The Foundation in Sports Inclusion, Coaching and Leisure Management is run online and provides direct entry to the BSc in Health and Leisure Studies.
The 4-year Honours (NFQ Level 8) Bachelor of Science in Health and Leisure course, TL871, is designed to provide the graduate with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in the health, fitness and leisure sector as a well-qualified, informed, engaged honours degree graduate. Honours degree students are expected to become policy makers, valued sectoral professionals and advocates for a holistic, positive strengths approach to healthy living. The course 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 (PE) or Adapted Physical Activity (APA) specialisms in third year or General Health and Leisure streams which allows students to begin to specialise in specific topics in third year or continue to take the general health and leisure programme.
Students undertake a significant work placement in third year, which is completed with a local, national or international service provider.
Students on the Level 8 programme, who have not already opted to specialise in either Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity, progress to fourth year in one of three specialisms. These are: Health and Wellbeing, Sports Development or Athletic Performance. Each of these specialisms includes a major independent study or research project which the students must undertake during fourth year. Level 8 students graduate with a degree award title which reflects the specialism they took in fourth year.Full attendance at all programme activities is expected. A minimum attendance regulation applies.
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” – Unknown
The Health and Leisure Studies programmes were first offered in Tralee in 1993. Throughout that time, we have continued to be innovative in our approach to teaching and learning, ensuring the programme content will equip students with the breadth of knowledge, skills and competency to perform at the highest levels. Graduates will have a bachelor of science degree and a variety of discipline-specific professional (various health-related, exercise professional-related and aquatics or outdoor education) certifications. Students are expected to become sufficiently competent practitioners to become eligible for professional fitness instructor registration in group exercise, gym instruction and personal training.