Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
This course aims to provide the successful graduates with the knowledge, skills and competence to work in the sports and leisure industry, in careers such as personal training, group fitness instructing, pool lifeguard and sports massage therapy.
In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications. Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis. The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. You must be medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in exercise.
We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.
- Sports Industry Practice
- Exercise and Fitness
- Sports Nutrition
- Health Promotion
- On Site Massage
- Team Leadership
- Personal and Professional Development
- Sports Anatomy & Physiology
QQI Sports, Recreation and Exercise 6M5147 NFQ Level 6, ITEC, NCEF (UL)
There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.
Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit cao.ie.
Full awards can be used for graduates to progress to Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in Higher Education such as In certain cases, graduates who hold a QQI Level 6 qualification, or who have other relevant educational and/or work experience equivalent to year 1 of an undergraduate programme, may be considered for Advanced Entry. Applicants must contact the Admissions Office of the relevant institutions for further information - visit cao.ie for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities:
UCD: BSc (Hons) Health & Performance Science
SETU Carlow: BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy
TUD Tallaght: BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Health
Full information can be found here.
Graduates go on to secure employment in the sports and leisure industry across a range of organisations in both the public and private sectors, including gyms, health clubs, leisure centres, hotels, swimming pools and cruise ships.