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3 Years


Degree Level 8


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October 2020

BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Performance Analysis - Blended Learning

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Are you interested in becoming a qualified sports performance analysis with a BSc in Sports Performance Analysis? This honours degree is delivered over three years and has been designed by Portobello Institute for blended learning so you can study in your own time. With online learning and seminars delivered over the weekend, there is one to one support available to you throughout your learning journey. This blended learning option gives mature students and those working full-time, the opportunity to access this degree qualification that can lead to a career as a sports scientist in the area of performance analysis. 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 a level 8 degree that is accessible, affordable and achievable. To read more about the changing roles of technology and performance analysis - click here

What is the role of a Sports performance Analysis?

If you are interested in assessing performance in sport to develop an understanding of actions that can inform decision-making, optimize performance and support coaches and players in their journey towards optimal results, then a role in sports performance analysis will be of interest to you. Professional sports teams employ performance data analysists to manage the data they gather and analyse to manage the development of their athletes. When working in this area of sport you will be helping professional athletes and teams achieve optimum levels of performance. As a sports performance analysis, you will utilise the principles of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education. Our programme manager Dr Susan Giblin gives an insight to the role of a performance analyst here

Why should I study this degree?

Portobello’s Institute’s BSc in Sports Performance Analysis gives you the opportunity to attain a level 8 honours degree through a flexible mode of delivery combining contact tuition with online learning. Upon completing this degree you will have career opportunities as a sports performance analysis working with professional athletes, teams and in sports technology companies and software providers worldwide. Many of the top international sports technology companies (Stats Sport, Kitman Labs, Orreco, STAT, Performa Sport) have their headquarters in Ireland and a degree in Sports Performance Analysis would make you an ideal candidate for recruitment. Visit our Graduates Success Stories here to understand the opportunities our past sports students have availed of, the further studies they have undertaken and their unique learning journeys.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. This type of delivery is generally applied to courses with a practical skills element such as our BSc (hons) in Sports Therapy and allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of a lengthy programme with home and work.

What will I learn during this BSc (Hons) in Sports Performance Analysis?

During this degree you will develop knowledge and experience working with technology and proficiency in practical sports data analysis for information coach selection, injury risk identification and training programme effectiveness. Portobello Institute has built excellent links with sports technology companies and performance sport domains which will allow you to experience a practical-based placement as part of their course giving you an insight to a career in sports performance analysis.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on this Sports Performance Analysis degree have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and combined practical experience in sports performance analysis and education. Each of our tutoring team are passionate about the contribution sports therapy plays in the overall performance of athletes and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here

Who will recognise my degree?

Upon completing this degree you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Sports Performance Analysis awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU)

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Sports Performance Analysis. This is awarded at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications

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. Further guidance on this framework is available here

Entry is direct application to Portobello Institute

The entry routes are as follows:

With a Leaving Certificate;

Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects. Students applying without LC Biology may complete QQI level 5 in Anatomy & Physiology as a distance learning course to compensate.


Without the required Leaving Certificate, students should 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 without meeting the above criteria

Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module


Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria

Step 3  - Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student with London  Metropolitan University.

This programme is delivered over three academic years. There are supported seminars held at weekends with an exact schedule available on 22/07/20

Year 1 commences on 04/10/20 running to 23/05/21.

Weekend seminar dates Sept 2020

Seminars & Tutor Support

The tutorial seminars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These seminars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need as a Sports Performance Analysist. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.  This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.


Online Learning Portal - Moodle

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate Moodle and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessment. You will need basic computer skills to search the internet and type a word document to complete your assignment.

During your studies, you will develop knowledge and skills needed to perform in live sports performance analysis settings and the ability to function as an effective sports performance analyst. 


Year 1 (Level 6)

Human Anatomy & Biomechanics - 30 credits

Human Physiology & Training Principles - 30 credits

Foundations of Sports Psychology & Coaching - 30 credits

Sports Science Research Methods - 30 credits

Year 2  (Level 7)

Analysis for Team & Individual Sports - 15 credits

Applied Principles of Strength & Conditioning - 15 credits

Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement - 15 credits

Sports & Exercise Physiology - 30 credits

Sports Science Research Methods - 30 credits


Year 3  (Level 8)

Advanced Analysis for Sports Performance - 30 credits

Sports Psychology & the Elite Athlete - 30 credits

Advanced biomechanics - 15 credits

Sports Performance Analysis Dissertation - 30 credits

Work Placement


Learning Outcomes

On completing the course the student will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to work as sports performance analyst.

Critically evaluate the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education

Propose appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sport and exercise science and performance.

Facilitate the enhancement of sport performance through effective analysis

Course price €4,795 per academic year

Exam fee €275 per academic year - due at start of academic year

Easy Payment Scheme:

Deposit of €1,200, 6 monthly payments of €633 per month payable by debit/credit card on 5th of each month, commencing month after the academic year commences. This payment scheme contains a nominal €203 instalment fee. Total payable is €5,273 per academic year

Please note if you  wish to pay by instalment, contact our enrolments department on 01-892-0041 as our website can only process full payment.

Places are not confirmed until initial tuition fee is received by Portobello Institute.

Course Progression

The purpose of the programme is to equip students with the practical analytical skills needed to work within sports technology companies and software providers or in practical Professional Sports settings either in Ireland, Europe, USA or Australia.

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Course Code Location & Info Price
SPAB-B-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Year 1 - 03/10/20 - 28/05/21
Weekend seminars are held on Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am - 4.30pm
€4795 Book Now
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