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Sporty new degree at Fraser Coast

14 Oct 2015

Sport fanatics on the Fraser Coast have the opportunity to turn their passion into a career with the University of the Sunshine Coast introducing a Bachelor of Sports Studies from 2016.

This new study program will equip students with sport and exercise science knowledge as well as offering a range of complementary electives, including Marketing, Journalism or Business Management.

It is one of eight study programs that USC plans to offer to Fraser Coast residents from Semester 1, 2016, once the transfer of the University of Southern Queensland’s campus at Hervey Bay to USC is complete.

USC Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Dr Mark Sayers said the Sports Studies degree was perfect for those keen to forge a career in the sports industry but who did not want or need to undertake advanced-level science studies.

“It’s very much a hands-on degree for someone passionate about sport,” said Dr Sayers, who has worked as a biomechanist and special skills coach for the New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team.

“As well as getting a very solid grounding in sport and exercise science, students can do a full major or two minors in other areas like Business or Event Management.

“This degree allows students to choose their own adventure. They can come away with the skills for a career in coaching, sports event management, sports journalism or something else entirely.”

USC’s other planned study programs for the Fraser Coast are Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Human Services, Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Primary Education, Bachelor of Primary Education (Graduate Entry) and a tertiary bridging program called Tertiary Preparation Pathway.

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The University of the Sunshine Coast will run free public information events from 5.45-7pm at USQ’s Fraser Coast campus, 161 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay, on 27 October, and at Maryborough’s Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre, 5 Walker Street, on 28 October.

USC Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics Dr Mark Sayers.

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