• 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)
    • ITEC Certificate in Exercise to music
  • Duration: One Year


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


  • 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


  • 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 
  • Unit 406 Planning Group Exercise to Music 
  • Unit 407 Instructing Group Exercise to Music

Royal Life Saving Society

Life Guarding

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirments

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.

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Gym Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Sports Coach
  • Aerobic Instruction
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 & performance (LY228)


  • Sports studies & physical education (CK116)

Waterford IT: 

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


  • Professional Trainer and Leisure Management


*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

Charles Batt

Where are they now?

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

"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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