Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. FABIO GALETTA
Department of MEDICINA CLINICA E SPERIMENTALE
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Gianfranco Natale
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The course includes a first year aimed at the acquisition of anatomical, biochemical and physiological knowledge in order to understand the basics of the human body. On the second and third year the course focuses on teaching the interrelation between physical activity and health and the theoretical and applied aspects of training. Students will also learn how to evaluate nutritional and functional aspects of training for professional and non-professional athletes and sports traumatology. It is also aimed at acquiring knowledge on environmental quality and safety of sport facilities and on the fundamentals of legislative and economic principles which are required to lead sporting organisations. The practical work is characterised by training activities which teach the fundamental aspects of specific sports for people of different ages and gender.
Key Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
Graduates must demonstrate knowledge of structural and functional aspects of human body systems and the characteristics of different physical activities and their effects on the body. They will be able to plan and manage physical activities for individuals and groups of people of different ages using sports equipment.
Graduates are able to evaluate the appropriateness of an activity program and training according to age and physical condition, assessing the adequacy of the equipment used and the severity of any injuries.
Graduates will be able to use correct and appropriate language in order to motivate athletes in exercise and physical activity.
Graduates will learn that acquiring knowledge is a useful tool to improve professionalism.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Graduates will work as skilled professionals in the field of physical education and sportS in public and private institutions, sports organisations, associations and recreational activities. Graduates will also play a pivotal role in teaching technical aspects of training.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
Students must complete the curriculum or one of the 'curricula' (tracks) as described in the Table below. This includes mandatory and elective course units and other activities for a total of 180 credits.
The final test (for which 6 credits are assigned)