Higher Certificate in Business in Sport and Recreation

Higher Certificate in Business Sport and Recreation

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years

  • 6

    Level

  • 185

    Points

  • AL663

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

This Higher Certificate will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the sport and recreation industries. You will have the opportunity to take further qualifications in sports coaching, fitness instruction and water safety. You will meet leaders from the industry who we invite in to talk to you. In second year, you will take a period of industrial placement. This gives you an opportunity to get experience in the area of the sports and recreation industry that most excites you. Past students have worked with NGB’s, LSP’s, local schools, sports retailing and sports event management companies, just to mention a few.

Students in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure are eligible to take part in annual international fieldtrips. In the last two years we have visited Italy, Spain, France, China and Dubai. Joining us in 2018? Then you could come on our next trip to Dubai, in January 2019.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Apply live case studies to your coursework through the wide links we have with the sport and recreation industries;
  • Visit sport and recreation attractions on regular field visits to learn the latest industry techniques, challenges and opportunities;
  • Have the opportunity to undertake a semester or year of your course at one of AIT’s overseas partner universities. AIT has links with Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland).

Find out more about this course and our facilities by attending one of our regular open days where you can meet teaching staff and current students.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Your specialist knowledge in Sport and Recreation could lead to many different career paths. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Gym Instruction
  • Health and Fitness Promotion
  • General business in sport, recreation and leisure industry
  • Further progression into the BBS in Sport Management

Graduates have found employment in Westmeath Local Sports Partnership, Dublin GAA, Athlone Regional Sports Centre, Sports Retail and various gyms around the country and abroad.

A.I.T is an approved education provider of Exercise Professionals.Students on the Higher Certificate in Business in Sport and Recreation are now eligible for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) as Gym Instructors and Group Fitness Instructors.

Assessment Information

We place a lot of emphasis on student support and so we aim to provide a learning environment that is both stimulating and academically challenging, whilst also supporting your learning. You will encounter a range of teaching methods- from lectures, workshops and seminars to hands on practical therapy sessions and lab exercises. The course is taught by experienced lecturers with a track record of success in many sectors including the sports, hospitality, tourism and spa industries.

How are you assessed?

We appreciate that different students have different learning styles and so we provide a range of assessment approaches to suit everybody. Here are some of the ways we assess your work:

  • mini-projects
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Live client work
  • Examinations
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Essays
  • Portfolio work

Course Details

Course Fees:
Additional qualifications and material fees.
Course Duration:
2 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL663
Cut Off CAO Points:
185
Median CAO Points:
283
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Business
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Department:
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Studies
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade O6 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI (FETAC):

Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable.

Accreditations/Endorsements

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Lecturer Testimonial

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Niamh Foley

These exciting and dynamic courses offer a range of subjects, opportunities and industry specific qualifications to enable students to gain employment across a range of sports, leisure and business industries.

Student Testimonial

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Lorna Kiernan, Sport Management, 2015

"Learning in AIT was so much fun, its not just about the classroom, we went on field trips, experienced real life business problems and applied theory to practice, all of which prepared me for my career in the tourism industry."

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Beijing, 2016

"I throughly enjoyed myself on our Beijing fieldtrip. It was great to meet students from other courses and to learn about our industry in another country. I would recommend these trips to all students!"

Student Testimonial

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure students in Dubai, 2017

"Dubai was an incredible experience for us. It was a place we never thought we would have wanted to visit but now we have a whole new perspective for ourfuture careers! We loved seeing the different culture and learning about the history of Dubai."

Course Structure

Year 1

The first year will introduce you to the main functions of business and provide you with firm foundations of sport and recreation.

Core units in this year include:

Sports Studies 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education

Introduction to Business and Management

Sport Psychology

Sports Administration

Sociology of Sport

Anatomy and Physiology

Wet Facility Management

Computer Applications 1 for the Sports Sector

Sports Coaching 1

Accounting 1 for Sports Sector

In addition students are supported by a Year Tutor.

Year 2

Develop your understanding of the content from year one.

Core units in this year include:

Sports Coaching 2

Lifestyle development

Accounting 2 A for Sport Sector

Facility Management

Human Resource Management and training

Computer Applications 2 for the Sports Sector

Sports Studies 2

Exercise and Fitness

Marketing for the Sport and Recreation sector

Accounting 2 B for Sport Sector

Sport Industry Placement.

Year 3

Students can progress to the 1 year add-on BB Sport Management.

Year 4

Students can progress to the 1 year add-on BB Hons in Management (Sport and Tourism).

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Graduates of this course are likely to find employment in:


  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Gym Instruction
  • Health and Fitness Promotion
  • General business in sport, recreation and leisure industry
  • Further progression into the BBS in Sport Management

Work Placement

Students undertake a compulsory work placement in Year 2 of the programme (between Easter and Summer). AIT assists students in finding the work placement and these can be local, national or overseas.

Further Study

Students can progress from the Higher Certificate to a one year add on ordinary level degree, followed by a further one year Honours degree if they wish. Many students opt to complete all four years to gain a competitive advantage when seeking further employment.

Graduates of the Honours year may progress if they wish to the Master’s of Business Studies in AIT.

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Management in Tourism and Sport

Bachelor of Business (Honours)

Bachelor of Business in Sport Management

Bachelor of Business

Facility Gallery

The Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Hospitality students in the Burj al Arab, Dubai
Training Bar in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
Training Restaurant in the Hospitality Building
HTL Sport Management Students