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Health and Leisure

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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Health and Leisure Studies is the study of a wide range of subject areas designed to allow the student to develop a broad skills-base from which to engage with the Health and Leisure sector as a valuable, respected professional.

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The programme consists of an equal mixture of applied, active, often externally-certified leadership training programmes and the theoretical foundations underpinning each subject area. Students also develop their communication, presentation, social, pedagogical and research skills. The programme engages significantly with local and regional communities to ensure core skills are developed in realistic settings.

Students will have one major elective (aquatics or outdoor education) throughout their studies and apply to pursue specialist streams (wellness, adapted physical activity, physical education, sports development and fitness professional) from third year. Specialist streams are each supplemented with a one-year add-on Level 8 programme.

Most students follow a common programme for the first three years. At the end of year 2, a number of the students can choose to apply to enter the Physical Education or Adapted Physical Activity specialisms as these major specialisms require two years to complete (year 3 and add on year 4). A significant block practice placement in year 3 (12 weeks), completed in a local, national or international Service provider forms part of this Bachelor of Science Ordinary Degree programme in Health and Leisure.

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TL771 - Health and Leisure
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TL771 - Health and Leisure
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Graduates with a BSc in Health and Leisure Studies are typically qualified to work as gym instructors, activity co-ordinators, personal trainers, sports development officers, PE teachers (requires additional qualification), youth development officers, leisure facility managers, adapted physical activity specialists, health promotion officers, but are not limited to these roles.

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