Bachelor of Science (Honours) Sport and Exercise Science CW138

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW138
  • 36
  • New course
  • 4 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
  • Subjects
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What is the Course about?

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

This course incorporates the core areas of biomechanics, physiology, psychology. Students undertake a 14-week national or international placement within the sport science sector.

The work placement module is a great opportunity for students to experience a real hands-on working environment, where by they can employ and enhance their skill set and employability.

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.
  • Fully equipped Physiology Laboratory and elite performance gym.
  • Dedicated performance analysis laboratory with the latest technologies.
  • Community engagement in activity programmes.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow Health Week.
  • On-going practical experience working with Institute of Technology Carlow sports teams.
  • Students can transfer to CW148 Bachelor of Science (Hons) Strength and Conditioning after Year 2.
  • Exit award: Higher Certificate in Physiology and Sport Science (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates are eligible to apply for the taught MSc in Strength and Conditioning and MSc/PhD research programmes at IT Carlow. Opportunities also exist in Irish, UK and International universities in areas including: physiotherapy; radiography; strength and 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 programme(s) and assess how training influences performance. Graduates will also be able to advise on strength and reconditioning training, nutrition for sport and pharmacological aspects of athletic performance.

This course is suitable for anyone who is passionate about sport and science. For many people, it is the perfect way to combine a love of sport with a science education and career in a related field. The course also focuses on physical activity and exercise for health.

Possible careers include:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise Professional
  • Biomechanist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Sport and Fitness Coach
  • Sport Development Officer.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Dr Colin J Coyle
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD