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BSc Sport & Exercise Science

BSc Sport & Exercise Science is a course run by Portobello Institute, Dublin. BSc Sport & Exercise Science gives a Course Qualification of Honours Bachelor Degree. For more information about BSc Sport & Exercise Science at Portobello Institute, please review the details below.


This is a 3 year BSc (Honours) programme that is designed to develop sports and exercise science graduates with excellent practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Sports scientists work either in the sports industries with athletes, coaches and governing bodies to help improve elite performance or in communities promoting healthy lifestyles.

An honours degree from a recognised global leading sports science university

This honours degree is designed to professionally develop practitioners for a career in sport. 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 performance analysis.

Preparation for a rewarding career in sport

Through the multi-disciplinary study of the 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.

Sports science is an exciting and constantly evolving specialism. This programme is an applied, skills based degree pathway that allow students to learn from our academic team who have extensive experience in elite sport science, exercise science and health promotion. Our academic team take a mentorship approach to supporting students to take the first steps in their career.

Gain exposure to cutting edge technology

We are dedicated to supporting our graduates to progress along their desired career path after graduation. Students gain exposure to cutting edge technology and are encouraged to explore their own personal specialist interests through placement and research opportunities. We have excellent links with industry that offers you the opportunity to gain first hand experience in the real world setting of elite sport and exercise science.

Sports Science and the importance of understanding the role of a scout

As Sports Science Students, it is important to understand the multi disciplines that form successful teams within Elite Sport.  Understanding athletes, coaches and management staff are crucial to offering valued Sports Science support, but there are other disciplines that Sport Science can be applied to.  Typically sitting within a recruitment department are members of staff who work within Scouting and Talent Identification.  As a Sports Scientist it may not be an obvious connection to understand why this link is important but the insight on offer from both a Sports Scientist and a Scout can be mutually beneficial, especially when it comes to identifying, testing and acquiring the right talent for your team.  It is therefore important to develop an understanding of a Scout’s role and how this knowledge can assist you in becoming a better Sports Scientist.

The Professional Football Scouting Association (PFSA)

The PFSA is an established CPD provider whose reputation reaches all corners of the globe.  Their impressive portfolio offers courses in Performance Analysis, Opposition Analysis, Talent Identification, Data Analysis, Report Writing and Analysis and Recruitment in Women’s Football.  In addition to offering these courses which have been produced by experts working within elite football, they also offer monthly webinars and access to a PFSA membership which allows those registered to have access to live games to either scout players or produce reports for the respected clubs.  The PFSA and Portobello Institute have entered into a partnership to offer all students studying Sport Science the opportunity to obtain all Level 1 qualifications, plus all level 2 qualifications that are offered as pre recorded courses.  As a Portobello Sport student you will also have access to the monthly webinars which take place online on the first Wednesday of each month.

Learn from the experts

This honours degree is delivered by a team of expert tutors who are all practicing clinicians and experienced educators. You will have personal support from a personal academic tutor who is an experienced clinician and is there to to support you throughout your learning journey to achieve your personal best.

Gain employment through our strong network of connections

Gaining employment as a sports scientist is the objective of this degree and it is important students have the opportunity to gain practical experience and build a network of contacts within the sector.

Portobello Institute has an established network of connections. The work experience programme for this programme affords students the opportunity to gain practical working experience and engage with some of the leading sporting clubs in Ireland and the UK and to leverage those connections to advance their careers. Companies participating in our work experience programme invest considerable time in our students and recruit directly from this placement programme.

Accessible, affordable, achievable

There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in performance analysis, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Why should I study this course?

Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello Institute:

  • Accelerated programme completing your honours undergraduate degree in three years, getting you out into the world of work faster.
  • Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of immediate employment upon graduation.
  • Notable university partners – our university partners are among the top-ranking universities in the UK offering you access to a qualification from a renowned university.
  • Reputable placements – our work experience placements are with prominent organisations, connecting you with respected employers to build your future career network.
  • Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
  • Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
  • SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
  • Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
  • Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery over the same 2 – 3 days, helping you maintain a part-time job.
  • Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions on-site, online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
  • City Centre Location – Commuting to Portobello is very accessible – the Luas stops outside our door, and we are located within minutes from the major transport hubs.
  • Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.

Who 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.

What will I study during this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science?

The foundations and principles underpinning sport and exercise science are covered in the first two years (i.e. anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, health and physical activity). This provides the multi-disciplinary grounding recommended by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). In the final year, there is discipline specialisation and an independent research project led by the student. With strong links with industry partners, this programme has been designed to meet the needs and expectations of employers and with your future employability in mind. 

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Training ProviderPortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Awarding Body DetailsBSc Sport & Exercise Science awarded by LJMU
Course Duration3 academic years
Course TimeDelivered via Fulltime and Blended learning
Course Fee5885 per academic year
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.
Carear PathCareer prospects Graduates from the BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science programme can pursue careers directly in the field of sports science working to support professional sports teams or organisations. Over the course of three years, students develop the practical analytical skills needed to work within sports organisations, teams and governing bodies in Ireland, Europe, USA and Australia. Further Studies There is an opportunity to develop research skills to support those who wish to pursue a combined career in applied practice and academia at MSc or PhD level. Graduates of this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science have the opportunity to continue their studies with Portobello Institute to Masters level with four different career options as a result. Elite Sport Performance Analysis MSc Performance Analysis will provide you with an in-depth and relevant focus on applied and academic sports performance analysis skills that are needed for the role as a sports performance analyst in elite and professional sports environments. Exercise Health Science This MSc Clinical Exercise Science will provide you with an in-depth and relevant focus on applied and academic clinical exercise prescription for working in allied healthcare. This clinical exercise prescription course will enable practitioners to prescribe exercise for the purposes of disease prevention and disease management in a safe and scientific manner. Athlete Performance – Strength & Conditioning Portobello Institute will launch a MSc Strength and Conditioning in September ’23. This programme is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to support graduates gain employment developing athlete performance to the highest level. PE Teaching Graduates of this sport and exercise science degree, can with 2 years further study with Portobello Institute, qualify to become PE teachers. This involves completing Certificate in Higher Education in Physical Education, a PGCEi both currently available and a further year MSc Physical Education launching in autumn 2023. Portobello Institute’s offers graduates of this Sport & Exercise Science degree, preferential and direct entry, to secure a place on the above Masters programmes. 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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