Strength and Conditioning for Sport – Level 5

Strength and Conditioning for Sport – Level 5

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Strength and Conditioning for Sport Course
QQI Level 5

Successful completion of this course will be the first step towards a career working with sports teams or individuals as a qualified strength and conditioning coach. Specialist courses are provided as an option to achieve ITEC qualifications to industry standard, equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the field of strength and conditioning.

You will spend four days per week in college receiving extensive training in instruction and conditioning techniques. Practical training will take place in our fully equipped gym on campus. On the fifth day, you will be based in an industry setting such as a strength and conditioning facility or a gym where you can enhance your skills and employment opportunities.

Students are encouraged to participate in college sports activities which are generally held on Wednesday afternoons.

Course Coordinator: Rachel Donlon



QQI Subjects:

  • Sport and Exercise
  • Injury Prevention
  • Teamworking
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Sports and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Swimming
  • Work Experience

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


QQI Sport, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146

Additional Certification

ITEC Award in Instructing Strength and Conditioning:

  • Planning a Strength and Conditioning Session
  • Instructing a Strength and Conditioning Session

ITEC Fitness Instructor Award:

  • Planning Gym Based Exercise
  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health
  • Instructing Gym Based Exercise

National Government Bodies Coaching Awards:

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

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
or Leaving Certificate Applied
or 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.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Sports Coaching (Personal Trainer) QQI Level 6 at Inchicore College leads to the valuable ITEC Personal Trainer Award as well as QQI Level 6 Award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise. You may also progress to the BTEC Sports Science Diploma.

QQI 5M5146 Sport, Recreation & Exercise major award leads to many CAO courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme including:

  • TUD, Sports Management and Coaching, Sports and Leisure Management
  • SETU Carlow, Sports Coaching and Business Management
  • TUS Athlone, Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy


Students spend one day a week based in an industry setting such as a strength and conditioning facility or a gym.