CAO (Higher Education)

Degree - Honours Bachelor

Physical Activity and Health Science

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

Course Summary

This is a unique course primarily due to the multidisciplinary approach to physical activity and nutrition for public health. No existing course within the Republic of Ireland produces graduates with an in-depth knowledge of both physical activity and nutritional interventions, while bringing together the social, behavioural, biological and biomedical sciences to facilitate the development and improvement of existing interventional techniques.

Being physically active and having a healthy diet are important for people of all ages to maintain their health and wellbeing. As the number of people with diseases associated with physical inactivity and poor nutrition increases, the roles of exercise, physical activity and dietary behaviour in health promotion are gaining more importance.

Course Details

College Link > AL843 - Physical Activity 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 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.


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.

Career Progression

Employment outlets for graduates of the Physical Activity and Health degree will include:

  • Physical Activity and Health Intervention Coordinator (public/private sector).
  • Health Promotion
  • Physical Activity and Exercise Consulting
  • Physical Activity and Health Related Researcher 


Further Research

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