Course Outline:

This Advanced Certificate in Sports, Recreation, and Exercise further explores the knowledge, skill and understanding of many aspects within the sport and recreation industry.   The programme covers a broad range of topics within the fitness, health, and leisure industry, preparing learners 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 6 Advanced Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Exercise.  Further qualifications offered with this award include:

  • RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Course Content:

  • Sports Industry Practice 6N4650
  • Sports Nutrition 6N4651
  • Sports Psychology 6N4665
  • Event Management 6N4800
  • Nutrition and Health 6N6065
  • Exercise and Fitness 6N5345
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Work Experience 6N1946

Course Duration

This is a full-time one-year course which runs from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent
  • Sports, Recreation and Physical Therapy Level 5 QQI Award, or equivalent
  • Mature applicants with relevant experience are welcome

Entry to this course is subject to interview.

Careers and Further Progression:

Students can progress to related courses at third level colleges. This course prepares students for employment in: Sports Clubs, Leisure Centres, Gyms and Cruise Ships


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Sports Industry Practice – 6N4650

Aims to assist the learner to gain an understanding of the structure, procedures, functioning and rules and regulations within the sport, recreation and exercise sector.


Sports Nutrition – Level 6N4651

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 Psychology – 6N4665

Develops an understanding of the key psychological factors that influence participation and performance in sport.


Event Management – 6N4800

Provides the learner with the skills and knowledge to competently devise, produce, manage and evaluate an event.


Nutrition and Health – 6N6065

Equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating to include the provision of nutrition and healthy eating advice to individuals seeking to improve their diet for preventative purposes, for weight management, and/or, for health conditions without a medical contraindication.


Exercise & Fitness – 6N5345

Furnishes the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and or in an instructional capacity in an exercise, health and fitness environment


Communications – 6N1950

Facilitates the learner to acquire excellent communication skills which will enable active and effective participation in vocational and personal life.


Work Experience – 6N1946

Provides the learner with a comprehensive range of skills with detailed theoretical understanding of a general supervisory nature of the work placement in a specific vocational area.


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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