Bachelor of Science in Physical Activity and Health

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Physical Activity and Health

Course Overview

  • 4

    Year

  • 8

    Level

  • 345

    Points

  • AL843

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This is a unique course primarily due to the multidisciplinary approach to physical activity and nutrition for public health. No existing course within the Republic of Ireland produces graduates with an in-depth knowledge of both physical activity and nutritional interventions, while bringing together the social, behavioural, biological and biomedical sciences to facilitate the development and improvement of existing interventional techniques.

Being physically active and having a healthy diet are important for people of all ages to maintain their health and wellbeing. As the number of people with diseases associated with physical inactivity and poor nutrition increases, the roles of exercise, physical activity and dietary behaviour in health promotion are gaining more importance.

This programme draws upon expertise from psychologists, dieticians, exercise and sport scientists and public health professionals to provide you with the knowledge and skills to improve the general health of various sectors of society using exercise programmes, physical activity and nutrition.

If you would like to be part of the national and local effort to improve the health and wellbeing of this country then this is the course for you.

What will I experience?

In year 3, students undertake a 4-month placement between early January and late June, 35 hours per week.

What opportunities might it lead to?

There are several career pathways open to you as a graduate of this degree. These include the following:

Employment with Health and Fitness Centres/GP Exercise Referral Schemes, Fitness Consultant/Personal Trainer (Physical Activity and Health), Employment within large multinational companies based in Ireland as Physical Activity and Health Intervention Coordinators/Physical Activity and Health Coach for employees.

Potential employment within hospitals/primary care centres as Physical Activity and Health Intervention Coordinators, Community Wellness Programme Coordinator, Lifestyle Manager, Health Promotion Consultant/Policy Officer (both public and private sectors, NGOs – e.g. Principal Officer – Department of Health and Children), Physical Activity Coordinator/Administrator (within the HSE or other bodies), Health Promotion Officer – Charitable Trusts and Voluntary Organisations – Irish Heart Foundation, Sports Development Officer (e.g. within Local Sports Partnerships or Sporting Organisations), Exercise and Physical Activity Coordinator for Active Retirement Groups, Youth Services/Clubs Exercise and Physical Activity Programme Coordinator, Special Needs Physical Activity Programme Coordinator, Project Manager – Implementation National Task Force on Obesity (HSE).

Additional Information

Graduates can transfer to a wide range of postgraduate programmes at both MSc and PhD levels in AIT, nationally and internationally. An honours degree is an effective basis for postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications.

All students on this programme must undertake vetting procedure through the National Vetting Bureau prior to commencing their work placement. Failure to disclose previous convictions will result in students being dismissed from the programme. Previous convictions, depending on their nature, could result in student dismissal from the programme.

Assessment Information

Students will be assessed using a variety of assessment; presentations, written work, practicals, as well as final exams. Assessments will be carried out individually and in groups, and will incorporate experiential and applied learning.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Year
CAO Course Code:
AL843
Cut Off CAO Points:
345
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept. of Sport & Health Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Minimum of Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects plus a minimum of grade O6 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these six subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI (FETAC):

2 places reserved for QQI students.QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: CASLT (5M3807). They are also required to have the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

Lecturer Testimonial

Dr Kieran Dowd, Lecturer Profile Image

Dr Kieran Dowd, Lecturer

Students will study the important factors that influence physical activity and nutritional behaviours, and learn how to effectively change these behaviours. Graduates will be specialists in behaviour change.

Student Testimonial

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Riona Flaherty

On this course, we get the opportunity to learn practical clinical skills in very high quality laboratories. The small classes’ sizes also mean we get more time learning these skills.

Course Structure

Year 1

Chemistry for the Health Sciences, Physical Activity for Health across the Lifespan, Human Physiology 1, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Quantitative Methods for the Health Sciences, Cell Biology, Introduction to the Psychology and Sociology of Health, Fundamentals of Human Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Human Physiology 2.

Year 2

Physical Activity Policy, Guidelines and the Future, Evidence Based Learning, Nutrition for Health, Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science 1, Introduction to Health Promotion, Sports Biochemistry and Exercise Metabolism, Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science 2, Applied Human Physiology, Statistics for Sport and Health Science.


Year 3

Clinical Populations 1, Health Psychology and Sociology, Epidemiology in Public Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition, Public Health and Community Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health Research Methods, Professional Work Experience Placement.

Year 4

Research Project, Physical Activity and Nutrition in Health Promotion for Population Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Education in Public Health, Biostatistics in Human Health, Clinical Populations 2, Psychology of Motivation and Health Risk Behavior Change, Interventions for Physical Activity and Health Promotion.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

There are several career pathways open to you as a graduate of this degree. These include the following:

Employment with Health and Fitness Centres/GP Exercise Referral Schemes, Fitness Consultant/Personal Trainer (Physical Activity and Health), Employment within large multinational companies based in Ireland as Physical Activity and Health Intervention Coordinators/Physical Activity and Health Coach for employees.

Potential employment within hospitals/primary care centres as Physical Activity and Health Intervention Coordinators, Community Wellness Programme Coordinator, Lifestyle Manager, Health Promotion Consultant/Policy Officer (both public and private sectors, NGOs – e.g. Principal Officer – Department of Health and Children), Physical Activity Coordinator/Administrator (within the HSE or other bodies), Health Promotion Officer – Charitable Trusts and Voluntary Organisations – Irish Heart Foundation, Sports Development Officer (e.g. within Local Sports Partnerships or Sporting Organisations), Exercise and Physical Activity Coordinator for Active Retirement Groups, Youth Services/Clubs Exercise and Physical Activity Programme Coordinator, Special Needs Physical Activity Programme Coordinator, Project Manager – Implementation National Task Force on Obesity (HSE).

Work Placement

In year 3, students undertake a 4-month placement between early January and late June, 35 hours per week.

Further Study

Graduates can transfer to a wide range of postgraduate programmes at both MSc and PhD levels in AIT, nationally and internationally. An honours degree is an effective basis for postgraduate training and research leading to Master’s and PhD (Level 9/10) qualifications.

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