Course Code: 5M5146
This course is designed to give students the training required to work in the sport & leisure industry. Participants develop a high level of knowledge in physical fitness and coaching.
GCC Student Services Fee of €175 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:
An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except
Additional Course Costs €300
Additional certification may incur additional fee
We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on www.inisgov.ie to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact http://www.gretb.ie .
This course provides the student with the opportunity to work with local gyms and leisure centres. Links developed here may benefit the student in their vocational area. Eligible students may also benefit from coaching experience in local schools.
Additional qualifications are available for eligible students and awarded by the following accredited bodies. These include; ITEC, NCEF, National Sporting Governing Bodies, Galway City Sports Partnership, Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and Sport Ireland.
QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.
Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.
By completing the course, students have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 CAO points and can apply to 3rd Level Colleges.
The holder of a QQI level 5 Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Exercise can progress to QQI Level 6 Sport, Recreation and Exercise here in Galway Community College.
Galway Community College have a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MOU) with GMIT. Students who qualify with Sport, Recreation and Exercise Award may gain entry to Sport Science in GMIT https://www.gmit.ie/natural-sciences/bachelor-science-hons-sport-and-exercise-science
Galway Community College are accredited with University of Limerick and can offer the ‘Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness (CEHF) to eligible students, which enables them to progress onto either a diploma/ degree course in UL. https://www.ncef.ie/
For other Higher Education courses, see https://careersportal.ie/courses/cao_fetac_links.php?fetac_code=23&fetac_code1=
More information on Progression https://www.qqi.ie/Publications/Publications/Progression%20Opportunities%20into%20Higher%20Education%20HE
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The Course offered a wide range of activities that helped develop both my social and academic skills. The course also gave me the chance to have my voice heard and share my views, opinions and aspirations. I benefited from doing this course as it helped me improve my fitness both physically & mentally as well as my communication, self-esteem and team working skills.