BSc (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity

Course Points
307
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
40 Places
Course Start Date
September 2018

Course Summary

The four-year BSc (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity degree course aims to educate a category of professionals in the areas of health, physical activity and wellbeing. Graduates will have the skills necessary to assess, plan, promote and evaluate lifestyle interventions and physical activity courses that will enhance the quality of life of individuals that they work with

The overall aim of the BSc (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity degree course is to educate a category of professionals in the areas of health, physical activity and wellbeing. Graduates will have the skills necessary to assess, plan, promote and evaluate lifestyle interventions and physical activity courses that will enhance the quality of life of individuals that they work with. In doing so, risk factors associated with certain illnesses will be reduced.

There are four subject streams within the course:

  • health science,
  • exercise science,
  • health research
  • communicating the health message.

In addition, students have the opportunity to acquire qualifications in gym instruction, circuit training, personal training, exercise referral, exercise and nutritional interventions for obesity and diabetes and the management of lower back pain. In Stage 4 of the course students have an opportunity to choose one of three elective modules.

Supervised work placement is part of this course in Stages 3 and 4.

  • The Stage 3 placement involves a full-time, thirteen-week placement in a general setting (Physical Activity Coordinator offices within the Health Service Executive, Sports Council, Leisure facilities etc).
  • The Stage 4 placement involves part-time work and exposure to a specific, special population setting (for example: The Irish Wheelchair Association, Special Olympics Ireland, Irish Heart Foundation etc) for 1 day per week over a period of 10 weeks.

This course provides students with the skills required to pursue employment in the following areas:

  • Sports Development within Local Sports Partnerships / Sporting Organisations eg GAA, FAI
  • Physical Activity Coordinator within HSE
  • Community eg older adult settings, disability services, children's settings
  • Fitness consultation / Personal training
  • Leisure / Sports Management
  • Health Promotion
  • GP Exercise Referral

Graduates are eligible to apply for Postgraduate research / studies in related areas such as:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity Management
  • Sports Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Exercise Physiology

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades

AND Laboratory Science subject Grade O6 or H6

AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7

AND English Grade O6 or H7

OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

PLUS Minimum Points Score of 300.

Please note: Some modules within the Health and Physical Activity Course have a physical activity component and require active engagement from the student in order to fulfil the requirements of the course.

Mature Applicants: find more information here.

Northern Ireland Applicants: find more information here.

Supervised work placement is an essential component of this course.

Work placement consists of two strands that form an integral part of the third and fourth years.

  • The third year involves full-time placement in a general setting (Health Promotion Units within the HSE, Local Sports Partnerships, Health and Human Performance Laboratories, Sporting Organisations (FAI, GAA, Irish Sports Council), DkIT Sports and Societies Office) for a period of thirteen weeks from January to May.
  • The second placement involves part-time work and exposure to two specific, special population settings (The Irish Wheelchair Association, Rehab Care, DkIT students enrolled on the Certificate in Skills for Independent Living, Local Sports Partnerships, Crèches, Primary Schools, Older Adult Active Retirement Groups, Nursing Homes) for the equivalent of one day per week over a period of ten weeks.

Dr Myles Hackett (Head of Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies)
Phone: +353 42 9370263
Email: myles.hackett@dkit.ie

Fiona Hackett (Programme Director BSc. (Hons) Health and Physical Activity)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2704
Email: Fiona.Hackett@dkit.ie

Students will complete a number of internationally recognised health & fitness qualifications, approved by the European Health and Fitness Association and allowing access to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

Course ID DK880
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Points 307
Places 40
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September 2018
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