Health and Fitness

Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure

What is in Health and Leisure

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.


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Why study in Health and Leisure at IT, Tralee

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.

What are my career opportunities

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.

 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Please note that this course involves participation in rigorous physical activities on a daily basis. Eligible candidates will be asked to obtain medical clearance. Should a student sustain injuries which impact on physical engagement with the programme, it may affect the student’s progression schedule. Upon registration for this programme, all students must be assessed for swimming ability and confidence in the water. Satisfactory Garda vetting throughout the programme is a requirement for continued registration.

SPECIALISMS

Most student will remain on the General Health and Leisure programme for three years. Students may apply for one of two more specialised third year pathways, Adapted Physical Activity or Physical Education. Graduates of the TL771 programme who wish to progress to the B.Sc. (Hons) in Adapted Physical Activity or the B.Sc. (Hons) in Physical Education, must have taken the relevant specialism in the third year of the TL771 programme.

ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SPECIALISM

Semester 5
Activity Leadership 5
APA 2:Outdoor Environments
Exercise Science: Posture Cultivation
Research Methods:Qualitative and Quantitative
Sports Development: Sport in Society

Semester 6
Activity Leadership 6
APA 3:Disability Studies
Aquatic Rehabilitation Introduction
Sport Psychology and Motor Learning
Science of Movement and Therapeutic Exercise
Research Methods: Proposal to Methodology

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE SPECIALISM

Semester 5
Sport and Fitness Conditioning
Sport and Leisure Management
Exercise Science: Posture Cultivation
Activity Leadership 5

Semester 6
Sport Psychology & Motor Learning
Sports Development: Elite Sport
Health Studies: Lifestyle Programming Planning &
Interventions
Activity Leadership 6
Exercise Science:Applied Kinanthropometry Posture

SPORT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISM

Semester 5
Activity Leadership 5
APA 2:Outdoor Environments
Research Methods:Qualitative and Quantitative
Sports Development: Sport in Society

Semester 6
Activity Leadership 6
Health and Leisure Finance
Research Methods: Proposal to Methodology
Sport and Leisure Management
Sports Development: Elite Sport

WELLNESS SPECIALISM

Semester 5
Activity Leadership 5
Exercise Science: Posture Cultivation
Health Studies: Philosophy and Health
Research Methods:Qualitative and Quantitative

Semester 6
Activity Leadership 6
Exercise Science:Applied Kinanthropometry Posture
Health Studies: Lifestyle Programming Planning & Interventions
Health Studies: Social and Psychology of Health
Research Methods: Proposal to Methodology

PHYSICAL EDUCATION SPECIALISM

Semester 5
PE Curricular Studies:Games 1
PE Curricular Studies:Dance Contemporary
Research Methods:Qualitative and Quantitative

Semester 6
Sport Psychology and Motor Learning
PE Curricular Studies:Games 2
PE Curricular Studies:Dance/Aquatics/Outdoor Education
Physical Education Studies 2
Research Methods: Proposal to Methodology
Social, Personal and Health Education

 

Progression

Graduates of the B.Sc. in Health and Leisure who achieve an overall average grade of 50% or greater are eligible to apply for the relevant one-year, add-on B.Sc. (hons) programmes listed below. Graduates from other programmes should enquire as to eligibility.

BSc (Honours) in Health & Leisure with Health & Wellbeing (+1 Year)

BSc (Honours) in Health & Leisure with Sports Development (+1 Year)

BSc (Honours) in Health & Leisure with Athletic Performance (+1 Year)

BSc (Honours) in Health & Leisure with Physical Education (+1 Year)*

BSc (Honours) in Health & Leisure with Adapted Physical Activity (+1 Year)*

*Graduates of the TL771 programme who wish to progress to the B.Sc. (Hons) in Adapted Physical Activity or the B.Sc. (Hons) in Physical Education, must have taken the relevant specialism in the third year of the TL771 programme.



Graduates of the B.Sc. in Health and Leisure who achieve an award grade classification of second class honours grade 2 or greater are eligible to apply for postgraduate programmes. Note that postgraduates by research programmes are filled by competitive applications process so an award grade classification of higher than second class honours grade 2 is commonly preferred. Graduates from other programmes should enquire as to eligibility.

Postgraduate Masters or Doctorate Through Research

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