CAO (Higher Education)

Degree - Ordinary Bachelor

Exercise and Health Science

Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Athlone Institute of Technology - AIT
Course Code
NFQ Type
3 Years
Full Time
CAO Points 2019
Points Change

Course Summary

This programme is designed to produce specialists in behaviour change across all aspects of health but most specifically in exercise/physical activity and nutrition. Across Ireland and worldwide, many people have poor lifestyles and are at risk of developing ill health. A lack of physical activity and poor dietary habits are risk factors for chronic disease but equally these are entirely modifiable behaviours.

This programme focuses on developing graduates who can promote the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits through effective, sustainable and multi layered interventions. This is a unique programme for those interested in exercise prescription, exercise rehabilitation, nutrition, health promotion and public health. The programme encompasses a 24 week practical work placement where students will gain applied experience in a variety of real world settings, reflective of potential job opportunities.

Course Details

College Link > AL740 - Exercise and Health Science

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Career Sectors

This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.

Entry Requirements

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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.

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The Student - Career Interests

This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Career Progression

Studying Exercise and Health Science will provide students with the appropriate qualifications for many career options, all requiring an expertise to help people, at an individual, community and population level to make favourable lifestyle changes. This may include working as an exercise rehabilitation specialist, a physical activity/sports promotion or development officer, a physical activity/health promotion specialists in the HSE, a wellness professional, working with general community groups/organisations as well as with specialist populations such as youth groups, socially disadvantaged/minority groups, older adults and disability groups. Graduates will also be eligible to pursue further study at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Further Research

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