Leisure and Recreation Studies
Note: Course shadowing as part of work experience is available for this course.
This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to pursue a career in the leisure industry. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to deliver one to one training by conducting appropriate fitness assessments and designing safe and effective exercise programmes to the general public (adults 18yrs +) based on their individual needs, whether it be strength training, weight loss, training for an endurance event or general fitness. You can also work as a physical trainer with local groups, club sports teams and corporate fitness and wellness programmes or deliver your own fitness classes. All graduates are awarded the QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation & Exercise.
QQI Level 5
Sports, Recreation & Exercise
Leaving Certificate, L.C.A. or equivalent. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
Functional Martial Arts Foundation
This module is an overview of a mixture of functional martial art styles, with an emphasis on a coaching point of view. In the first term, students will learn the fundamentals of the striking disciplines (boxing and kickboxing), for both competitive full contact training and non-contact fitness training. The grappling disciplines of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling will be covered in the second term. This section will also emphasise self defence, a common request from clients looking to learn martial arts. With a solid base built, the third term will focus on combining all styles into Mixed Martial Arts. No previous martial arts experience is required. Although, all equipment is provided during the class, students must have their own gum shield, as a precaution.
- Sport & Recreation Studies
This provides students with an overview and understanding of the sport, leisure and recreation industry.
- Exercise & Fitness
This subject is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to assist in the delivery of safe and appropriate exercise and fitness programmes.
- Leisure Facility Administration
This will enable the student to work in an administrative capacity in a leisure facility.
- Sports Anatomy & Physiology
This subject area provides the learner with an understanding of the working of the human body in sporting contexts.
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.
- Shallow Water Pool Lifeguarding Skills
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to independently, effectively, efficiently and safely carry out lifeguard activities in a shallow water swimming pool with a depth of up to 1.5 metres in compliance with the current Irish Water Safety Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines, National Pool Lifeguard Manual and Rescue Skills Handbook published by the Irish Water Safety (IWS).
Communication skills are highly valued in the workplace. This subject recognises that the acquisition of these skills is a life-long process, and central to personal, social and professional development.
- Work Experience
This subject provides the student with practical experience in a work environment.
Leisure Attendants, Duty Managers, Leisure Centre Managers, Merchandising, Lifeguard, Professional Coaching.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- CSN: Personal Training & Leisure Management
- CIT: Recreation and Leisure Management (BBus) (CRO32)
- UCC: BA Sports Studies (CK116)
- ITT: Health and Leisure (TL481)
- 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. It has access to a 25 metre swimming pool nearby. Students also use the lecture and computer facilities in the college. Courses are also delivered in the areas of Pool Plant Operations and Assistant Swim Teacher.