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Sports Management and Coaching

Sports and Recreation Studies 5M5146

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Optional Year 2

QQI Level 6 Available

    Sports Science Option Available


    The following modules are subject to change due to availability and demand: 

    • Sports and Recreational Studies
    • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
    • Word Processing
    • Communications
    • Safety and Health at Work
    • Work Experience
    • Nutrition
    • Gaelic Coaching
    • Exercise and Fitness
    • Leisure Facility Administration
    • Sport and Exercise Injury Prevention
    • Kenesiology
    • Body Massage & Figure Analysis

    Supplemental certificates will be offered in GAA, Soccer, Hurling, IRFU and Athletics, subject to demand.


    This one-year course aims to prepare participants for work with people in the sports, coaching, recreation or leisure industries. Sports management and coaching graduates will gain the social, communication and leadership skills to work with individuals and groups in the growing sports coaching and health and fitness areas. Many of the skills acquired will be transferable for use in business or community development settings. Sports Management and Coaching will lay a foundation for these skills and provide the work experience to put learning into practice.

    Students can also opt to specialise in GAA coaching and obtain coaching badges. This programme is ideal for both school leavers and experienced, mature persons seeking a formal education. It will allow graduates to pursue scholarship programmes in Ireland or abroad. By taking science modules, students can claim the science award and apply for Health Science in DCU.



    • QQI Level 5 in Sports, Recreation and Exercise Studies 5M5146
    • Sports coaching certificates in various sporting and fitness areas


    The new Sports Management and Coaching degree course in TU Dublin Blanchardstown will offer graduates a local alternative to advance their studies to honours degree level. Graduates can also access honours sports programmes in TU Dublin City Campus, Dundalk Institute of Technology, UCC, Carlow IT, Letterkenny IT, Tralee IT, Waterford Institute of Technology (or students can access the scholarship programmes in Ireland or the US). Students can progress to PE Teaching via an undergraduate degree at IT Tralee or Cork University and to the Postgraduate Master in PE Teaching at UL. Sports students also have access to the 175 Arts places every year in Maynooth University. The course will give graduates the opportunity to become sports development officers or work in areas like gyms, leisure centres, or sports clubs. The general qualification will lead to careers in the rapidly expanding leisure industry. The Level 5 qualification can lead to certificate or degree courses in Sports or indeed Business, Computers, etc. in many IT colleges and universities throughout the country, as well as pursuing a QQI Level 6 in Sports or Leisure Management courses in various colleges of further education.


    • Leaving Cert or LCA
    • Mature students of all backgrounds
    • Other equivalent qualification

    All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

    Apply directly using the button below.


    TU Dublin Blanchardstown: TU935 Sport Management and Coaching
    (Level 8, 4 Years)

    UCC: CK116 Sports Studies and Physical Education (Level 8, 4 Years)

    Thurles: LC422 Sports Strength and Conditioning (Level8, 4 Years)

    Carlow IT: CW858 Sports Management and GAA Coaching (Level 8, 4 Years)

    TU Dublin City Campus: TU955 Sports and Leisure Management


    For information on fees, please see our Fees page