• Code:5M5146
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation & Exercise 
  • Duration: One Year, September to May


This course aims to equip graduates with the practical skills and knowledge to attain careers as fitness instructors & sports coaches or to provide an alternative route to third level education in a wide range of subject areas.

Additional Certificates 

  • ITEC Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • Active Leadership Course
  • Certificate in GAA Coaching
  • Certificate in FAI Kickstart 1
  • First Aid Responder (QQI Level 5 module)
Programme of Study*
  • Sport & Recreation Studies
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Leisure Facility Administration
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sport & Exercise Injury Prevention
  • Adventure Activities
  • Nutrition
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience

* Modules subject to change

Entry Requirements

It is desirable that students should be of Leaving Certificate Standard or have achieved an Applied Leaving Certificate with Distinction. Portlaoise Institute welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and do not require the above qualifications. 

All students are required to complete an assessment before commencing a Further Education course in Portlaoise Institute. This assessment confirms if the student has the required level of English and Maths (if applicable) to complete a Level 5 course. 

Career Opportunities
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Personal Training
  • Exercise Class Instruction
  • Leisure Attendants
  • Sports Coaching
Higher Education Progression*

Here are examples of courses students can progress to based on successful completion: 

Examples of courses you can progress to:

CAO Code Course Title College NFQ Level
CW827 Sports Coaching and Business Management - Soccer (Portfolio)          IT Carlow 7
CW178 Sport Science (with options)    IT Carlow 8
AL663 Business (Sport and Recreation)         Athlone IT  6
LC422 Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles)     Limerick IT (Thurles) 8
LC295 Business Studies with Sports Management       Limerick IT 8

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Coordinator

Sandra Molloy, smolloy@portlaoisecollege.ie

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