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This sports science, coaching & fitness course is a full time comprehensive sports course designed to prepare students for a career in the leisure industry or to provide a pathway to further study.The course covers aspects of Sports Science which covers the scientific aspects of sport and exercise on human performance, endurance and capability. It is also an ideal course for those wishing to pursue a career in a professional coaching as it will equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills to bring out the best in any athlete. The increased public interest in health and fitness has led to a growing demand for the people with the technical and practical skills necessary to give specialised advice and training to those looking to continually improve their performance. This course aims to encourage students to engage in a broad area of study in both academic and practical areas.

Qualifications Gained*

- QQI Level 5 Major Award in Sports & Recreation & Exercise (5M5146)

- QQI Level 6 Minor Award in Sports Nutrition (6N4651)

*National Pool Lifeguard (Irish Water Safety) (optional)

Coaching Awards (depending on elective chosen)

* QQI awards are subject to validation

Entry Requirements

Entry is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to full time courses are interview based.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Course Content Modules

Team Working

Sports & Recreation Studies


Work Experience

Exercise & Fitness


Anatomy & Physiology

Sport First Aid


Electives- Choose x 2

Soccer; Kick Start 1 (F.A.I)

Gaelic Football Level 1 (G.A.A)

Certificate in Basketball

Certificate in Rugby

Career Opportunities

Successful candidates of this course can enjoy a range of careers in the sport and fitness industry including;

Sports Coaching, Life-guarding, Leisure Assistant, Gym Instructor, Activities Co-ordinator, Manager in a Sports/Fitness Centre

Progression Routes

For those that wish to continue their studies to a degree level, can progress onto our BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Physical Education (full and part time options available) subject to achieving minimum of 4 credits across 8 modules; one must be anatomy & physiology. Students may also decide to specialise in a particular area of interest for e.g. our Sports Psychology part time evening course.

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education fund which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.


Name: Sports Science, Coaching & Fitness

Cost: 3995 per year Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
3995 per year
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 09/10/17 - 27/04/18
  • Start/end time vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Exam Registration Fees: Included
  • National Pool Lifeguard: 50 euro