Higher Certificate in Business Sport and Recreation

Higher Certificate in Business in Sport and Recreation

Course Overview

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  • US613

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The key role of sport, leisure and tourism within Irish society and the Irish economy has led to the development of this two-year, full-time higher certificate course which aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for successful careers in a wide range of tourism, leisure, business, and sports-related activities. In the delivery of the programme emphasis is placed on technical skills. It is envisaged that Higher Certificate holders will be eligible to seek employment in areas such as sport and recreation development/administration, sports coaching, health and fitness promotion, tourism and general business.

Students in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure are eligible to take part in annual international fieldtrips which have included destinations, such as Italy, Spain, France, China and Dubai.

Programme Contact - Joe Tierney Phone: +353 (0) 090 6442526 Email: jtierney@ait.ie

What will I experience?

Additional Qualifications offered to Sport Year 2 Students:

  • REPS Ireland Fitness Instruction and Group Fitness Instructor - This will enable students to be registered as exercise professionals and the registration is required by many employers. Students that are REPS registered can work in any other country that has a register. This

    course and exams will take place each year in mid- late May

  • RLSS Pool Lifeguard This course will enable students to be employed as pool lifeguards and is widely accepted abroad. We run this course between January and March each year - pool sessions take place during scheduled timetable classes and the majority of the theory is covered during review week in February.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Your specialist knowledge in Sport and Recreation could lead to many different career paths. Graduates of this programme have found employment in Westmeath Local Sports Partnership, Dublin GAA, Athlone Regional Sports Centre, Sports Retail and various gyms around the country and abroad.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Gym Instruction
  • Health and Fitness Promotion
  • Further progression into the BBS in Sport Management
Matthew, a Student Ambassador at TUS Athlone talks about the ladder system available through this route to education and the opportunities it brings to students and how this course is for everyone.

Additional Information

Sport and Recreation - US 613 - Athlone Campus

Assessment Information

Here are some of the ways we will assess your work:

  • Practical based assessments
  • Presentations
  • Group work
  • Examinations
  • Multiple-choice tests
  • Essays
  • Portfolio work

Course Details

Course Fees:
Additional qualifications (if desired) and material fees
Course Duration:
2 Years
Course Commencement Date:

September, apply via CAO

CAO Course Code:
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Business
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Dept of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure
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.

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Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education

Sports Studies

Fundamentals of Business and Management

Accounting Fundamentals for the Sport Sector

Sport Psychology

Introduction to Computer Applications

Financial Accounting for the Sport Sector

Wet Facility Management

Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction to Sports Coaching

Year 2

Strength and Conditioning

Lifestyle development

Financial Statements & Analysis

Facility Management

Human Resource Management and Training

Digital Skills & Citizenship

Coaching Children in Sport

Cost Accounting for the Sport Sector

Marketing for the Sport and Recreation Sector

Exercise and Fitness

Sport Industry Placement

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Graduates of the programme will develop multiple transferable skills, including practical skills through their coaching and community modules, business acumen through their core business subjects, numeracy skills through their accounting modules, the capacity for independent learning through their dissertation module, high levels of critical thinking skills through their theory based modules, and professional development competences through their work placement.

Work Placement

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

Further Study

When you graduate from this programme, you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Business in Sport Management (Level 7) at TUS, or related Level 7 programmes in the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure. Many students opt to complete all four years to gain a competitive advantage when seeking further employment.

Bachelor of Business in Sport Management (with international placement)

Bachelor of Business (Honours)

Facility Gallery

HTL Building - TUS Athlone