Health and Fitness

The Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure course is designed to provide the graduate with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in the health, fitness and leisure sector. It involves the study of six subject pillars: Exercise Science, Health Studies, Activity Leadership, Physical Education, Professional Practice and one of the elective pillars, Education in Aquatics or Outdoor and Experiential Learning.

All subjects have a mix of applied theory and practice, designed for the student to develop a broad, relevant  skills based. Most students will follow a common programme for the first three years. At the end of second year, however, some students may apply to enter the Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity specialisms in third year.

Students undertake a significant work placement in third year, which is completed with a local, national or international service provider.

The Health and Leisure Studies programmes were first offered in Tralee in 1993. The programme continues to be innovative in its approach to teaching methods, community engagement, learning, professional accreditation, relevance to the sector and the breadth of skills. Students can expect to become more competent in professional and life skills, and in communicating the theoretical basis for concepts in health, fitness and leisure. Graduates will be expected to pursue careers in Health, Fitness, Leisure, Recreation and Education sectors.

Graduates of the NFQ level 7 Health & Leisure course will have developed a broad knowledge and skills set from the component modules. As a result, the graduate will be capable of working in a multitude of health, fitness and recreation settings requiring a broad general knowledge of health studies (health, lifestyle, wellness and leisure, population health and lifestyle programme planning, philosophy, psychology and sociology of health) exercise science (anatomy, injury management and human physiology, exercise physiology, exercise physiology, research methods, kinesiology and posture cultivation), activity leadership (special populations, personal training, exercise programming, current trends, group fitness, gym instruction and athletic development, performance training), physical education (fundamental movement, gymnastics and dance) adapted physical activity, sports psychology and motor learning, youth development studies, coaching, leisure marketing, disability studies and human resource development.

All graduates of the Bachelor of Science Ordinary Degree in Health & Leisure are likely to find work in health and leisure centres, within health promotion units, spa/wellness centres, coaching and team sport settings, performance training, hotels, mainstream and special-needs schools, community centres, clinical settings, work place, in the private/entrepreneurial area, in pools and in the great outdoors. Graduates will operate within a positive strengths approach to promote wellness and optimal functioning through the use of health education, physical education, lifestyle and exercise programming, activity leadership/personal training, stress management, fitness testing and coaching, and depending on their chosen elective, education in aquatics or outdoor and experiential learning.




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