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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Sports and Leisure Management - Soccer

PLSS Code 370136 | Course Fees: Free | Registration Charge: €50

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This course gives students the academic, physical, technical, tactical & psychological knowledge necessary for the demands as a student athlete with particular emphasis on soccer coaching. In addition it offers a broad introduction to Sport, Exercise and Recreation studies, providing students with the necessary skills to take up employment at entry level in the leisure industry. Students will improve their knowledge, competence and understanding of physical fitness and sport both practically and theoretically. Graduates often progress within the College to one of our QQI Level 6 Sport and Leisure Management courses on offer. Many past students have gained lucrative soccer scholarships to the USA.

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. There will be a personal interview and football assessment (Trial).

What Will I Study?

  • Soccer Coaching 5 & 6
  • Kick Start 1 & 2
  • 4v4 workshop
  • 7v7 workshop
  • Strength and Conditioning workshop
  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • 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 5M5146 NFQ Level 5, FAI, ITEC

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. Many past students have gained lucrative soccer scholarships to the USA.

In addition to progression options within the College to one of our QQI/FETAC Level 6 Sport and Leisure Management programmes, graduates may choose to apply to a range of courses in Technological Universities, including TUD.

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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.

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