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The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

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Moate Business College

Moate Business College


Sport, Recreation & Exercise

Course Code:  5M5146
Award Code(s):  5M5146
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Course Details

This full time one year course provides students with a greater understanding and knowledge of the Sport and Leisure Industry. The course consists of both practical skills and knowledge required to seek employment or to continue their studies in the area of Sport and Leisure.

Practical classes including swimming and life guarding, Gaelic football coaching, soccer coaching, circuit training and exercise to music instruction as well as resistance training and fitness assessment instruction. Attendance and participation in practical classes is essential.
Maximum number of 25 students accepted on this course. Final selection subject to interview and Garda Vetting.


Sport and Recreation, Exercise and Fitness, Leisure Facility Administration, Soccer Coaching, Gaelic Football Coaching, Lifeguarding/Swimming and Water Safety, Communications, Work Experience, Occupational First Aid, Nutrition nad Sports Anatomy and Physiology


Candidates should be of Leaving Cert standard of equivalent with a strong interest in working within the Sports and Leisure Industry.


• Health and Fitness Centres

• Swimming Pools

• Summer Camps

• Sports Retail Outlets

• Sports Development


Athlone Institute of Technology AL663 Business (Sport and Recreation) L6 AL761 Hotel and Leisure Management  L7 AL760 Spa and Wellness Management  L7

Blanchardstown Institute of Technology

Sports Management and Coaching BN020  L7 Sports Management and Coaching BN111  L8

University College Cork Sports Studies and Physical Education CK116 L8

Carlow Institute of Technology Physiology and Health Science CW106  L6 Sport Science CW178 L8 Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy CW188 L8 Strength and Conditioning  CW198  L8 Sport and Exercise (GAA) – Portfolio CW807  L7 Sport and Exercise (Rugby) – Portfolio CW817 L7 Sport and Exercise (Soccer) – Portfolio CW827 L7 Sports Management and Coaching CW858 (Options: GAA, Rugby, Soccer) - Portfolio  L8 

Limerick Institute of Technology Sports Coaching and Development LC228  L6 Business with Sports Management LC295  L8 Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles) LC422 L8 Sports Strength and Conditioning (Thurles) LC423 L7

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Sports Studies LY206    L6 Sports Coaching and Performance LY228   L8

Sligo Institute of Technology Recreation and Leisure  SG134   L7 Health Science and Physiology  SG435  L7

Tralee Institute of Technology Adventure Tourism Management TL721  L7 Health and Leisure TL771   L7 Health and Leisure with Massage TL772  L7 Adventure Tourism Management TL821  L8

Waterford  Institute of Technology Recreation and Sport Management WD019 L7 Health Promotion WD124   L8 Exercise and Health Studies WD125  L8 Sports Coaching and Performance WD186  L8

CERTIFICATION On successful completion of the course, candidates who reach the required standard will receive the following awards: • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (5M5146) • OFA Certification • IWS – Pool  Lifeguarding • FAI- Kickstart 1 and 2  + (4 x 4 workshop) • GAA- Foundation level + (Level 1) • Code of Ethics


Moate Business College students are eligible under the same conditions that apply to any third level institution for the government paid maintenance grant.

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As more and more people are aiming to get back into the workforce, mature students are invited to apply to any of the courses on offer at the college.  To encourage participation by mature students, each applicant is assessed solely on the basis of an interview.  People who have been unemployed may avail of the Vocational Training Oportunities Scheme (VTOS) and Back to Education Initiatives (BTEI), and study at MBC without losing social welfare benefits.

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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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