• Code: ED
  • Certification:FAI Refereeing Badge
    • QQI Level 5 Award  in Sport, Recreation and exercise (5M5146)
  • Duration: One Year


If you want to be a soccer coach or improve your soccer skills, this course if for you.
It will offer you with a pathway to this leisure sector. It also offers the opportunity
to gain professional coaching qualifications for employment in Ireland and abroad
and in particular coaching in the USA. Strength and conditioning components
along with technical skill will be monitored closely as students progress throughout
the course. The syllabus will cover a broad range of theoretical and practical
components designed for the students to advance into higher education. Facilities
include a state of the art gym and a grass soccer pitch on campus. Students will
compete in the various Colleges/Universities cups and leagues throughout the

Programme of Study


• Sport and Recreation Studies
• Exercise and Fitness
• Communications
• Work Experience
• Sports Anatomy & Physiology
• Nutrition
• Team Leadership
• Business Administration
• Soccer Coaching;
• PDP 1; PDP 2
• PDP 3 Youth
• FAI Referees Badge
• First Aid​

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

• 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. 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*


  • Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning

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
Where are they now?

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

"There’s always a different route to college, by Completing the B.I.F.E Soccer and Fitness Instruction course it allowed me to go into Carlow I.Ts Soccer Degree course which I thought I would never get into, and pursue my goal of becoming a soccer coach, the facilities were great alongside the lectures such as Charlie and Eddie who really push you to achieve your best, BIFE enabled me to achieve all
my Goals." - Nathan Feen

"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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