This Sports Coaching and Leisure Management (Year 1) course is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in sports, health and fitness.

Sports Coaching and Leisure Management Year 1


Course Fees


This course is specifically aimed at those interested in coaching or gym instruction. Students will gain practical and theoretical skills necessary for working in the leisure industry. Students will be required to complete a number of coaching sessions throughout the year as well as 10 days' work experience in an appropriate sports-related work environment. Students have the opportunity during this Sports Coaching and Leisure Management (Year 1) course to complete the following awards: Gaelic Athletic Association Foundation Course Level 1, Football Association of Ireland Player Development Plan 1,as well as the RLSA Pool Lifeguard course.

About This Course

Course Content


Sport and Recreation Studies


Adventure Activities

Sports Anatomy and Physiology

Word Processing

Exercise and Fitness

Soccer Coaching

Gaelic Football Coaching

Work Experience

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute:

Graduates of this course in Sports Coaching and Leisure Management (Year 1) may progress to a level 6 course in Sports Development with Personal Training (Year 2) available at Cavan Institute.


Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course in Sports Coaching and Leisure Management (Year 1) have found employment in the leisure and sports sectors, including fitness centres, gyms, hotels and leisure clubs, swimming complexes and in the coaching area.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise.

ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction

RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

GAA Foundation Course Level 1(introductory award for coaches of Gaelic Games)

FAI Player Development Plan 1

Safeguarding 1- Child Welfare and Protection Basic Awareness Course