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Sports and Leisure Management – Soccer

Sports, Recreation and Exercise 5M5146 NFQ Level 5


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/FETAC Level 6 Sport and Leisure Management courses on offer. Many past students have gained lucrative soccer scholarships in the USA.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied, or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Personal interview, and
•    Medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in exercise
•    Personal interview and football assessment (Trial)

Principal Area of Study

Sports and Recreation Studies, Exercise and Fitness, ITEC Gym Instruction, Sports Anatomy and Physiology, Sports and Exercise Injury Prevention, Nutrition, Soccer Coaching and Occupational First Aid Communications, Work Experience, Teamworking, Kick Start 1 & 2, 4v4 workshop, 7v7 workshop, Strength and Conditioning workshop.       



Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes also reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieve d in their QQI major award.


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 Institutes of Technology, including DIT.


1 Year

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