• Code: EC
  • Certification:QQI level 6 award in Sports, Recreation & Exercise (6M5147)
    • ITEC diploma in Personal Training (Gym-Based Exercise) (601/1894/5) NFQ Level 5 
  • Duration: One Year

Description

This course will provide a more in-depth look at strength and conditioning and exercise education. Physical Education and the Fitness Industry continues to be one of the largest growing industries in Ireland. The course is designed for learners to achieve a higher level of certification for personal training employment or to continue on to higher education at a more advanced level.

Programme of Study

QQI


• Sports Industry Practice
• Customer Service
• Work Experience
• Marketing Communications
• Sports Nutrition
• Sports Psychology
• Exercise and Fitness
• Personal and Professional Development


ITEC Personal Trainer


• ITEC diploma in personal training
(Gym Based exercise) 603/4495/7


ITEC Instructing Strength and Conditioning Sessions


• Strength and Conditioning practice and support sessions with experts in a local Fitness Centre


Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

Full QQI Level 5 sports related award

ITEC gym instruction diploma

Mature Applicants with industry experience

Places are offered following successful interview.

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Centre Management
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:


Carlow IT:
BA (Hons) Sports Management and Coaching L8 (CW858)
Higher Certificate in Science - Physiology and Health Science L6 (CW106)
BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy L8 (CW188)
Bsc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science L8 (CW138)
Bsc (Hons) Strength and conditioning L8 (CW148)


Technological University Dublin:
BA Sports management and coaching L7 (TU735)
BA (Hons) Sports management and coaching L8 (TU935)
BSc (Hons) Sports Science & Health L8 (TU936)


Dundalk IT:
BA Sports Exercise & Enterprise L7 (DK763) - advancement into second year of course.


• UCC:
BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education (CK125)


Waterford IT:
BSc in sports coaching (WD186)
Health Sciences ( WD005)
Exercise Sciences ( WD006)
BBus in Recreation and Sport Management (WD019)
BSc in Sports coaching and performance (WD186)
BSc in Applied Health (WD188)
Bbus in recration and sport management (WD212)

Course Co-Ordinator

Emma Jayne Corcoran

Where are they now?

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

"Being a past student of BIFE I have went on to achieve my honours degree in Sport & Exercise Sciences from the University of Limerick (UL). The skills and knowledge I received from the tutors during my time in BIFE had helped tremendously in attaining my degree. Having relatively small class sizes, great facilities and highly knowledgeable tutors in their field was perfection towards my learning. Undertaking this course will equipped you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in the health and fitness industry and make a difference for your future clients. I cannot speak highly enough about this course and would highly recommend." - Philip Maher

"I decided to return to education as a mature student. My time spent at BIFE was inspirational. I am currently studying for a degree in strength and conditioning in Carlow IT. But for my time in BIFE I would have never had the drive or confidence to attempt a degree. My work placement during the course secured my current position as a personal trainer. BIFE was a great stepping stone in my career. I met and made some lifelong friends and contacts from my time there. I highly recommend to anyone looking to return to education that BIFE would be the place to start, I truly believe if it wasn’t for the lecturers and staff at BIFE, I wouldn’t be where I am today in life." -  Mathew Dunbar

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