TurfChallengeQQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M5146

Course objective

The ever-increasing emphasis on fitness and leisure as part of a healthy lifestyle has lead to the development of a range of facilities in both the private and public sectors in recent times. In line with this there are also various career opportunities available. This one year full-time course has been developed to provide graduates with a broad knowledge and practical-skills base, including the exciting new opportunity to take their professional gym instructor qualification, which will enable the student to gain employment in the industry or provide a stepping stone to progress to higher studies through QQI. Work placement within the industry is also a valuable core element of the course

 high ropes[1]Course modules

  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Leisure Facility Administration
  • Sport Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Adventure Activities
  • Sports & Exercise Injury Prevention

*Modules subject to change

 Work experience

Students must obtain 10 days’ work experience in a vocational related area. Garda Clearance is required for work experience

 Entry requirements

Students should be of Leaving Certificate standard or Applied Leaving Certificate with distinction and interview. Portlaoise College welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and may not require the above qualifications.

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  • Certificate in Sport & Recreation – QQI Level 5
  • Certificate in Occupational First Aid (at an additional cost)
  • ITEC Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • Physical Activity Leaders Award – Irish Sports Council

 Student Grants

Eligible students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or Back to Education Allowance.

Progression Opportunities

Students are eligible to apply for places on a wide range of Higher Certificate and Degree Courses through the QQI Higher Education Link Scheme, in areas including Sport & Recreation, Health & Fitness, Sport Coaching, Leisure Management and Physical Education.

 Enrolment

Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)

Fees


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 Frequency


5 days per week - Monday to Thursday 9am - 3:55pm and Friday 9am - 1:15pm

yoga5[1] For further details, please contact

Ms Sandra Molloy,
Course Co-ordinator,
Portlaoise College,
Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456
Email: smolloy@portlaoisecollege.ie

Each PLC course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.

Feedback from Students

De Dunne Interview

1.What lead you to the Sports Coaching/Leisure Man course in Portlaoise College?

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I was interested in health and fitness as a career and as I had already left a university course I thought doing a one year course would help me decide if it was definitely something I would like to continue. Portlaoise College was conveniently located for me to commute to also.

2. What do you consider were the most beneficial aspects of this course for you?

The anatomy and physiology benefited me greatly as I didnt study science for Leaving Cert. When I moved on to new courses I wasn’t intimidated by the material because I was already familiar with it.

3. What is your best memory of the course?

My best memory is of surfing in Achill. It was something completely new and something I thought I would hate but I loved it. I did not want to get out of the water. It was hard work but it was so much fun. The whole trip was a good experience.

4. What have you been doing since finishing that course?
I am now in Waterford I.T. studying Exercise & Health studies Year 3 and loving it.

5. What are your plans for your future career?
I would like to work with disadvantaged young people and young people at risk of leaving school early.

6. What advice would you give to someone considering undertaking the course?
Make the most of the year and take advantage of every opportunity presented throughout the course. Having additional certs like Occupational First Aid or ITEC might be what sets you apart from everyone else.

Julie Murray– Leisure Attendant in Portarlington Leisure Centre

1. What lead you to the Sports Coaching/Leisure Man course in Portlaoise College?

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I originally wanted to be a Garda and needed to get me fit and get a qualification while I was waiting for the application process but I ended up loving the course and wanting to work in the area.

2. What do you consider were the most beneficial aspects of this course for you?

All the exercise is great.  Sandra is a slave driver!

3. What is your best memory of the course?
Learning is made interesting and active. After a long time in class Sandra would get us to break and do some exercise on the spot, it would definitely wake you up to go again but it made learning fun and easier.

4. What have you been doing since finishing that course?
I am working as a professional leisure attendant for the past 5 years, where I teach a variety of classes, do fitness assessments on people, design programmes for them and work on the swimming pool deck. There’s lots of variety.

5. What are your plans for your future career?
I’d like to maybe move onto Leisure Management and eventually to go back to college to study physiotherapy

6. What advice would you give to someone considering undertaking the course?
It’s a great choice of career and the staff in the college is great, very motivated and really interested in the subjects and helping the students get where they want to go.

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