Sports, Recreation & Exercise

Our Sport, Recreation & Exercise course is ideal for anyone with an interest in sports, and will prepare you to progress to a wide range of sport-related Higher Education courses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete additional certification in coaching and fitness training. We’re linked with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and you will have opportunities to further your skills and coaching abilities in a range of team sports.

You will study the theory of Sport and Recreation, fitness, nutrition and a range of team coaching awards. 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 knowledge study will support you to access a range of career opportunities. You can progress to Higher Education courses, or directly to work.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Internationally recognised qualifications
  • Highly experienced sports and fitness team
  • High-level fitness skills training
  • Professional practice education
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Excellent progression routes

Course Content

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Soccer Coaching
  • GAA Coaching
  • Rugby Coaching
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • ITEC Gym Based Fitness Instruction

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Strength and Conditioning Trainer
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Clubs Assistant
  • Sports Development Offices
  • Gym Instructor
  • Leisure Centres Assistant
  • Hotel Leisure Assistant
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Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise 5M5146
  • ITEC L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) ISP2C5
  • GAA Coaching Award – Foundation Level
  • Sport Ireland – Child Safeguarding Level 1
  • FAI – Kickstart Soccer Coaching


  • Standard registration and L5 Exam Costs
    (see costs, fees and finance) and
  • ITEC Examinations €110
  • Other Awards €10

Additional Costs

Students on this programme require the following equipment and PPE, average costs are:

  • Books €30
  • Track-suit Kit €30
  • Sport Ireland – Child Safeguarding Level 1 €10
  • Fitness classes €10

Full details of what is required are available at interview and induction

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

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PLSS Code: 350483

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.