gym[1]QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M5146

Course objective

With continuing recognition of the value of sport, fitness and leisure for a healthy lifestyle, this one year full-time course has been developed for those with the desire and motivation to turn their passion into a career. Students now also have the opportunity to gain their professional gym instructor qualification, which provides a direct route to employment or a stepping stone to progress to higher studies. The course also includes a dedicated work placement so that students can enhance their skills and gain valuable experience in the industry.

 Course Modules

  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sport & Recreation Studies
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience
  • Soccer Coaching
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sport Psychology
  • Word Processing
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Word Processing

*Modules subject to change

 165375_122476797823574_4799649_n[1]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.


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

 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 and Recreation, Health & Fitness, Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Leisure Management.

hardyboys[1] Enrolment

Students may apply on-line from the 1st January 2015.
Facilities will be available in Portlaoise  College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Wednesday 28 January 2015 between 5pm and 8.00pm (Open Evening)

 For further details, please contact

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

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

My time on Health and Fitness and Sports Coaching by Jeff Phelan (Former Student)

The course was a great starting point for me and gave me great opportunities to develop myself academically or for employment.  Where will I start, I couldn’t speak highly enough of the course, it exceeded my expectations; I loved every minutes of it.  The atmosphere with the students and the tutor/student relationship was second to none.

I loved the practical coaching and exercise and fitness side of the course but equally enjoyed the more theory side of it too, the anatomy physiology and nutrition really was a big shock to me that I like them so much and I worked hard at both the practical and theory based subjects and got the rewards for it.

This course prepared me for a career please God in Physical Education teaching because it gave me a sound base of core exercise and fitness and how exercise can have an effect on people’s wellbeing.  This along with the encouragement I got from the course co-ordinator Sandra Molloy to work with Ollie Hally on PE experience was vital for my acceptance into University of Limerick this year.

I will always remember with fond memories my times in Portlaoise College and I hope I will be back some day to do my Physical Education work placement to show the skills I first learning on Health & Fitness and Sports coaching.

Many thanks to all the staff that made my journey there a happy one,

Jeff Phelan