Health & Exercise Science

The BSc (Hons) in Health and Exercise Science is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the Exercise Sciences Common Entry Route. It is the successor programme of the BA (Hons) in Exercise and Health Studies. The BSc (Hons) in Health and Exercise Science combines the disciplines of exercise science and physical activity. The Health and Exercise Science programme will give graduates the knowledge and skills needed to assist the general population, distinct population groups and those with health problems as they engage in physical activity and structured exercise programmes. The programme is built on a broad-based exercise science education in physiology, biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, physical activity, strength and conditioning and exercise programming. At the end of the programme, graduates will be able to: Evaluate physiological function, fitness, physical activity and well-being in a range of population groups including aged individuals and those with health problems Develop and lead exercise programmes for these specialist groups Apply psychological and behavioural change techniques to promote programme adherence and increase physical activity Devise, implement and evaluate initiatives to increase physical activity and participation, targeting a variety of population groups in a variety of settings Assist in distinguishing fact from fiction with reference to the fitness research literature Programme features Awards REPS Ireland recognised fitness instructor awards are built into the programme, including Fitness Instruction, Group Fitness Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise for Health Specialist. Awards up to Personal Training can be obtained by the end of year 2. Facilities Laboratories and apparatus available for practical classes and research projects include 3 human performance laboratories, dance studios, a high-performance gym, a DEXA body composition analyser and ActivPal physical activity motion sensors. A number of classes are delivered in the teaching and laboratory facilities of the SETU Waterford ARENA. Work Placement A 16-week work placement offers supervised experience in a fitness, special needs or physical activity promotion environment. The Department has an extensive network of placement opportunities that include: Physical Activity Officers for people with a disability, older adults or in community settings Experiencing cardiac rehabilitation in regional hospitals Sports Development Officers with Local Sports Partnerships to promote participation in physical activity Personal Trainers in community and private enterprises Health and Exercise Specialists in workplaces, charities and NGB’s of sport.
Nivel NFQ: 8
Duración: 4
Area del curso: Health