Sport and Fitness Management Diploma Level 6+

Sport and Fitness Management Diploma Level 6+

With NCEF Certificate from University of Limerick

About The Course

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

If you want to work in the Sport and Leisure Management industry then this is the course for you.

You will complete a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Sport (Leisure Management) which will start you on the road to being a Manager of a Sports facility.

You will also have the opportunity to become a fully qualified Fitness Instructor and Pool Lifeguard which will allow you to work as a fitness instructor, lifeguard, leisure attendant or sports development officer.

Students from Inchicore College regularly progress to degree level courses in the area of sport management including DIT. It is possible to progress to the second year of the Leisure Management degree course in DIT 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 complete two three-week placements over the two years of the course.

Course Director: Eamon McGinley

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Subjects Year 1:

  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
  • The Sport Landscape
  • Project Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Operation Management & Leadership
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Technology in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise for Specific Groups
  • QQI Subjects:
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Personal Water Safety

Subjects Year 2:

  • Research Project
  • Entrepreneurism in Sport
  • Leisure Management & Leadership
  • Event Management
  • Work Experience
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Deep Water Pool Life Guarding Skills

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
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)

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.
or 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.

Applicant Information Meeting

All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Graduates of this course are very successful at gaining employment in the sport industry. Types of employment include:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Pool Lifeguard
  • Leisure Attendant
  • Sports Development Officer

Graduates also avail of the opportunity to further their education by gaining entry to third level degree courses in many different universities and colleges in Ireland and in the UK.

Students have followed degree courses in:

  • Leisure Management
  • Physical Education
  • Event Management
  • Business Management
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


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