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Dunboyne College of Further Education

Dunboyne College of Further Education


Sport Management & Coaching

Code:  5M5146
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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What is Sports Management and Coaching?

This one year course will aim to prepare participants for work with people in the sports, coaching, recreation or leisure industries. The sports management and coaching graduate will gain the social, communication and leadership skills to work with individuals and groups in the growing sports coaching and health and fitness areas.

Many of the skills acquired will be transferable for use in business or community development settings. Sports Management and Coaching will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice.

This course will combine sports and coaching expertise with business, management and communication skills. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced, mature persons seeking a formal education. It will allow graduates to pursue scholarship programmes in Ireland or abroad.

Students can also opt for the Sports Science qualification through the Science department.

Career Opportunities:

The course will give graduates the opportunity to become sports development officers or work in areas like gyms, leisure centres, or sports clubs. The general qualification will lead to careers in the rapidly expanding leisure industry.

The Level 5 qualification can lead to certificate or degree courses in Sports or indeed Business, Computers, etc. in many IT colleges and universities throughout the country, as well as pursuing a QQI level 6 in Sports or Leisure Management courses in various colleges of further education. The new Sports Management and Coaching degree course in IT Blanchardstown will offer graduates a local alternative to pursue their study to honours degree level.

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Exercise and Health Instructor   Teacher - Physical Education  
Personal Trainer   Massage Therapist  
Physical Therapist   Physiotherapist  
Spinologist   Sports Scientist   
Psychologist - Sports   Physiotherapist - Sports   
Sports Therapist   Fitness /Aerobics Instructor  

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This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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