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Sports Science and Health

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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3 Years
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This degree course focuses on the medical aspects of physical activity.  Professionals in 'Sports Science and Health' will obtain a full and thorough understanding of the identification, treatment and prevention of injuries that happen during everyday life, illness, physical activity, athletic training, and sporting events. Courses will involve the study of injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management, and also understanding how illness and disease impact health, well-being and physical performance.

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Students will obtain a full and thorough understanding of the identification, treatment and prevention of injuries that happen during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.

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TA316 - Sports Science and Health
IT Tallaght

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TA316 - Sports Science and Health
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
Pass in one of the following:

C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering

C20175 - Mathematics for Computing

C20139 - Mathematics

5N1833 - Mathematics"

B20029 - Statistics

5N2066 - Statistics"

6N3395 - Mathematics"
or LCE Maths

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The career options available include:
It is possible to enter a career in the sport and leisure industry in the public or private sector directly from this degree course. Potential Employment/Business Opportunities include;

Fitness Centre/Leisure Centre Manager -  employed mainly in commercial public and private sector health clubs and gymnasia to manage the provision of physical fitness and lifestyle programmes.

Lifestyle Consultant - employed mainly in the private sector to provide physical fitness instruction and prescription of exercise/fitness programmes for individuals.

Sports Administrator - works within a governing body or the Sports Council incorporating a significant emphasis administrative and financial aspects.

Sports Coach/Instructor - This work can also form part of the work of a sports development officer or a recreation assistant in a sports centre.

Sports Development Officer - promotes various sports within the community, usually amongst particular target groups, or develops one sport on behalf of a local authority, governing body or professional association.

Sports Therapist - mainly concerned with the prevention and treatment of injury in sport and with improving and maintaining physical performance. 

Exercise Physiologist - studies the acute and chronic physiological responses and adaptations resulting from physical activity.  Exercise physiologists work and study in commercial, clinical and workplace settings to increase health, fitness and quality of life in the general population.

Physical / Occupational Physiologist - work with many different professionals to improve the performance of workers by enhancing their health and occupational abilities, preventing or rehabilitating workplace injuries and assisting in recovery from injuries or disease of the muscles, joints, nerves or bones.

Medical / Scientific Researcher - conducts studies from either a basic or applied science perspective such as ways to increase athletic performance or how to improve health and reduce disease.

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