the sport, exercise and outdoor adventure industry are expected to grow by almost 27% in the next four years.*  That's tens of thousands of new jobs for instructors, exercise scientists and physiologists, coaches, officials, adventure guides, administrators and more.

Learn from the best

Study sport, exercise and recreation at USC and you’ll learn from some of the best — our sport and exercise science teaching staff are highly qualified specialists. Several of our staff have held major coaching and sport

science roles with high profile international sporting teams. And we continue to be on top of our game – conducting research nationally and internationally with partner institutions such as Queensland Health, Swimming Australia Limited, International Paralympic Committee, Australian Institute of Sport and German Sports University.

You’ll study in nationally-recognised sport and exercise science laboratory facilities – we’re the first Australian university to receive laboratory accreditation under the National Sport Science Quality Assurance program at the Australian Institute of Sport.

*Source: Australian Government Department of Employment - Employment Outlook to November 2020

New in 2017

Want to learn by experiencing and connecting with the environment? You can with USC's Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

Explore the science of exercise and athletic performance

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science

Learn how to use exercise to prevent diseases, treat acute injuries and manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and arthritis. With a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science you’ll become an accredited exercise physiologist with hundreds of hours of practical training. Build your career in the health sector, working in clinical and community settings.

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Build your career as a sports scientist with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science. You’ll learn how to help athletes — both professional and novice – to perform better a build a broad knowledge base of functional anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, motor control and learning, nutrition, performance analysis, coaching and exercise rehabilitation.

Is the sport and fitness industry more your thing?

Bachelor of Sports Studies

If you want to turn your interest in the sport industry into a creative, innovative career, choose our Bachelor of Sports Studies. Prepare yourself with core sport and sport science knowledge as well as a complementary area such as tourism, leisure and event management; journalism, public relations; marketing; small business management; or outdoor leadership studies. Imagine a career writing about sport, or marketing a major sporting event.

Diploma in Sport and Fitness

If your goal is to become a gym instructor after one year of study, then our Diploma in Sport and Fitness is for you.

What about outdoor recreation and the environment?

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

If you’re interested in teaching outdoor education, our Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies prepares you to teach Years 7-12 in health and physical education and another teaching area of your choice. Or you could pursue a career in outdoor/environmental education centres, adventure tourism and ecotourism.

Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

New in 2017 - If you want to learn by experiencing and connecting with the environment, you can at USC. The Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies is a multi-faceted program is designed to give you the skills and versatility to create a career in recreation, sports coaching, adventure tourism, ecotourism, events management and more. Put the Sunshine Coast lifestyle and your career together and apply now for 2017.

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