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Sports Science (BTEC HND Sports & Exercise Science Level 6+)

With NCEF Certificate from University of Limerick

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Sport and Exercise Science Course
QQI Level 6+ equivalence
Course Fees: €500

If you see yourself helping athletes on a sports pitch, testing athletes’ fitness in a lab, or giving physiotherapy to a patient in hospital, then this is the course for you.

Do you want to gain access to a third level degree in Physiotherapy, Sports Rehabilitation and Therapy, or Sports Science? Completing this Diploma in Sports Science can help you gain direct access to these degree courses.

Perhaps you would like to be a gym instructor or a strength and conditioning coach. With qualifications such as the NCEF Certificate in Gym Instruction as an optional extra in the second year of study, you can become even more employable.

We have a highly qualified team of specialists in physiotherapy, rehabilitation, P.E. and gym instruction, field-based testing and health, rehabilitation and sports science.

This is a full-time course with a two week work placement in both years.

Course Director: Karen Parkinson

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Subjects Year 1:

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

Subjects Year 2:

  • Research Methods
  • Sport & Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Technology for Sport
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Psychology for Performance
  • Strength & Conditioning for Coaching
  • Sport Rehabilitation
  • Biochemistry of Exercise

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

NCEF: Year 2

Additional Certification

  • NCEF CEHF University of Limerick accredited Gym Instructor Qualification

NCEFNCEF Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness

The Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness accredited by the University of Limerick qualifies you to supervise and instruct on the gym floor including cardio, machine weights and free weight.

You will also be qualified to teach group exercise classes in:

  • Circuit Training
  • Body Conditioning
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Studio Fitness, Exercise to Music
  • Step Training
  • Resistance Training

(NCEF Certificate from University of Limerick)

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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.

Applicant Information Meeting

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

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


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