Exercise and Health Science

Bachelor of Science Exercise and Health Science

Course Overview

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  • AL740

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This programme is designed to produce specialists in behaviour change across all aspects of health but most specifically in exercise/physical activity and nutrition. Across Ireland and worldwide, many people have poor lifestyles and are at risk of developing ill health. A lack of physical activity and poor dietary habits are risk factors for chronic disease but equally these are entirely modifiable behaviours. This programme focuses on developing graduates who can promote the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits through effective, sustainable and multi layered interventions. This is a unique programme for those interested in exercise prescription, exercise rehabilitation, nutrition, health promotion and public health. The programme encompasses a 24 week practical work placement where students will gain applied experience in a variety of real world settings, reflective of potential job opportunities.

What will I experience?

This programme will include contributions from Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sports Science and Behaviour Change specialists. Students will learn in small class groups ensuring greater access to equipment and training and applied experience of knowledge generated. Students will also be transitioned into the requirements of education at third level and their generic skills will be developed throughout the programme to support greater employability.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Studying Exercise and Health Science will provide students with the appropriate qualifications for many career options, all requiring an expertise to help people, at an individual, community and population level to make favourable lifestyle changes. This may include working as an exercise rehabilitation specialist, a physical activity/sports promotion or development officer, a physical activity/health promotion specialists in the HSE, a wellness professional, working with general community groups/organisations as well as with specialist populations such as youth groups, socially disadvantaged/minority groups, older adults and disability groups. Graduates will also be eligible to pursue further study at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Additional Information

National Vetting Bureau

In order to safeguard the rights and interests of children and vulnerable groups, students registered to the Exercise and Health Science programme will be required to obtain garda clearance through the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Year
CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept. of Sport & Health Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

​Grade 6 at ordinary level in 5 subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (english or Irish).

QQI: 2 places reserved. Required to have the module mathematics (5N1833 or 5N0556) included in their award or alternatively Leaving Certificate Maths at O6/H7.

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

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

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

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

Students can progress onto Year 4 of the BSc (Hons) in Physical Activity and Health Science subject to meeting defined progression criteria. A subsequent honours degree will then facilitate progression to Masters/PhD programmes across a variety of disciplines, such as Sports Science, Nutrition, Weight Management, Behaviour Change, Health Promotion as well as broader, bespoke research projects.

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