Course Description

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Portobello’s Institute’s BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science has been designed, in collaboration with Liverpool John Moore’s University,  a leading university globally in the field of Sport Science. This broad based degree gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts who are all working in the field of sports science with a wide and varied career path upon completion.



In collaboration with Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), Portobello Institute are excited to offer this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree programme.  In addition to being taught by active practitioners within this field, you will also have access to additional CPD opportunities, cutting edge technologies, networking opportunities and a host of employability enhancement activities.  The successful completion of this programme alongside all the added extras that Portobello have to offer, will allow anyone who embarks on this journey with us, to be at the forefront of the discipline and create the opportunity to compete within the arena of Sport and Exercise Science.

A degree from a recognised global leading sports science university

This degree is designed to professionally develop practitioners to progress in both their practical and future academic career. The BSc  in Sports & Exercise is awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), graduates will hold an instantly recognised degree from one of the world’s leading universities for sports science and physical education.

This course has been co-developed by Portobello Institute and the expert academic team in LJMU.

Why should I study this course?

Why Sport and Exercise Science?

What is it?

Sport and exercise science is an interdisciplinary field that combines elements of physiology, biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, and other related disciplines to study and enhance human performance and physical activity. It focuses on understanding the physiological, biomechanical, and psychological factors that influence human movement and athletic performance.

Sport and exercise science encompasses a wide range of topics and applications, including:

  • Exercise physiology: Examining how the body responds and adapts to physical exercise, including cardiovascular and respiratory responses, energy systems, and muscle function.
  • Biomechanics: Investigating the mechanics and physics of human movement, including the analysis of forces, motion, and the impact of equipment on performance.
  • Sports psychology: Studying the psychological factors that affect performance, such as motivation, stress, attention, and goal setting.
  • Sports nutrition: Analysing the role of nutrition in optimizing athletic performance, including the study of macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, and dietary strategies.
  • Strength and conditioning: Developing training programs to improve athletic performance, focusing on areas such as strength, power, speed, agility, and endurance.
  • Injury prevention and rehabilitation: Examining strategies to prevent sports-related injuries and developing rehabilitation protocols to help athletes recover from injuries.
  • Exercise prescription: Designing exercise programs for individuals or specific populations to improve health, fitness, and overall well-being.

Sport and exercise science professionals may work in various settings, including sports teams, fitness centres, research institutions, healthcare facilities, and academic institutions. Their roles can range from conducting research and providing performance analysis to designing training programs, advising athletes, and promoting physical activity for health benefits.

Overall, sport and exercise science aims to enhance athletic performance, optimize training and conditioning methods, prevent injuries, improve overall health and well-being, and contribute to the scientific knowledge of human movement and physical activity.

CollegePortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course CategoryFitness & Sport
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Awarding Body DetailsBSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Course Duration3 academic years
Course TimeTwo intakes per year - Spring and Autumn. Delivered both Fulltime and via Blended learning
Entry RequirementsWith a Leaving Certificate Leaving Certificate requirements – Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology* or Physical Education, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects. Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2023 Students may apply and be granted a “Conditional Offer” prior to completing the Leaving Certificate. Step 1 – Submit application Step 2 – Review of application and confirmation of eligibility criteria and entry requirements Step 3 – Conditional Offer issued on the basis of successful achievement of LC requirements Step 4 – Confirm acceptance of a place and pay deposit as detailed Places can not be held open for applicants awaiting leaving certificate results, however should a student accept a place and then choose not to progress with this course, after first round CAO offers have been made, a refund of 75% of fees paid will be made. Refunds must be requested in writing on or before 25th August 2023 Applicants who have previously completed the Leaving Certificate; Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology* or Physical Education, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects. *Applicants who do not hold LC Biology or Physical Education, are required to undertake the QQI level 5 Anatomy & Physiology and use this award in place of LC Biology. This course is available through Portobello Institute, further information available here. Without a Leaving Certificate Students are accepted on to this programme without a leaving certificate however applicants must meet one of the following criteria; QQI level 5 major award containing a biology subject ITEC level 2 award containing anatomy & physiology An undergraduate degree in another subject QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology – available through Portobello Institute Mature entry at 21 years. Mature students are reviewed on a case by case basis and entry is via interview. Those without a grounding in science and a previous academic qualification in science or biology, must complete QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology or equivalent. This course is available through Portobello Institute, further information available here. Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module
Carear PathWho will recognise my qualification? Upon completion of this level 8 degree programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science from Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU). LJMU is recognised as one of the leading Sport Science universities in the UK and is ranked globally in the top ten. You will be registered as a student with LJMU. Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Career prospects Studying sport and exercise science can lead to a variety of career opportunities in the field of sports, fitness, healthcare, research, and education. Here are some potential career prospects for individuals with a background in sport and exercise science: Sports scientist: Working with athletes and sports teams to analyse performance data, provide physiological assessments, design training programs, and monitor progress to optimize performance. Exercise physiologist: Conducting fitness assessments, developing exercise programs, and providing guidance on exercise prescription for individuals with various health goals, such as weight loss, rehabilitation, or chronic disease management. Strength and conditioning coach: Designing and implementing training programs to improve strength, power, speed, and overall athletic performance for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Sports nutritionist: Providing nutritional advice, designing personalized meal plans, and educating individuals or teams on proper nutrition strategies to optimize performance, enhance recovery, and achieve specific body composition goals. Sports psychologist: Assisting athletes in managing stress, improving mental skills, enhancing motivation, and optimizing performance through techniques such as goal setting, visualization, and relaxation training. Exercise rehabilitation specialist: Developing and implementing rehabilitation programs for individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries, focusing on restoring function, reducing pain, and promoting safe return to physical activity. Fitness centre manager: Overseeing the operations of fitness facilities, managing staff, coordinating fitness programs, and ensuring a safe and engaging environment for clients. Researcher or academic: Conducting scientific research, publishing studies, and teaching in academic institutions, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in sport and exercise science. Exercise consultant: Working with corporate wellness programs, community organizations, or public health initiatives to promote physical activity, educate individuals on exercise benefits, and develop exercise programs tailored to specific populations. Sports performance analyst: Analysing performance data, using technology and software to assess technique, tactics, and physical performance, and providing feedback to athletes and coaches for performance improvement. These are just a few examples of the many career paths available to individuals with a sport and exercise science background. The specific opportunities may vary depending on factors such as education level, experience, specialization, and personal interests. What is the role of a Sports Scientist? Sports scientists work in the sports industries with athletes, coaches and governing bodies to help improve elite performance or in communities or clinical settings on health promotion intervention, policy and strategy. Through the multi-disciplinary study of behavioural, physical and life sciences, this degree prepares you for a highly rewarding career in sports or exercise contexts - including scientific support, rehabilitation, exercise training and health promotion.
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