This is designed as a follow-on course from the level 5 course in Sports Coaching and Leisure Management (Year 1) available at Cavan Institute (and elsewhere).

Sports Development with Personal Training Year 2

Course Fees


This one-year Sports Development with Personal Training (Year 2) course is designed to prepare students for a career at a supervisory level in the leisure industry, sports coaching or as a pathway for further study. Students will also have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications in gym instruction.

About This Course

Course Content

Planning Gym-Based Exercise

Health Promotion

Sports Nutrition

Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

Business Administration

Skills Soccer Coaching 

Team Leadership

Gaelic Football Coaching

Sports Industry Practice

Exercise and Fitness

Work Experience 

Entry Requirements

QQI level 5 award in Sports, Recreation and Exercise (or equivalent). Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet this entry requirement but can demonstrate industry experience.

Further Study

Graduates of this course in Sports Development with Personal Training (Year 2) are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to 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 Development with Personal Training (Year 2) have found employment in a supervisory capacity in the leisure and sports sectors, including fitness centres, gyms, hotels and leisure clubs, swimming complexes and in the coaching area.


QQI Level 6 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise.

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise)

ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Instructing Strength and Conditioning

GAA Award 1 (second award on the coaching pathway for Gaelic Games)

Coach Education Course

FAI Player Development Plan 2