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Course Content

  • Sport & Recreation Studies
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Basketball Coaching
  • Gaelic Coaching
  • Badminton Coaching
  • Pool Lifeguard Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Communications
  • Work Experience



QQI Level 5 award in Sport, Recreation and Exercise. Basketball Ireland Introductory Coaching Award, GAA Foundation Coaching Award, FAI Kick Start 1 and Irish Water Safety Lifeguard qualifications.


This course also provides common entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.





This is a one year course designed to prepare students for a career in the sports and leisure industry, or provide a pathway to further study. The course aims to encourage students to engage in a range of sports both practically and theoretically

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Cert Applied (LCA), Mature students or applicants with other equivalent qualifications
are welcome to apply.

Progression and Career Options:

Graduates can gain employment as Sports Coaches or Lifeguards. Alternatively students may choose this course as a progression path to a Level 6 award in Sports, Recreation and Exercise in this College or seek to gain entry onto a range of sports related Degree programmes in:

  • UCC
  • WIT
  • IT Sligo
  • IT Carlow
  • IT Tralee
  • DKIT
  • ITB
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Twickenham Liverpool Hope University

sport rec exercise

Student Testimonial:

‘I enjoyed every minute of my time in DIFE. I am now working full-time as a swim and gym instructor. In DIFE I was given every opportunity to succeed. I recommend DIFE as it is an excellent college' - Kerry-Ann (past student)


Drogheda Institute of
Further Education,

The Twenties, Drogheda, Co.Louth.

Phone: 041 9837105
Fax: 041 9841653
Email: dife@lmetb.ie


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