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Sports - Recreation & Exercise

PLC Post Leaving Cert

Our Sport, Recreation & Exercise course is ideal for anyone with an interest in sports, and will prepare you to progress to a wide range of sport-related Higher Education courses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete additional certification in coaching and fitness training. We’re linked with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and you will have opportunities to further your skills and coaching abilities in a range of team sports.

Award Name Certificate at UK Level 2
NFQ Classification
Awarding Body International Therapy Examination Council
NFQ Level
Award Name Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 5 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Certificate at UK Level 2 International Therapy Examination Council
Level 5 Certificate (Level 5 NFQ) Major QQI Level 5 NFQ
Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider


1 Year

Entry Requirements

The basic entry requirement to all Level 5 courses is as follows:

•Over 18 years of age and/or successful completion of the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent international qualification)

•Successful completion of a Level 4 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

The basic entry requirement to all Level 6 courses is as follows:

•Successful completion of a related Level 5 major award
(or equivalent international qualification)

Some programmes may require specific subjects, or skills.

If you have completed a Level 5 course and wish to study at Level 6, please remember that you need to complete a new application.

Our teachers will assess if the course is the right option for you at an interview. All reasonable efforts are made to facilitate diversity and to support learners with additional needs. See the section Open Learning and Students with Additional Needs for more information.

Mature applicants who don’t meet the minimum entry requirements, but who have acquired skills or experience, are welcome to apply, and we make sure the course is suitable at an interview.

Students aged between 18 and 23 years who do not have the minimum entry requirement or RPL will be referred to career guidance.

Garda Vetting (Clearance)

Garda Vetting (police / criminal records clearance) is a requirement on courses where students have access to children or vulnerable adults. Students must be vetted for clearance by the Gardaí prior to attending work experience. It is your responsibility to obtain Garda Vetting Clearance / criminal records clearance.

Students who have lived outside the jurisdiction of Ireland /Northern Ireland, and for whom Garda vetting / clearance is unavailable, are required to provide verifiable evidence of criminal records clearance from the relevant police authorities.

We will provide you with information about making an application for clearance, but it is your responsibility to complete any necessary application and to obtain clearance. If you are offered a place on a course, you will be issued with information at registration.

Careers / Further progression

Progress to further study and careers including:

Strength and Conditioning Trainer
Sports Management
Sports Clubs Assistant
Sports Development Offices
Gym Instructor
Leisure Centres Assistant
Hotel Leisure Assistant

QQI FET Links to CAO Courses

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Further information

These means-tested maintenance grants are available to eligible students attending approved full-time courses of further education, in approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) centres.

Applications are made online to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through

You will be invited to an interview – this is to make sure that you’ve made the right choice!

Applications are now open for September 2024

You will study the theory of Sport and Recreation, fitness, nutrition and a range of team coaching awards. You will study the theory required to gain an understanding of the various elements of the sport and fitness industry. This combination of practical and knowledge study will support you to access a range of career opportunities. You can progress to Higher Education courses, or directly to work.

What Makes This Course Special

Internationally recognised qualifications
Highly experienced sports and fitness team
High-level fitness skills training
Professional practice education
Outstanding facilities
Excellent progression routes

Course Content

Sports and Recreation Studies
Soccer Coaching
GAA Coaching
Rugby Coaching
Work Experience
Sports Anatomy and Physiology
Exercise and Fitness
ITEC Gym Based Fitness Instruction

5M5146 - Sport and Recreation


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise 5M5146
ITEC L2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) ISP2C5
VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Sport and Fitness Sessions IP2A5
GAA Coaching Award – Foundation Level
Sport Ireland – Child Safeguarding Level 1
FAI – Kickstart Soccer Coaching

PLSS Code: 415759

Coordinator:Mary Walsh

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.

Phone: 059 913 4230 Email: Email: Web:

Alternate Provider:
Carlow Town
Attendance Options:
Full time
Apply to:
Course provider