Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Health

  • Course Code


  • Type of Qualification:

    Ordinary Bachelor Degree

  • Field of Study

    Combined,Combined Life Science

  • Type of Study:

    Full Time

  • Application Closing Date:

    Not Specified

About the Course

Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Health at IT Tallaght

For most related professions, earning a Bachelor of Science degree is the starting point for working in this healthcare field.

The level 7 BSc (Ord) Degree in ‘Sports Science and Health’ involves applying scientific and medical principles to sports, exercise, and health outcomes. The course covers a broad range of disciplines and can lead to many different educational and career opportunities

'Sports Science and Health’ is the scientific study of physiology, biomechanics and exercise science in relation to the ability of the human body to adapt to motion, movement, physical activity and health changes. Students who study 'Sports Science and Health' will find work in both clinical and academic settings. Alternatively, obtaining a degree in 'Sports Science and Health' can also lead to career opportunities in high-performance sport, fitness instruction, scientific research, and health-related areas.

 This degree course focuses on sport and medical aspects of physical activity.  From a sporting context, professionals in 'Sports Science and Health' will obtain a full and thorough understanding of the demands of sport and best practice in working in the sports environment at every level. This includes identification, treatment and prevention of injuries, management of athlete’s fitness and wellness, best coaching practice, an understanding of athlete psychology, and how to read, record, and implement training data in the modern world.

From a medical perspective, students will learn about the importance of exercise and physical activity during everyday life, as well as the physiology of associated illnesses and disease from poor lifestyle choices. They will also understand best practice in nutrition for both sport and health.

For most related professions, earning a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 'Sports Science and Health' may be the starting point for working in the Sports and Healthcare fields. The BSc (Ord) in 'Sports Science and Health' will emphasize the general concepts of physiology, medical science, nutrition, health, and related training.


CAO Code TA 316
Bachelor Degree of Science –
Sports Science and Health

Length of course: 3 years

Follow-on Degree
Recognised in Europe
Mature students welcome

Mature applicants (23 years of age) may not be required to meet the minimum entry requirements but may be considered on their merits.
Research opportunities at Post Graduate level
MSc, PhD
Honours Bachelor Degree recognised for Second Level teaching of Chemistry in Ireland 

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements

Grade O6/H7 or better in 5 ordinary level papers in the Leaving Certificate including English or Irish and Maths. Pass in Foundation Level Mathematics (F2) is acceptable for this course.

Summary -  5O6/H7 - Maths (F2)

2018 CAO points : 280 (round1) 

QQI/FET (formally FETAC) Entry Requirements 

Essential Major Awards- Any

Essential Components Awards- C20174, C20175, C20139, 5N1833, B20029, 5N2066, 6N3395, 5N16654 or O6/H7 in LCE Maths.


Garda Vetting
A number of programmes offered by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), especially in the areas of medicine, health, social work and education, require students to undertake placements that will bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust. To ensure the protection of the public, and justify public trust and confidence, the HEIs are committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake these programmes.

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Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Science in Sports Science and Health at IT TallaghtThe career options available include:
It is possible to enter a career in the sport and leisure industry in the public or private sector directly from this degree course. Potential Employment/Business Opportunities include;

Fitness Centre/Leisure Centre Manager -  employed mainly in commercial public and private sector health clubs and gymnasia to manage the provision of physical fitness and lifestyle programmes.

Lifestyle Consultant - employed mainly in the private sector to provide physical fitness instruction and prescription of exercise/fitness programmes for individuals.

Sports Administrator - works within a governing body or the Sports Council incorporating a significant emphasis administrative and financial aspects.

Sports Coach/Instructor - This work can also form part of the work of a sports development officer or a recreation assistant in a sports centre.

Sports Development Officer - promotes various sports within the community, usually amongst particular target groups, or develops one sport on behalf of a local authority, governing body or professional association.

Sports Therapist - mainly concerned with the prevention and treatment of injury in sport and with improving and maintaining physical performance .

Exercise Physiologist - studies the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity.  Exercise physiologists work and study in commercial, clinical and workplace settings to increase health, fitness and quality of life in the general population.

Physical / Occupational Physiologist - work with many different professionals to improve the performance of workers by enhancing their health and occupational abilities, preventing or rehabilitating workplace injuries and assisting in recovery from injuries or disease of the muscles, joints, nerves or bones.

Medical / Scientific Researcher - conducts studies from either a basic or applied science perspective such as ways to increase athletic performance or how to improve health and reduce disease.

How To Apply

John Behan (Head of Department) + 353 1 4042403  email

Department  phone extensions: + 353 1 404 2436 / 2400 / 2406   - Fax: + 353 1 4042404

Further Information

Please visit the department website



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