Course Outline:

Develop a detailed understanding of nutrition, diet and health by exploring how our behaviour can motivate and empower lifestyle choices. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary for the beginnings of a career in nutrition and health, or a foundation for further study in the emerging field of nutrition/ dietetics, health and wellbeing. Complete 8 modules leading to an award in Community Health Services 5M4468

  • Sports and Recreation Studies 5N2667
  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
  • Sports Nutrition 5N4651
  • Psychology 5N0754 (depending on college timetabling constraints)
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Word Processing 5N1358

Course Duration:

This is a one year, full time course, running from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP or Leaving Cert Applied
  • A FETAC/QQI Level 4 qualification
  • Mature students (age 23+) welcome
  • Interview
  • Garda vetting must be successfully completed


Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. QQI examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card. Books and essential class materials may also be required. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt. A Student Service fee of €100 also applies.

Detailed Course Outline:

Nutrition 5N2006

Complete a detailed study of the nutrition through the lifecycle and the link between diet and health. Construct nutritional plans and develop skills necessary for interpreting food labelling.

Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749

A detailed insight in the structure and function of the human body & each of its systems. Learn how the human body operates and functions. Develop an understanding into normal body functions and how our health is related to this.

Sports and Recreation Studies 5N2667

Develop an understanding of the development of sport, recreation and leisure up to the current day. Learn how to plan and manage various sport/ recreation events. Understand why people become involved in/ drop out of sport/ physical activity throughout life. Learn about standards in sport and leisure industry. Examine the components of fitness and how this related to our health.

Psychology 5N0754 depending on college timetabling constraints

Psychology 5N0754 is the study of Human Behaviour.

Work Experience 5N1356

Complete a 4-week hands on placement in an area of your choosing related to nutrition, health or exercise.

Communications 5N0690

Develop skills needed in the workplace including IT skills, team working skills as well as research and writing skills.


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