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 award 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. Practical elements of this course take place in The Movement gym, Castlebar. Successful students will receive a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Exercise.  Further qualifications offered with this award include:

  • RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)


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

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:


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.


There are no fees to study this course.

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



Provides the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand the nutritional composition of food and the effects of food and nutrition on an individual’s health and personal well-being.


Sports Nutrition – Level 6

Further develops learner’s 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.


Gaelic Football Coaching

Facilitates the learner to gain the knowledge, skill and competence in technical, tactical, and team play aspects of the game of Gaelic Football to enable the learner to assist in coaching Gaelic Football to children, youths and adults.



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)

Allows the learner to apply a broad range of mathematical skills and tools to a wide variety of contexts, with some theoretical understanding.


RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised.

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