• Code: EA 
  • Certification:QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)
    • ITEC Certificate in Fitness instructing
      (Exercise to Music) 603/4481/7
    • ITEC Certificate in Fitness instructing
      (Gym Based Instruction) 603/4483/0
    • Life Guard Certificate (RLSS)

      REPS small     
       Reps Ireland (professional register of exercise professional) accredited 
  • 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 have the opportunity to acquire a range of skills which will prepare them for a career in coaching, fitness instruction and sports related fields. Learners will also be placed in a working environment as well as going on trips to different facilities within the Leisure Industry. There are opportunities for our
sports students to travel abroad with our Erasmus programme.

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


  • Certificate in Fitness instructing (Exercise to Music) 603/4481/7
  • Certificate in Fitness instructing (Gym Based Instruction) 603/4483/0

Royal Life Saving Society

  • Life Guarding

Components subject to change

Entry Requirments

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

Places are offered following successful interview. Garda vetting may be necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Gym Instructor
  • Lifeguard
  • Sports Coach
  • Aerobic Instruction
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:


  • Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning (EC)

SETU South Eastern Technological University (Carlow Campus)

  • BA in Sport & Exercise Science(SE905)
  • Physiology and Health Science (SE936)
  • Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (SE901)
  • Strength and Conditioning( SE903)
  • Sport, Business and Coaching (SE9320)
  • (H)Sport, Business and Coaching (SE910)

TU Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus):

  • BA Sports Management and Coaching (TU735)
  • BA (H)Sports Management and Coaching (TU935)

TU Dublin (Tallaght Campus):

  • BSC Sports Science and Health (TU736)
  • BSC Sports Studies (TU737)

TU Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • BSC Sports and Leisure Management (YU955)

Atlantic Technical University (Letterkenny Campus):

  • BSC Sport and Exercise (AU322)
  • BSC Sport and Exercise with Physical Education (AU320)


  • Sports Studies & Physical Education (CK116)

SETU South East Technological University (Waterford Campus):

  • BSc in Sports Coaching (SE904)
  • BSC Sport and Exercise Science (SE902)
  • BBus in Recreation & Sport Mgmt (SE933))
  • BBus (H) in Recreation & Sport Management (SE906)

*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

Jennifer Campbell

Where are they now?

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

camille sweeney"I made the decision to return to education at BIFE as a result of a drastic lifestyle change. Over the past two years I have strived to improve my health and fitness. Having gained a new appreciation for life I wanted to be able to pass my experience on and help others through coaching. The Personal Training course at BIFE would allow me to gain a qualification in this field. The college provides a welcoming and inclusive learning enviroment. The education and skills I learned through the course has given me the knowledge and confidence I need in entering this field. The support of the tutors and fellow students is second to none, always on hand to help when needed. I would highly recommend the course to anyone with an interest in the health and fitness industry" - Camille Sweeney

"When I realised I wanted to start a career in the fitness industry I knew the Sport Education and Gym Instruction course at BIFE was the perfect starting point for me. As soon as I started the course I knew I was in great hands. All the lecturerswere brilliant, they had an abundanceof knowledge and a willingness to helpevery student at any time. The subjectson the course are excellent and you will get a great insight into what the fitnessindustry is all about. I found it really interesting and straight away my mindwas racing with all the exciting careerroutes I could take. When I realised I wanted to become a pre and post-natalfitness coach, the lecturers were so kindand supportive and were able to give mewhatever extra information I needed.I am now studying Personal Trainingand Strength and Conditioning at BIFE and loving it. I am also shadowing abrilliant coach within the pre and postnatalfitness industry and I can’t wait to become a great pre and post-natal and kids fitness coach very soon, thanks to allthe help from the lecturers at BIFE. BIFE opens doors to so many career paths, you won’t be disappointed." - Erinn Tobin

"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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