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Health and Physical Activity

6M5147 QQI Level 6 Sports, Recreation and Exercise


This innovative programme, facilitating Level-6 entry, has been designed to immerse the learner in an environment of health awareness conducive to academic excellence. Students are schooled in the principles of best-practice across a broad spectrum of modules related to healthcare, fitness and physical activity.

Specifically tailored as an access programme for third level studies, successful graduates may apply for advanced entry to the B.Sc. (Hons) in Health and Physical Activity at Dundalk I.T., DIT or ITB.

Graduates are eligible for advanced entry into Sports Science & Physical Education at Portobello Institute Dublin.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, including two honours (minimum grade
H4) at Higher Level. Biology is desirable, or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 5 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in exercise, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Sports Industry Practice, Sports Nutrition, On-Site Massage, Sports Psychology, Team Leadership, Work Experience, ITEC Gym Instruction, Anatomy & Physiology, Health Promotion & Injury Prevention.


QQI Level 6, ITEC Gym Instruction, Gaelic Athletic Association, Irish Rugby Football Union, Level 1 & 2 Award in Refereeing.

Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 6 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


In addition to Sports Science at I.T. Tallaght, graduates may pursue access routes in Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy, Carlow I.T. and other third-level institutes in the Republic of Ireland and the UK, (with possible advance entry to Institutes of Technology in the Republic of Ireland).  


1 Year

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