Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
Gain an insight into the foundations of sport through the science of nutrition. Discover how to incorporate a scientifically sound diet and a proper nutrition regimen to radically increase the effectiveness of fitness training. This course uncovers how to apply nutrition values to result in greater energy levels while decreasing body fat and an increasing lean mass. Students explore the fundamental core sports components alongside nutrition plus its effects on performance, health, muscle growth, and fat loss.
QQI Level 5
Sports, Recreation and Exercise
One year, full time. Students who are successful in year one may use progression opportunities to higher education.
Leaving Certificate, LCA or equivalent. Biology or Home Economics would be an advantage but not essential. Mature applicants welcome. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
The purpose of this unit is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the nutritional composition of food and the effects of food and nutrition on an individual’s health and personal well-being.
- Sports & Recreation Studies
This provides students with an overview and understanding of the sport, leisure and recreation industry.
- Exercise & Fitness
This practical unit is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to assist in the delivery of safe and appropriate exercise and fitness programmes. Any students who wish to apply for CEHF Fitness Instructors award must achieve a minimum pass grade in exercise and fitness L5.
- Sports Anatomy & Physiology
This subject area provides the learner with an understanding of the working of the human body in sporting contexts.
- Sports Psychology
The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the key psychological factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise. Students will gain knowledge in the areas of imagery, anxiety, arousal, motivation and stress in sport and performance.
- Sports Nutrition
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the concepts and principles underpinning nutrition, energy sources and energy usage within an active living, exercise, sports and or weight management context.
- Sports & Exercise Injury Prevention
Aim of the Programme Module is to teach learners how to prevent injuries during sports and Exercise and how to treat those injuries received through normal and rehabilitation strategies
Communication/presentation and leadership skills are highly valued in the workplace. This unit recognises that the acquisition of these skills is a life-long process, and central to personal, social and professional development.
- Work Experience
This unit provides the student with practical experience in a work environment.
Employment within the leisure and fitness industry
Gyms, health clubs, sporting facilities, weight loss clinics
Supervisor/ manager in food retail outlets, worker/supervisor in food preparation, small food business operators
390 CAO Points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CSN: Personal Training & Leisure Management
- CSN: Coach Education 2
- CIT: Recreation and Leisure Management (BBus) (CRO32)
- UCC: BA Sports Studies & Physical Exercise (CK116)
- LIT: BSc (Hons) Sports Strength and Conditioning (LC422)
- IT Carlow: Sports Science (CW178)
- IT Carlow: Physiology and Health Science (CW106)
- IT Carlow: Strength and Conditioning (CW198)
- IT Tralee: B.Sc. (Hons) Health and Leisure Studies TL871
- Specialist courses in the UK
The college has a large well equipped gymnasium/sports hall facility on site. There are facilities for resistance training, tennis, badminton, indoor hockey, indoor football, volleyball and basketball. It has several playing pitches and a floodlit, all-weather playing surface.