Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport Science CW178

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW178
  • 18
  • 420
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

Sport Science is the application of scientific principles in order to understand and enhance sport performance and health and well-being.

This four-year programme incorporates the core areas of Physiology, Psychology and Biomechanics but also includes other supplementary modules such as strength and conditioning, motor control, fitness testing, functional screening, nutrition and performance analysis to enhance the practical understanding of the core modules.

Students undertake a 14 week placement in a variety of sport science areas nationally and internationally. The work placement module is an opportunity for students to experience a real working environment and employ and enhance their skill set.

Special Features:

  • 14 week placement in a national or international organisation. Work placement sites have included the Leinster and Connacht rugby teams, Stanford University, Reading Football Club, Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre.
  • Modern, top-quality elite performance gym.
  • Dedicated performance analysis laboratory with the latest technologies. 
  • Community engagement in activity programmes such as Irish Cancer Society’s Strides for Life programme.
  • IT Carlow Health Week.
  • On-going practical experience working with IT Carlow sports teams.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Physiology and Health Science (NFQ Level 6).

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Postgraduate or research (MSc/PhD) opportunities are available at IT Carlow, Universities in Ireland, UK or around the world in areas including: physiotherapy, radiography, strength & conditioning, sport psychology, men’s health, nutrition, sport performance analysis, exercise and fitness in children.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates will be able to apply scientific and laboratory skills to assess fitness and health, design and implement training programmes and assess how training influences performance. Graduates will also be able to advise on exercise reconditioning, strength training, and nutrition for sport and pharmacological aspects of athletic performance.

This programme is suitable for anyone who is passionate about sport and science. For many people it is the perfect way to combine their love for a particular sporting activity with an education and career in a related field.

Possible careers include:

  • Sport & Exercise Physiologist
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Biomechanist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sport & Exercise Psychologist
  • Sport & Fitness Coach
  • Sport Development

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed. 

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director/Work Placement Co-ordinator
Damien Sheehan, BSc, PgDip