• Code: ED
  • Certification:FAI Kickstart One & Two certificate in Soccer Coaching
    • FAI Refereeing Badge
    • QQI Level 5 Award  in Sport, Recreation and exercise (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;
  • Kinesiology
  • 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)

*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

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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