Course Code: 5M5146
Students will gain the knowledge base and practical experience required by a health fitness professional in today’s leisure industry. Successful students will be proficient in areas such as screening, fitness testing, programme development, class instruction and the general day to day running of a gym or leisure centre. They will acquire the relevant knowledge in anatomy, physiology and nutrition to ensure they are competent in their delivery of safe and effective fitness programmes.
GCC Student Services Fee of â‚¬175 applies to all learners.
â‚¬200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:
An exam free of â‚¬50 for QQI Level 5 and â‚¬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 centers. Links developed here may benefit the student in their vocational area.
Additional qualifications are available for eligible students and awarded by the following accredited bodies.
ITEC, NCEF, National Sporting Governing Bodies, Galway City Sports Partnership, Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and Sport Ireland.Additional Certification may incur additional fees.
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
The Level 5 Exercise and Fitness course is a brilliant course for anyone who is interested in the fitness industry and becoming a personal trainer. It qualifies you with all the skills needed and an extra higher qualification in the NCEF. I would highly recommend it and it's a great college.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of a career in the health & fitness industry. All tutors are highly experienced and pass on a wealth of knowledge to all students and are more than willing to help in any way throughout the year.They provide constant support and feedback at regular intervals.There is excellent add on courses available to all students like the NCEF the highest standard fitness instructor course in ireland, a national certificate in strength&conditioning which is also the highest recognised short course in strength and conditioning in ireland and a pool lifeguard all on top of your FETAC level 5 award in just one year.
As a mature student returning to education after ten years, I found this course to be a perfect fit for me. With team building events from the start and throughout, it provided a great environment for learning. Each module was covered in a detailed yet fun and practical way making full use of the list of amenities including a gym, sportsfields, computer facilities and also a PLC student cafe. The tutors were knowledgeable and always there for support and advice. I just finished the Exercise, Sport & Nutrition level 5 course and I am looking forward to going back in September for the level 6.