Sports Coaching (Gym Based Instructor) - Level 5

Sports Coaching (Gym Based Instructor) – Level 5

1 Year Full Time Course
QQI Level 5

Our coaching awards in GAA and Soccer, along with our extensive work experience programme, will give you the confidence needed to succeed in this industry.

About The Course

Do you want a job in the fitness industry? Enrolling on this one year course could be the first step towards achieving that goal.

During this course, the student will have an option to enrol on a number of industry based qualifications. It also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable sports coaching awards with the FAI, GAA and Volleyball Association of Ireland.

Students typically spend four days a week in college, where the theory and practical elements of the course are covered with students receiving extensive training in instruction techniques. On the fifth day, the student will be based in an industry setting such as gyms or leisure centres.

Students are encouraged to participate in college sports activities which are generally held on Wednesday afternoons with life saving classes in a local pool.

Inchicore College has been pioneering the way forward in the area of Sports Science and Sport and Leisure Management since the 1980s.

We are constantly adapting our courses in line with market needs and industry demands.

We have a gym with modern equipment, TRX and spinning, a sports hall with competition size basketball court, 4 badminton courts, a maple sprung floor, an exercise to music studio with mirrored walls and sprung floor with wired sound system.

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QQI subjects:

  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Work Experience
  • Leisure facility administration
  • Communications
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Word Processing
  • Swimming

Additional Certification:

ITEC Gym Based Instructor Award is completed on the Level 5 course:

  • Health, Safety And Welfare In A Fitness Environment
  • Principles Of Exercise, Fitness And Health
  • Know How To Support Clients Who Take Part In Exercise And Physical Activity

National Government Bodies Coaching Awards:

  • FAI: Kick Start 1 and Kick Start 2
  • GAA: Foundation Coaching Award


The ITEC Personal Trainer Award is completed in year 2 on the Level 6 course.

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Sport, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted

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

Progression Opportunities

Sports Coaching (Personal Trainer) Level 6 at Inchicore College.

This route will give students the opportunity to achieve the valuable ITEC Personal Trainer Award as well as QQI Level 6 certification. See steps opposite. Students may also progress to the Higher National Diplomas that are offered at Inchicore College of Further Education.

Students may also avail of the Higher Education Links Scheme to access courses in many Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Employment Prospects

Options for graduates from this course include: Working with National Governing Bodies, Sport Development Officers and opportunities to work in leisure centres as Gym Instructors.