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Frequently Asked Questions | Health and Human Performance

How does the undergraduate ATT programme differ from that of SSH?

Although in the first two years the ATT and SSH undergraduate programmes share a number of modules, there are many distinct differences. This becomes more noticeable as you progress through your 4 year degree programme. The ATT programme deals with the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and how to train physical fitness. The SHH programme focuses on the improvement of sports performance and health promotion through physiological and biomechanical testing, coaching, performance analysis, and education.

How does the undergraduate programme in ATT differ from physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a general programme that teaches a variety of physiotherapy disciplines which include respiratory, neurology, and musculoskeletal. In contrast, ATT focuses exclusively on musculoskeletal injuries, educating students on their prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

What can I do after graduating with an SSH degree?

Due to the variety of modules taught in the SHH programme, there are many options for career progression or further study. Job opportunities include, performance analyst, performance coach, laboratory technician, and health promotion roles. Further study options include various masters degrees and professional doctorates in the areas of elite sport, health promotion, strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology, physiology, physiotherapy, and graduate/advanced entry medicine.

Can I teach once I have graduated with an SSH degree?

No, you will need to complete a specific postgraduate teaching qualification to pursue teaching as a career.

Can I teach once I have graduated with a PEB degree?


If I am applying through the Performance Sport CAO Points Concession, do I have to apply for a DCU Sports Scholarship at the same time?

No, these are two separate processes. Once you have been offered a place on a course, you are then eligible to apply for a DCU Sports Scholarship. More information can be found by clicking the link below:

DCU Sports & Wellbeing

How many places are there on each course and how many people apply each year?

Unfortunately, we cannot give an exact figure on this as the number of places we can offer changes annually. However, we continuously endeavour to cater for increasing interest, while maintaining the quality of education provided.

Can I secure a place on one of these courses after completing a PLC course?

Applicants who have a full NFQ level 5 award in appropriate qualifications and modules can be admitted on a competitive basis to certain DCU courses. QQI entry route is a competitive entry route with a limited number of places. A quota of places are offered based on the CAO ranked order of applicants based on performance. For programmes with a QQI entry route, approximately 10% of places are retained for QQI applicants.

To search for entry requirements for the degree programmes offered by the school of health and human performance, use the links below to find the relevant CAO course code and search the CAO QQI requirements:

Degree Programmes CAO QQI Requirements

Can I transfer from one course to another within the school of health and human performance?

Each course has its own CAO points entry requirement and a unique set of modules. Therefore, transfers are not routinely catered for but may be considered on a case-by-case basis and additional internal exams may need to be completed.

How do I apply for accommodation on campus?

Accommodation information is offered by DCU Accommodation through the following link:

DCU Accommodation

What CAO points do I need for each course?

The most recent CAO points requirement for each course is available on the full course details page for each programme. These pages are available through the following link:

Degree Programmes

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