Project Description

Sports, Fitness & Soccer

PLSS Code: 290195
Coordinator:Robbie Kavanagh

Soccer at Carlow Institute enjoys a national reputation for excellence. Our Sport, Fitness and Soccer course is ideal for anyone with an interest in health and fitness, with an emphasis on soccer playing and coaching. We’re linked with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and each student has opportunities to further their playing skills and coaching abilities. You will study the science of sports and fitness, combined with fitness training and soccer coaching. Team competition is a major part of this course. Students who complete this course can progress to our own Level 6 Advanced Soccer and Player Development course, and to Higher Education.

What Makes This Course Special

  • High-level soccer coaching and fitness skills training
  • Highly experienced sports & fitness team
  • FAI and other professional links
  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Excellent progression routes, including our own Level 6 programmes

Course Content

  • Soccer Coaching
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • FAI Coach Education
  • Nutrition
  • Rugby Coaching
  • Sport & Recreation Studies
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Soccer Player
  • Soccer Coach
  • Soccer / Sports Management
  • Gym Assistant
  • Sports Clubs Assistant
  • Sports Development Offices
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Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements.

QQI Level 5 Certificate
in Sport, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146
Sport Ireland/FAI Code of Ethics for Children in Sport
FAI Coach Education Award

Standard registration and QQI L5 Exam Costs (see costs, fees and finance)
Sport Ireland/FAI – Code Education Award €40 and
Sport Ireland/FAI – Code of Ethics for Children in Sport €10

Additional Costs
Soccer Training Kit €75 average price

Optional Extra Qualifications
QQI Level 5 Occupational First Aid €110
Irish Water Safety – Pool Lifeguard award €250

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

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Early Interview Option

Early interviews normally take place in May with the following round taking place in August.

An offer of a place does not guarantee a place - only full payment of fees will move an applicant to registered status. If an offer is not accepted in time and a course is full then applicants will be added to a waiting list and have the opportunity to apply for another course.

Note: This is a full-time course.