Course Code: 6M5147
Successful students gain an industry standard in Personal Training and component QQI award in Sports Recreation and Exercise Studies. This qualification will equip learners with the practical experience and knowledge to gain successful employment in the sport and fitness industry.
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
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 .
Students gain invaluable experience working directly with personal trainers and applying the knowledge in a range of population settings.
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.
Successful completion of a QQI Level 5 Award in Sport & Recreation Studies
DSRXX or equivalent
Additional costs may apply for NGB accreditation.
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.
Unit 412 - Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 413 - Nutrition
Unit 414 - Programming
Unit 415 - Delivering personal training sessions
By completing the course, students have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 CAO points and can apply to 3rd Level Colleges.
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
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sports Development Officer
Exercise & fitness level 5 in GCC was a huge stepping stone in my career as a Personal Trainer/ Fitness Instructor. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in the Health and Fitness area. The tutors are highly qualified and experienced in a range of sport related areas. I have currently progressed to level 6 in GCC and intend to achieve higher goals in the fitness industry.