Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 289*
  • Course Code SG435
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary


The understanding and promotion of an active lifestyle, proper nutrition and the positive impact it has on people’s lives, forms the basis of this degree. The focus of this programme is on understanding, promoting and maintaining health and wellbeing through health behaviours including diet and physical activity. It is the perfect choice for students who have a strong interest in health but may be unsure of what aspect they wish to focus on.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

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.

YEAR ONE 

Students acquire practical skills in core subjects, including Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Fitness, Health Communications, Health Promotion, Facilitation & Groupwork Skills and Kinesiology and Exercise Instruction.

YEAR TWO 

Core subjects in Year One are further advanced placing more emphasis on laboratory and practical elements related to health and physical activity. Key modules include Exercise Physiology, Health Psychology, Health Biochemistry, Health Microbiology, Research Methods, Biomechanics of Human Movement and Promoting Healthy Behaviours.

YEAR THREE 

Students study specialist streams in more depth. These include Resistance Training & Programme Design, Human Nutrition, Health Statistics and Data Analysis, Physical Activity across the Lifespan and Health Promotion Practice. A thesis is completed in the second semester.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION 

Graduates from the BSc. Health Science Physiology are automatically eligible to apply to become an International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Registered Health Promotion Practitioner. This means that graduates of the combined programmes have qualifications that are recognised worldwide.

KEY SKILLS GAINED

  • 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

 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at IT Sligo 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 may progress to the one-year (add-on) BSc (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion or the final year BSc (Hons) in Health Science and Physical Activity, meeting the eligibility criteria. Graduates have also gained entry to professional degrees in allied health areas such as Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, and other health-related disciplines, both in Ireland and abroad.

Further Study

Graduates may progress to the one-year (add-on) BSc (Hons) in Public Health and Health Promotion or the final year BSc (Hons) in Health Science and Physical Activity, meeting the eligibility criteria.

Graduates of the Level 8 may progress to Postgraduate studies at IT Sligo or at other third level providers. We offer Postgraduate options such as an MSc in Sports and Exercise Nutrition and an MSc in Health Promotion Practice. To view all our options please click here

Students may exit with an award after year two or year three of this programme, and pursue studies in allied health professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and diagnostic imaging. Our students have been successful in obtaining places in a range of Universities. These include:

  • Physiotherapy:  University of Cumbria, University of Bradford, Robert Gordon Aberdeen, Queen Margaret Edinburgh, Coventry University, Hanze Hogueschool Groningen, Saxion University, Netherlands.
  • Occupational Therapy: University of Salford, Ulster University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Coventry University, Northumbria University, Robert Gordon Aberdeen, University of Brighton.
  • Diagnostic Imaging:  University of Liverpool, University of Hertfordshire, University of Bristol, St Georges University London, Teesside University.

Our staff are very knowledgeable and ensure students receive appropriate references and advice prior to application and subsequent interview.

Testimonials

“ The Health Science and Physiology programme gave the knowledge and confidence to follow my passion to become an occupational therapist. After I graduated from IT Sligo, I continued my studies with Cumbria University.”

Michelle Foody, Graduated 2014 Occupational Therapist NHS UK

Did you know?

Graduates are automatically eligible to apply to become an International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Registered Health Promotion Practitioner qualifications which is recognised worldwide.

Students may exit with an award after year two or year three of this programme, and pursue studies in allied health professions such as Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language, and other health-related disciplines, both in Ireland and abroad.

Our staff is very co-operative to ensure that undergraduates receive appropriate references and advice prior to application and subsequent interview. They will support each and every student with their wishes.  

We offer a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Health and Exercise Science and Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Health Science and Physical Activity. Our range of health science programmes allows students to explore different areas of health sciences and the flexibility to change their minds mid-stream. 

We have one of the largest Science schools in Ireland and in 2014 the building was completely revamped. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, industry spec equipment, and individual lab spaces. They will learn by doing.