Sport and Exercise Science Diploma Level 6+

Sport and Exercise Science Diploma Level 6+

2 Years Full Time Course
QQI Level 6+ equivalence

The skills I learned in the course really showed through and helped me secure a part time job.

About The Course

Inchicore College has invested in its sports facilities in order to provide the student with the best quality educational experience. We have a highly qualified team of specialists in; Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, P.E. and Gym Instruction, Field Based Testing and Health and Rehabilitation.

This is a full-time course with a two week work placement in both years. Students may gain employment in any gym or leisure facility. They may set up their own business as a trainer. They could gain employment in sports clubs.

Students may also undertake the NCEF qualification in gym instruction. This course will give the student an in-depth knowledge of elements of Sport, Exercise, Rehabilitation, Sport Injuries, Strength and Conditioning, and Anatomy and Physiology from a science perspective.

After two years, students could graduate with a BTEC Higher Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science and a QQI Level 5 in Sport Recreation and Exercise, and the NCEF Certificate in Gym Instruction.

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Subjects Year 1:

  • Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Professional Skills
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health
  • Training, Fitness, Testing
  • Biomechanics
  • Injury Prevention

Subjects Year 2:

  • Exercise Prescription
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Psychology for Performance
  • Strength & Conditioning for
  • Coaching
  • Sport Rehabilitation
  • Biochemistry of Exercise

QQI Modules Include:

  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

QQI Sport Recreation and Exercise 5M5146

NCEF: Year 2

Additional Certification

  • NCEF CEHF University of Limerick accredited Gym Instructor Qualification
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 4 subjects plus at least one O2/H6. Subjects must include English.
QQI Level 5 Award with a Merit profile in a related discipline.
Equivalent qualifications will be considered

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.


All applicants will be interviewed.

Progression Opportunities and Career Prospects

Progression Opportunities

Our students graduate with opportunities for further education in three main areas: physiotherapy; sports science; and sports injuries and athletic therapy.

Our graduates have progressed on to higher education degrees at:

  • Physiotherapy at Hanze University, Groningen, Amsterdam
  • Physiotherapy at Eindhoven, Amsterdam
  • Sports Injuries and Athletic Therapy at I.T., Carlow
  • Sports Science at I.T., Tallaght.
  • P.E. at St. Mary’s, Strawberry Hill, London

Students have gained advanced entry onto the second year of Sports Management at I.T. Blanchardstown.

Career Prospects

Our graduates will have an industry ready NCEF qualification in gym instruction and specialist training in the area of strength and conditioning. Past students have set up their own business directly after graduating as a:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Coach or Instructor
  • Gym Instructor
  • Consultant for Sports Performance
  • Personal Trainer
Graduate Profile

Louise Gibbons

“While in Inchicore I became a more confident person and learned to believe in my abilities. The staff were very approachable and didn’t mind taking that extra bit of their own time to help me out and keep me on track. I got to take part in a work placement at a physiotherapy clinic. The skills I learned in the course really showed through and helped me secure a part-time job in the clinic.

Currently I am in my second year of Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy at IT Carlow, this is a very popular course at the Institute. On completion of my Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy in IT Carlow I will be applying to do a postgraduate physiotherapy course in UCD.”

Louise Gibbons