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Applied Sports Science with Performance Technology - BSc (Hons)

Course Code: US959


Level

8

Duration

4 Years

Department

Sport & Early Childhood Studies


CAO Points

New course 2023

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Thurles

The BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science with Performance Technology prepares students to work in an emerging field of sports analysis. This course is underpinned with exercise science to provide students with the background knowledge of developing sports performance.

The course content will be delivered through theory and practical classes. This course focuses on the applied nature of exercise science with the addition of sports analysis. We place a significant emphasis on preparing students to be able to deliver the knowledge through practical coaching sessions. In addition, we aim to prepare students to be industry-ready.

Over the four years, students will study the core elements of exercise science, such as components of fitness, the principles of training, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and learn how to analyse biomechanical movements and the science of sport. Students will then specialise in performance technology. Specialist content includes; GPS technology, pre, post, and live sports event analysis, creating an athlete's needs analysis, talent identification, and recruitment. Covering the course content will allow students to take the ITEC gym instruction qualification exam.

**Please note that Garda Vetting is a requirement for this course.**

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Cert 

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.                                                           

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply directly to the International Office at TUS, allowing plenty of time for completing the visa process. Applications for September start should be made by 1st June at the latest to ensure visas are processed in time. You should familiarise yourself with visa processing times for your country of origin to ensure you make a timely application. Find out more here.

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What modules will I study?

This exciting 4-year honours degree will allow students to study the core elements of exercise science, such as components of fitness, the principles of training, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and learn how to analyse biomechanical movements and the science of sport. A core element of the course is the applied nature of the study. Consequently, the modules have significant practical elements that focus on the competencies necessary to coach and analyse the athletes’ performance in their chosen sport.

  • Year 1

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    You will learn about the principles and practices of resistance training, nutrition, warm-up, coaching skills, psychology, and anatomy and exercise physiology.


  • Year 2

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    This year will explore video and performance analytics, clinical and functional biomechanics, performance measurement & testing and sports psychology and sport nutrition.


  • Year 3

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    Covers sports technology analytics, GPS, injury management and rehabilitation, and an entire semester of work placement. The work placement opportunities include working alongside video analysis personnel, assisting sports science staff in the operation of GPS, and assisting physios in the assessment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. The full semester of work placement greatly enhances students’ practical learning.


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    Students will study applied performance analysis, and data analytics. Students will learn how to programme short, medium and long-term plans for a range of components of fitness, and develop strategies to measure an athlete’s sports performance over the short, medium and long term. Students will engage in a problem-based learning module, where they will work through various real-life sporting scenarios and learn how to work alongside mangers, skills and strength and conditioning coaches, physios and psychologists. Finally, students will produce a final year thesis.


Are there opportunities for further study?

Upon successful completion of this course graduates may pursue a level 9 master qualification in a similar subject area.

What are the career prospects?

On completion of the course, you will have developed a wide range of practical skills that are beneficial across various roles within a sporting organisation. Exposure to exercise science, performance analysis, coaching, and research environments will ensure you are ‘industry-ready.’ Graduates take up work in gyms, coaching, performance analysis or set up their own sport business. Graduates can also further their education in sports performance analysis, sports coaching or sports psychology.

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Why take this course?

The role of a performance analyst in sports has grown in recent times. This course offers students an opportunity to gain a qualification in exercise science while specialising in performance analysis.

We place a significant emphasis on preparing students to assess sports performance, design interventions, and recommend strategies to improve performance. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to support the coaches and athletes in their performance improvements. In addition, we aim to prepare students to be industry-ready.