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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Irish Dancing, Exercise and Fitness

QQI LEVEL 5 - 5M5146
PLSS Code 370133

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This sports award will offer you a unique blend of exercise and fitness combined with Irish dance. It offers qualifications to enable students to contribute to the varied job opportunities that are available worldwide within the industry. Participants will study a combination of modules in the Sports and Recreation award that will prepare the learner to succeed in the Fitness, Wellbeing or Dance Industry. This programme includes modules Dance, Exercise & Fitness, Pilates, Massage Therapy, Anatomy & Physiology, Team Working, Nutrition, Sports & Recreation Studies, Gym Instruction ITEC, Workshops, Audition Coaching, Optional Extra Irish Dancing Grades.

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?

This programme includes modules Dance, Exercise and Fitness, Massage Therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, Team Working, Nutrition, Sports and Recreation Studies, Pilates, Gym Instruction ITEC, Workshops, Audition Coaching, optional extra Irish Dancing grades.

What Qualifications Will I Get When I Finish The Course?

QQI Level 5 5M5146 Sports Recreation 
ITEC Fitness instructing (Gym Based) Level 2

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.

Students of Irish Dance Exercise and Fitness can progress onto the BA in Performing Arts (LM026) at the Irish Academy of Music and Dance University Limerick.

Students can progress from this award to Institutes of Technology and Universities, including Dundalk IT, Carlow IT, UCC, Tralee IT, through the Higher Education Links Scheme on obtaining a full Award. See the full list of CAO courses available for progression here.

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   Routes for this Course


Performing troupe, cruise ships (performing and or teaching Irish Dance), fitness instructor, corporate events, event management and workshops. 


1 Year

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

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

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