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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Health and Physical Activity Level 6

PLSS Code 370123

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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 a number of Degree Programmes.

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.

What Will I Study?

Sports Industry Practice, Nutrition and Health, On-Site Massage, Sports Psychology, Team Leadership, Work Experience, Electives: Gaelic Football Coaching Rugby Coaching (In partnership with Rugby Academy Ireland)

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Level 6 Sports, Recreation and Exercise 6M5147 and ITEC Gym Instruction.

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Institutes of Technology 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 -  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.

Graduates of Colaiste Ide Advanced Certificate Level 6 are enrolled in the following Programmes:

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, The Netherlands, Bachelor of Health Physiotherapy
  • Portobello Institute Dublin: B.Sc (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Science, (Awarded by London Metropolitan University)
  • Garda Siochana College, Templemore
  • I.T Tallaght: Sports Science
  • Dundalk I.T: Health & Physical Activity Advanced entry
  • TUD: Advanced Entry Leisure Management
  • ITB: Sports Management & Coaching

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   Routes for this Course


1 Year


Places on our fulltime PLC programmes are available free of charge to VTOS applicants


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

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