Course Outline:

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and understanding of the diverse elements within the Sports Industry. Students will be equipped with a variety of practical skills as well as a solid foundation in Exercise Science. This affords students the dual opportunity to either seek employment or progress their studies at 3rd Level colleges in the area of Sport, Leisure and or Exercise Science. The practical elements of this course will take place in the Physical Education facilities in Davitt College, Castlebar and The Movement gym in Castlebar. Prior to engaging in practical Work Experience, students will complete both a Manual Handling and an Occupational First Aid Course. Successful students will receive a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Exercise.

  • Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
  • Sports and Recreation Studies 5N2667
  • Personal Effectiveness 5N1390 or Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Nutrition 5N2006
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology 5N4648
  • Sport and Exercise Injury Prevention 5N5665
  • Adventure Activities 5N4646

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

Student Testimonial:

Dominick Dempsey:

The sports studies course was the perfect choice for me because of my involvement in sport and my interest to further pursue a level 8 in Sports and Exercise Science as they share many similar modules. The mix of theoretical and practical modules was great as well as the work experience placements which helped me think about possible future career paths. The staff at CCFE were brilliant always offering support when needed. I have no hesitation recommending this course to anyone who is thinking of a career in this field with the great opportunities that come from it.


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:

Exercise & Fitness:

Provides the learner with the relevant knowledge and instructional skills to assist an exercise instructor in the delivery of a safe and effective exercise programme or class.

Sports and Recreation Studies:

Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the theory and practice underpinning sport and recreation activities to enable the learner to work under supervision in a variety of sport, recreation and exercise contexts.

Sports Nutrition:

Equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the concepts and principles underpinning nutrition, energy sources and energy usage within an active living, exercise, sports and or weight management context.

Sports Anatomy & Physiology:

Furnishes the learner with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and how it is relevant to participation in sports and exercise.

Sports & Exercise Injury Prevention:

Develops the knowledge and practical skills to allow the learner to identify, treat and rehabilitate athletes with different sporting injuries.

Adventure Activities:

Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles and practices underpinning adventure activities, i.e., risk management, the reflective practitioner model, effective team working and group dynamics and to enable the learner to assist in the delivery of adventure activities.


Facilitates the learner to acquire communication skills relevant to vocational and personal development.

Work Experience:

Allows the learner to gain personal knowledge, skills and capacity while participating in a suitable work placement, for a limited time, under supervision.

Mathematics (optional)

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