Single Subject - Fundamentals of Sports & Exercise Science NFQ level 6

Single Subject - Fundamentals of Sports & Exercise Science NFQ level 6

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This module introduces the students to the discipline of Sports Science and its role in health, exercise and sporting performance. The module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to conduct and interpret a range of fitness tests that are appropriate for the general population and the sporting population. The module also focuses on teaching the students basic exercise physiology so that they can understand the scientific principles underpinning programme design and enhanced performance.

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

Identify and discuss the components of fitness that are essential for health and for optimal performance in a variety of sports and athletic events.

Conduct a needs analysis and set appropriate training goals for athletes, team sports, or members of the general population.

Explain the scientific principles underpinning training programme design.

Set up, deliver and interpret a range of field based fitness tests for the general population, athletes, and team sports.

What will I experience?

Introduction to Sports Science, Components of fitness for health and sport, Aerobic endurance, Anaerobic capacity, Local muscular endurance

Strength, Power, Speed, Agility, Flexibility, Principles of training, Principle of periodisation, Needs analysis, goal setting and programme design

Basic exercise physiology, Anthropometric testing / body composition, Field based team testing and interpretation, Field based athlete testing and interpretation.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This is a standalone qualification (however students are required complete academic work and assessment in order to achieve the single subject certificate).

As a graduate you will be exempt from the above module on the BSc (Hons) in Sports Science with Exercise Physiology delivered on a full-time basis at Athlone Institute of Technology.

Additional Information

Enquiries: Maria Slevin -

Course Details

Course Fees:
Course Duration:
12 Weeks
Course Commencement Date:

7.00pm Thursday 17 September 2018.

Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Lifelong Learning
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Mature applicant or Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examinations. Two of these subjects must be mathematics and a language (English or Irish). Or Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.

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