• Code: ED
  • Certification:

    FAI PDP1, PDP2 & PDP3 Youth certificate in Soccer Coaching
    QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation and exercise (5M5146) ITEC Certificate in Fitness instructing (Gym Based Instruction) (603/4483/0)

  • Duration: One Year


Study for a career in football and train everyday. We offer the opportunity to get PDP1, PDP2, PDP3 and ITEC gym qualification.

  • Train
  • Play
  • Coach
  • Study

The course is designed to prepare both male and female learners for life as a learner athlete. The course offers pathways into higher education and the football and fitness industries. Existing football skills will be improved and applicants will also be introduced to a broad range of general coaching skills through the PDP1, PDP2 and PDP3 coaching programmes. The associated PDP coaching badges present employment as football coach and referee in Ireland. This course will also provide an initial look into the world of Fitness Instruction. Learners will be prepared for work in Sports Complexes, Leisure Centres, Health Clubs and Fitness. Participants of this course will attain a range of recognised professional qualifications (QQI and ITEC) that assist entry to Higher Education institutes in Ireland and present employment opportunities in the Sports and Fitness industry both in Ireland and Globally.

DanielPast student from this course who currently plays for Leage of Ireland team Bray Wanderers, Daniel Blackbyrne

Programme of Study


PDP 1; PDP 2PDP 3 Youth

Youth Refereeing Badge (Optional)

First Aid


Sport and Recreation Studies

Exercise and Fitness


Work Experience

Sports Anatomy & Physiology

Sports Psychology


Team Leadership

Business Administration

Soccer Coaching

First Aid

PDP 1; PDP 2

PDP 3 Youth

 FAI Referees Badge


Certificate in Fitness instructing (Gym Based Instruction) 603/4483/0

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

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

Examples of potential courses include:

Personal Trainer, Strength &

• Carlow IT:

Physiology and health science (CW106)

Sports rehabilitation and athletic therapy (CW188)

Strength and conditioning (CW148)

Sport and Exercise Science (CW138)

• TU Dublin:

Sports management and coaching (TU735 & TU935)

Sports & Exercise (LY228)

Sports & Exercise (LY206)

• UCC:
Sports studies & physical education (CK116)

Waterford IT:

BSc in sports coaching (WD186)

Exercise Science Common Entry (WD006)

Health and Exercise Science (WD006)

BBus (H) in Recreation & Sport Management (WD212)

Course Co-Ordinator

Ross Lee

Where are they now?

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

"I spent two years in BIFE, in these 2 years I got my soccer/gym instruction and personal training qualifications. The help and support I received from the lecturers was amazing, they make everything as easy as they can in order for you to succeed. I feel like some of the things I learnt here has helped to further my football career as I am playing for Bray Wanderers" - Daniel Blackbyrne

"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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