• Code: EB
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
    • ITEC Diploma in Fitness Instruction (600/6665/9)
    • Life Guard Certificate (RLSS)
  • Duration: One Year

Description

This course will provide an initial look into the world of Fitness Instruction, Sports management and Sports Education. Learners will be prepared for work in Sports Complexes, Leisure Centres, Health Clubs and Fitness Training through an integrated syllabus involving the theoretical knowledge of physical fitness and exercise, practical participation, administration and management techniques and various coaching skills. Learners will also be placed in a working environment as well as going on trips to different facilities within the Leisure Industry.

Programme of Study

QQI

  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Leisure Facilities Administration
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Kinesiology 
  • Leisure Facility Operations
  • Strength and Conditioning Sessions


ITEC

  • Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music)
  • Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gymbased Exercise)
  • Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Waterbased Exercise)
  • Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise and Physical Activity for Children)


Royal Life Saving Society

  • Life Guarding


     Components subject to change

Entry Requirments
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview.

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Gym Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Sports Coach
  • Aerobic Instruction
Higher Education Progression*

BIFE:

  • Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning (EC)

Carlow IT:

  • Bachelor of Arts in sport & exercise (CW817);
  • Physiology and health science(CW106);
  • Sports rehabilitation and athletic therapy (CW188);
  • Sports science(CW178);
  • Strength and conditioning (CW198)

IT Blanchardstown:

  • Sports management and coaching (BN111)

Letterkenny:

  • Sports coaching & performance (LY228)

UCC:

  • Sports studies & physical education (CK116)

Waterford IT: 

  • BSC in sports coaching(WD186); 
  • BSC in exercise and fitness(WD125)

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*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator
Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"When I realised I wanted to start a career in the fitness industry I knew the Sport Education and Gym Instruction course at BIFE was the perfect starting point for me. As soon as I started the course I knew I was in great hands. All the lecturerswere brilliant, they had an abundanceof knowledge and a willingness to helpevery student at any time. The subjectson the course are excellent and you will get a great insight into what the fitnessindustry is all about. I found it really interesting and straight away my mindwas racing with all the exciting careerroutes I could take. When I realised I wanted to become a pre and post-natalfitness coach, the lecturers were so kindand supportive and were able to give mewhatever extra information I needed.I am now studying Personal Trainingand Strength and Conditioning at BIFE and loving it. I am also shadowing abrilliant coach within the pre and postnatalfitness industry and I can’t wait to become a great pre and post-natal and kids fitness coach very soon, thanks to allthe help from the lecturers at BIFE. BIFE opens doors to so many career paths, you won’t be disappointed." - Erinn Tobin

"Anyone with a keen interest in fitness and health and wants to pursue a career in the fitness industry, the sport and gym instruction course at BIFE is a perfect starting point. You will learn how to put together and teach gym programmes, all of the different training methods used in the industry and by elite athletes you also get a lifeguard qualification for anyone with personal interest in these areas. For me the course was great. I’ve always had a keen interest in fitness, so this course was highly beneficial to me and my career goals. I found all the lecturers friendly, always willing to help with any problems you might have and are easy to approach. I decided to come back for the second year course in “Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning”. So far I’m really enjoying the course which goes into even more detail. My long term goal is to become a strength and conditioning coach. So by completing the second year it will give all the qualifications I need to progress in my career." - Paul Burton 

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