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Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

Sports Coaching

Course Code: 5M5146

QQI Level 5

Course Details

Award Title QQI Level Status
Sport & Recreation 5 Open - Apply Now

Course Outline

This course is designed to give the student the training required to service the sport & leisure industry. Participants develop a high level of knowledge in physical fitness, coaching and team management. On Successful completion of Level 5 course, students are eligible to apply for The Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (Level 6 CEHF)


GCC Registration Fee of €250 applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam free of €50 for QQI Level 5 and €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on 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 .

Sports Course Costs - €300

An additional €300 is payable by all students accepted onto the Level 5 course. 

This Payment includes:

  • Course Manual
  • College Sports Top
  • Safeguarding and Code of Ethics Course
  • FAI Kickstart Course
  • SAQ -  Speed Agility and Quickness Course
  • Basketball Ireland Coaching Badge
  • Pool Lifeguard Qualification  / Swim Lessons
  • Outdoor Pursuits Trip
  • First Aid

Work Experience

Work experience takes place throughout the academic year in a variety of centres and enterprises offering sport and recreation activities.

Special Features

This course provides the student with the opportunity to work with local gyms and leisure centres. Students will gain experience in the areas of fitness testing, programme development, class instruction, health and safety and the general day to day running of a gym or leisure centre. Links developed here may benefit the student in their vocational area.

Students also benefit from participation in a wide range of sporting activities during the year including soccer blitz, sports day, hill walking, sea kayaking and other outdoor recreation activities.

ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instruction / NCEF Certificate in Exercise and Exercise Fitness  (CEHF)

These courses are available for an additional cost dependent on student numbers and attainment.  

Students must have completed all course requirements and have a minimum attendance to be eligible to apply.

Entry Requirements

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.

Please Note

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.

Course Modules

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Topics include anatomy and physiology, class instruction, healthy lifestyle and wellness, circuits, exercise to music, step aerobics, flexibility and body conditioning
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the technical, tactical and team knowledge and skills to coach children, youths and adults in football /hurling.
Topics covered include components of a balanced diet and sports specific nutrition.
Basic First aid, CPR and AED training included.
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competency in technical, tactical and physical aspects of the game of soccer. The learner will be enabled to deliver coaching sessions under appropriate supervision to participants between the ages of 6 and 12.
This programme module aims to equip the learner with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and how it is relavent to participation in sports and exercise
Topics include issues in sport such as history of sport, gender, equality, drugs, media, sponsorship. Practical element covers circuit training, resistance training and body conditioning classes
This programme module aims to provide a Learner with the personal knowledge, skills and capacity to participate in a suitable work placement under supervision for a limited time. It will also facilitate the learner to develop an understanding of the world of work and employment, Including the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee.

Progression Routes

Sport & Recreation - AIT
Diploma in Exercise and health fitness (DEHF) - University of Limerick
Health and Physiology - Sligo IT
Outdoor Pursuits - GMIT - Castlebar
Degree in Strength and Conditioning - Limerick IT
Exercise and Health Sciences - Waterford IT
Sports Science - GMIT
There is an agreement between GCC and GMIT that allows two of our most successful students direct access to the Sports Science Course

Career Opportunities

Fitness Instructor
Pool Life Guard
Sports Coach

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Course Coordinator

Susie Cunningham

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