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Sports Science and Coaching Full Time

Course Type: PLC and Further Education
Institute Name: Portobello Institute
Fee: on request
Duration: 1 Academic Year
Course Locations: Dublin City Centre
Application Deadline: Course Runs Regularly

Course Details

This sports science, coaching and fitness course is a full time comprehensive sports course designed to prepare students for a career in the leisure industry or to provide a pathway to further study.The course covers aspects of Sports Science which covers the scientific aspects of sport and exercise on human performance, endurance and capability. It is also an ideal course for those wishing to pursue a career in a professional coaching as it will equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills to bring out the best in any athlete. The increased public interest in health and fitness has lead to a growing demand for the people with the technical and practical skills necessary to give specialised advice and training to those looking to continually improve their performance. This course aims to encourage students to engage in a broad area of study in both academic and practical areas.

Qualifications Gained

FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Sports and Recreation (DSRXX)

*National Pool Lifeguard (Irish Water Safety) (optional)

Coaching Awards (depending on elective chosen)

Entry Requirements

Entry is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to full time courses are interview based.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Course Content Modules

Health Related Fitness

Sports and Recreation Studies


Work Experience

Exercise and Fitness


Anatomy and Physiology

Occupational First Aid


Electives- Choose x 2

Soccer; Kick Start 1 (F.A.I)

Gaelic Football Level 1 (G.A.A)

Certificate in Basketball

Certificate in Rugby

Career Opportunities

Successful candidates of this course can enjoy a range of careers in the sport and fitness industry including;

Sports Coaching, Life-guarding, Leisure Assistant, Gym Instructor, Activities Co-ordinator, Manager in a Sports/Fitness Centre

Progression Routes

For those that wish to continue their studies to a degree level, can progress onto our BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Physical Education (full and part time options available) subject to achieving minimum of 4 credits across 8 modules; one must be anatomy and physiology. Students may also decide to specialise in a particular area of interest for e.g. our Sports Psychology part time evening course.

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