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Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Health and Physical Activity Level 6 (Sports, Recreation & Exercise)


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This course is aimed at individuals with a keen interest in Physical Education Teaching and Coaching. This innovative Level-6 QQI certified programme is specifically tailored as an access programme for third level studies. Successful graduates may apply for advanced entry into to a number of Degree Programmes including Portobello’s Level 8 BSc Physical Education & Sports Science programme.

Entry Requirements

In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent (Mathematics is a mandatory subject, and Biology is desirable).  Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications.  Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis.  The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. You must be medically certified evidence of fitness to participate in exercise.

We also welcome applications from mature students on all our courses.

What Will I Study?

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Team Leadership
  • Work Experience
  • Health Promotion
  • Sports Industry Practice
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Aquatics
  • Fitness Testing & Data Management
  • Research Skills

Career Opportunities and Progression

There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Technological Universities and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit

Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses -  visit for further information.

In certain cases, graduates who hold a QQI Level 6 qualification, or who have other relevant educational and/or work experience equivalent to year 1 of an undergraduate programme, may be considered for Advanced Entry. Applicants must contact the Admissions Office of the relevant institutions for further information.

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Technological Universities. Third-level institutes reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Graduates of Colaiste Ide Advanced Certificate Level 6 are enrolled in the following Programmes:

» (Advanced Entry) Portobello Institute Dublin: B.Sc (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Science, (Awarded by London Metropolitan University)
» University College Cork: Sports Studies & Physical Education ( Secondary Teaching )
» IT Tralee: Health & Leisure Studies
» Scottish & UK degree programmes

Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.

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   Routes for this Course


1 Year

Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board