Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Health Science and Physical Activity

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 316*
  • Course Code SG447
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary


If you are interested in pursuing a career in an area related to human health, this course is likely to appeal to you. This exciting programme offers students a thorough understanding of health sciences and their application. Emphasis is placed on developing core health-related skills and competencies. Students are trained in a broad spectrum of skills necessary to operate professionally in various health sectors through experiencing an interactive and holistic approach to learning.

The course is comprised of a number of inter-related subject streams throughout the three years including; health promotion and public health, physical activity, exercise physiology, nutrition sciences and research methods. Core modules are complemented by supporting modules in IT, communications and first aid, and sports injuries. Students are equipped with a unique blend of practical skills and knowledge in a broad range of health-related fields. This affords graduates numerous and varied opportunities to specialise in their favoured area, and offers a diverse range of career paths.

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Key Skills:

  • Physical activity promotion, instruction and measurement
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Advanced nutritional skills
  • Health promotion practice
  • Public health practice
  • Social sciences including health psychology, health communication, group work and facilitation skills
  • Advanced computer and health research skills
  • Understanding of factors determining health

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

Successful applicants for this course will be required to undergo Garda vetting and a medical evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify students with special exercise requirements. This information is strictly confidential and any offer made will not be withdrawn on the basis of medical information supplied.

Hepatitis B vaccination will be required for work placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be employed in the health area in both the voluntary and state sector. Careers opportunities include youth work, sports development, physical activity, health promotion and health research.

Many graduates choose to progress on to further studies after year 2 or year 3 in dietetics and human nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, radiography, podiatry, physical education, sports science, biomedical science, nursing and other health-related disciplines.

Further Study

Suitably qualified graduates may progress on to the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion within the School of Science or year 4 of the BSc (Hons) in Health Science and Physical Activity.

Students may progress onto a range of Allied Health programmes elsewhere.

A range of post-graduate level 9 options are available within IT Sligo. Please contact programme chair for further details.

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Accreditation

EQF Level 3 Fitness Instructor

EQF Level 4 Personal Trainer (application proposed)

IUHPE International Union of Health Promotion and Education

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
Human Biology 05
Information Technology 105
Mathematics for Science 105
DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH 105
Health Communications05
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH and FITNESS05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
INTRODUCTION TO KINESIOLOGY AND EXERCISE INSTRUCTION05
Information Technology 205
FOUNDATION CHEMISTRY05
Human Anatomy & Physiology I05
Health Promotion Practice 105
Facilitation & Group Work Skills I05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 205
DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH 205
HEALTH BIOCHEMISTRY 105
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology05
Health Psychology05
Promoting Healthy Behaviours05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
RESEARCH METHODS 105
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 105
Physical Testing & Evaluation05
HEALTH BIOCHEMISTRY 205
Biomechanics of Human Movement05
HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY05

Semester 5

TitleCredits
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 205
Human Nutrition 105
RESEARCH METHODS 205
Public Health Practice 10
Resistance Training & Programme Design05

Semester 6

TitleCredits
HEALTH STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS05
Health Promotion Practice II05
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN05
Human Nutrition 205
HEALTH SCIENCE PROJECT10

Semester 7

TitleCredits
Facilitation & Group Work Skills II05
Physical Activity Project Management 05
Exercise as Medicine05
APPLIED STATISTICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH05
Applied Epidemiology05
Personal Training [E]05
PROMOTING HEALTH IN SPECIFIC POPULATION GROUPS [E]05

Semester 8

TitleCredits
Enterprise & Innovation in Health05
Settings based approach to Physical Activity05
Qualitative Research Methodologies 05
Clinical Exercise Prescription05
WORK PLACEMENT10

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.