Sport and Fitness Management Diploma Level 6+

Sport and Fitness Management Diploma Level 6+

2 Years Full Time Course
QQI Level 6+ equivalence

The course literally sets you up for employment in the leisure industry once you walk out the door.

About The Course

This course, which is validated by Pearson (BTEC) at Higher National Diploma (HND) level and by QQI at Level 5, prepares you for employment in the sport and leisure management industry.

Graduates of the course gain employment as fitness instructors, leisure attendants, lifeguards and sports development officers. Graduates also progress to degree level in the area of leisure management and physical education. Indeed many of our students progress to the second year of the Leisure Management degree course in DIT each year and there are similar progression opportunities in many other Institutes of Technology throughout Ireland.

Work experience forms an important part of the course and students must complete two three-week placements over the two years of the course.

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Subjects Year 1:

  • The Sport and Leisure Industry
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Wellbeing
  • Marketing Principles
  • Managing Resources in Sport and Leisure Management
  • Physical Education
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Leisure Facility Operations
  • Communications
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Personal Water Safety

Subjects Year 2:

  • Operating and Managing a Sport and Leisure Facility
  • Law and Sport and Leisure Operations
  • Event Management in Sport and Leisure
  • Customer Service
  • Small Business Enterprise
  • Work-Based Experience
  • Managing in the Health and Fitness Industry
  • Managing Sports Development
  • Functional Exercise Physiology
  • Deep Water Pool Life Guarding Skills
  • Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport (Leisure Management)

QQI Sports, Recreation and Exercise 5M5146

Additional Certification

  • IWS Deep Water Pool Life Guarding
  • NCEF Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness
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: in a related discipline with a Merit profile.

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 Employment Prospects

Graduates of this course have been very successful in gaining employment in the leisure industry both in Ireland and abroad.

Examples of places of employment include:

Sports Halls, Swimming Pools, Leisure Centres, Hotel Leisure Facilities, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Schools, Sales and Marketing and Sports Retail Outlets.

Successful graduates have also availed of the opportunity to further their education by gaining entry to third level degree courses in many different universities and colleges in Ireland and the UK. Students have followed degree courses in: Leisure Management, Physical Education and Sports Science.

Graduate Profile

Orlaith White

“The tutors are professional, experienced and honest! The course literally sets you up for employment in the leisure industry once you walk out the door. It’s very rare to get that in a course nowadays.

While applying to gyms for this internship, Osprey Leisure Club hired me as a Fitness Professional as I had already completed NCEF, Lifeguard Level 2 & Occupational First Aid through Inchicore College.

The decision of going to Inchicore was one of my best life decisions. The friends you make at ICFE will be for life and you won’t fully appreciate the experience until you’ve left! So enjoy every minute.”

Orlaith White