This course can act as a standalone qualification, or it can act as an access course where it can offer you an excellent opportunity to progress to one of our degree link courses. In some cases, advanced entry may be possible.
So if you want to study for a degree in Physiotherapy, Sports Rehabilitation and Therapy, or Sports Science, completing this Diploma in Sports Science at Inchicore College can help you gain direct access to these degree courses.
Reasons to choose Sports Science:
Turn your passion for Fitness into a career at Inchicore College.
Course Coordinator: Karen Parkinson
Subjects Year 1:
Subjects Year 2:
Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.
BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
NCEF (Year 2)
National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness
NCEF CEHF University of Limerick accredited Gym Instructor Qualification
NCEF 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:
(NCEF Certificate from University of Limerick)
Visit www.ncef.ie/fitnessinstructor for more info.
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 who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.
There are four main progression routes into the sports industry to choose from, depending on what are you are interested in. All of the routes are well established and have been tried and tested by previous graduates of this course.
The BTEC Higher National Diploma is recognised in over 110 countries around the world for employment and by higher education institutions as a qualification for advanced entry onto an undergraduate degree.
Graduates can avail of the opportunity to further their education by gaining entry to third level degree courses in many different universities and colleges in Ireland, UK and in Europe.
For example, graduates of this course have progressed on to higher education degrees at:
Learners have gained advanced entry onto the second year of Sports Management at TUD.
Universities may allow advanced entry onto the second or third year of a degree, and agreements can include credit transfer, articulation and case-by-case admission. Learners should be aware that university admission criteria are always subject to change and remain at the discretion of the institution. Learners should take time to understand the course entry requirements for subject, year and grade before applying.
Graduates of this course are very successful at gaining employment in the sport industry. Types of employment include:
If a student progresses to Degree level at a University, the opportunities for employment expand even further to include careers in Sports Therapy, Rehabilitation, Fitness Centre Management, Sports related physiotherapy and Nutrition
“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 SETU Carlow, this is a very popular course at the Institute. On completion of my Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy in SETU Carlow I will be applying to do a postgraduate physiotherapy course in UCD.”
The skills I learned in this sport and exercise course really showed through and helped me secure a part time job.