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Sport and leisure
What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
What you’re in for
Australia’s intense love of sport and recreation has driven fields
under the sport and leisure umbrella to the forefront of many
students’ career choices. After all, why not turn a hobby into a
career? On the downside, while jobs were predicted to multiply
faster in the sports and leisure industries than in any other sector
of the economy a short while ago, it seems that the supply of
graduates may have outrun the demand (see ‘The outcome’).
If you are interested in this field, you should also consider
courses in tourism and hospitality, as well as some
specialisations in business and management, environmental
studies or the humanities and social sciences. If your interests
are on the health side, you can also look at the field of study
profiles for health services and support, rehabilitation and
perhaps even medicine.
Courses and specialisations
Universities have created a host of new courses in sport and
leisure over the last decade. Courses in fields like sports
medicine, sports management, leisure studies and outdoor
recreation are now rivalling some of the popular traditional
If you’re interested in courses in this field, it’s likely that you
have an inherent interest in sport. Just bear in mind that study in
this field will not necessarily lead you to involvement in
professional sport; courses are more likely to lead to a variety of
roles that focus on supporting the various sports industries and
professionals. Graduates of studies in a relevant area could find
themselves working in any aspect of the industry, including
national and state sporting organisations, sporting clubs and
competitions; facilities management; event management; sport
media; sport marketing and promotion; sports medicine; health
promotion; leisure and recreation centre management; and
government sport policy and funding. This means that the course
you choose will very much depend on the area of specialisation
and associated occupations that interest you.
Where to study
Depending on the nature of the course and the level of practical
work, the facilities that each institution offers may be an important
factor in your decision-making process. Courses in capital cities
like Melbourne and Sydney, for example, may have easy access
to Olympic facilities or other major sporting centres.
Getting into degree courses is not too difficult in this field,
although cut-offs for courses with a health or science side to them
(such as biomechanics, exercise science or sports medicine) are
high. To compare entry difficulty at different institutions, see the
‘How tough is it to get in?’ tables in Section 4.
To find out which institutions have courses with these specialisations, use
the Index on page 408.
The student body and graduate ratings
THE STUDENT BODY
tuition costs for
Teaching quality Generic skills
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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