Sport, Recreation & Exercise

Level 5 Major Award
Code 5M5146

Course Co-ordinator

Emma-Jane Vaughan,

Course content/career opportunities
This is a one year full time QQI level 5 Major Award in Sports, Recreation and Exercise. It is a broad Sports and Leisure course that will enable students to demonstrate and apply a range of skills and knowledge in a variety of Sports and Recreation contexts. Students will acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to assist in the running of a Sports and Leisure facility.

Entry requirements
A pass at Leaving certificate / leaving certificate applied(merit) or equivalent is required.

Course Duration
This is a full time one year course (September-May, Monday- Friday with usual school holidays).

Modules Included:

  • Sports & Recreation
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy
  • Work experience (60 hours to be completed, run on Fridays)
  • Communications
  • ICT (Information & Computer Technology)
  • Coaching Studies (GAA, FAI and IRFU)

Career Opportunities
  • Sports Coaching & Business Management
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Injury Management
  • Gym/Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Recreation & Leisure Management

Higher education
QQI graduates are eligible to apply to Institutes of technology and Universities for follow on courses.

  • Applications now open
  • You can apply online using the following link
  • You will need to contact school office at 045 431417 to get login details
  • Please note application fee applies, this covers administration costs

Interviews will be held in April / May 2023
Applicants will be contacted in due course

Additional information
  • This course is subject to approval by the Department of Education.
  • This course is limited to 24 places
  • All applicants are required to attend a suitability interview and successful applicants are required to complete Garda Vetting forms.
  • A fitness assessment may be required.

Sports & Recreation News


Pictured is Daniel Hanks with his Sport, Recreation and Exercise PLC Tutor Colm Quirke. Daniel brought in his medals from the 2015 World Development Championships, where he won two Gold Medals in the Discus and Javelin events and a Silver in the Shot put. Some of his classmates can be seen working on their Olympic Lifting in the background.

Students completed their GAA Foundation Level Coaching Course as part of their Coaching Studies Module. Johnny Doyle & Tadhg Fennin from Kildare GAA excellently delivered the programme for the students.
Huge thanks to Tadhg & Johnny for taking the time to come in and offer their knowledge and expertise.
Students went to Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre for one of their trips as part of their Adventure Activities Module. They completed a variety of activities which included tackling a high ropes course, zip lining, rock climbing, orienteering, kayaking & archery. It was an action packed day with plenty of challenges, team work, learning and fun. ​
Nov 27
TY Work Experience
Dec 05
3rd Year Parent /Guardian Teacher Meeting
Dec 08
School Closed
Dec 18
Transition Year Portfolio Interviews
Survey on possible school tour for the 2024/2025 school academic year.
Cherry Centre; visit from Newbridge Fire Rescue Service Visit on the 27/11/23
Station road, Newbrige, Co. Kildare.
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