• Code: ED
  • Certification:FAI Kickstart One & Two certificate in Soccer Coaching
    • FAI Refereeing Badge
    • QQI Level 5 Award  in Sport & Recreation (5M5146) awarded by QQI
    • ITEC Diploma in Fitness Instruction (600/6665/9)
  • Duration: One Year


The course is designed to prepare both male and female learners for life as a learner athlete. Existing soccer skills will be improved and applicants will also be introduced to a broad range of general coaching skills. Learners that reach the required academic and football standard will have the opportunity to travel to the USA to participate in a tournament in Phoenix Arizona to be considered for a soccer scholarship.

Programme of Study


  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness Nutrition
  • Leisure Facilities Administration
  • Leisure Facility Operations
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Soccer Coaching;
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Kick Start 1; Kick Start 2
  • FAI Referees Badge
  • First Aid


  • Unit 400 Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise
  • Unit 401 Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment
  • Unit 402 Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health
  • Unit 403 Know how to Support Clients who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Unit 404 Planning gym-based exercise
  • Unit 405 Instructing gym-based exercise

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent 
    Leaving Cert. Applied with a merit profile
    Full QQI Level 4 with a merit profile
    Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

    Places are offered following successful interview. Applicants will be requested to complete a personal statement for submission at interview.

    Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Soccer Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
Higher Education Progression*

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)


  • Sports coaching and performance (LY228)


  • Sports studies and physical education (CK116)

Waterford IT:

  • BSC in sports coaching (WD186); 
  • BSC in exercise and fitness (WD125)
Course Co-Ordinator

Charlie Batt

Where are they now?

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

"The help I received to help me attain this course in Soccer Studies & Gym Instruction was immense. I cannot praise the courses or all the tutors enough. On the back of this education and several contacts made from the courses, I have opened up my own Goalkeeping business which has always been my passion. I am currently working with Bray Wanders and that is testament to the education, support and help from BIFE." - Ian Fowler

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