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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Exercise, Wellbeing and Holistic Studies

Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This unique course is a response to the Wellness revolution that has captured the sport and leisure world. The health & fitness industry is constantly developing and changing with mind/body forms of training and meditation centred ideologies becoming increasingly popular. This course is suitable for those with a keen interest in sports and holistic therapies and aims to provide successful graduates with the skills and competencies to work in the area of health and wellbeing. Learners will gain a solid foundation in the concepts of Exercise & Fitness, Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology while also leading to more specialised internationally recognised qualifications in the areas of:

» Holistic/Sports Massage (ITEC)
» Diet & Nutrition (ITEC)
» Strand A: Yoga Teaching: Fitness yoga fusion.
» Strand B: Pilates & Corrective Exercise (ITEC) (Depending on demand)

Work Experience is an integral part of the course while those who opt to study yoga should note that it is a 200 hr comprehensive training course that will require extensive self-practice to enable learners to execute and deliver commercial and current yoga classes.

Entry Requirements

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.

What Will I Study?

Core Components:

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Teamworking
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Onsite Massage
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports and Exercise Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition.

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

» QQI Sports, Recreation and Exercise Level 5 Major award (5M5146)

Career Opportunities and Progression

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

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses or Level 7 and Level 8 programmes in Higher Education, such as, TU Dublin, DCU, Maynooth, SETU.

-  visit for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

Successful graduates can obtain employment in Health & Wellbeing centres, Leisure Centres, Health Spas, Healing Centres, Cruise Ships, Care Homes and Hotels. 

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Places on our fulltime PLC programmes are available free of charge to VTOS applicants (you are over 21 and will be in receipt of a social welfare payment for minimum 6 months by September 2023). Click here for more info ›


Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board