PE Teaching & Sports Studies Pre-University

Our Pre-University PE Teaching & Sports Studies course is designed to provide you with a range of skills and aims to prepare for a career in teaching, coaching, strength and conditioning. You will study the theory of Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness and a range of team coaching awards that are immediately relevant to this dynamic, energetic and fastmoving sector.

We are linked with organisations like the GAA, and you will have opportunities to further your teaching and coaching abilities in a range of team sports. You will study the theory required to gain an understanding of the various elements of the sport and fitness industry. This combination of practical and theory-based study will support you to access a range of career opportunities including PE teaching, Strength and Conditioning, Sport and Recreation Management. You can progress direct to work, or to additional Further and Higher Education.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • Highly experienced PE, sports & fitness team
  • Outstanding PE facilities including fully-equipped gym
  • Excellent progression routes
  • Work experience in sports coaching/PE teaching at primary or post-primary schools
  • Links with other sports providers

Course Content

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Soccer Coaching
  • GAA Coaching
  • Rugby Coaching
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Adapted Physical Activity
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • ITEC Gym based fitness Instruction

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • PE Studies
  • Sports Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Studies
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Clubs Assistant
  • Sports Development Offices
  • Gym Instructor
  • Leisure Centre Instructor
  • Hotel Leisure Attendant

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146
  • ITEC L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) ISP2C5
  • GAA Coaching Award – Foundation Level
  • Sport Ireland – Child Safeguarding Level 1
  • Disability Inclusion Awareness Training Certification
  • Autism in Sport Training Certificate


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415720

Coordinator: Mary Walsh

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.