Sports bodies require their management and coaching staff to have well-rounded understanding and knowledge of their chosen sport as well as in the area of business and management. A Sport and Exercise degree explores the cross-functional nature of business and sport and equips students with the necessary skills to attain careers in: sports management, club development, games development and club administration. Applicants can apply for both the BA (Honours) Sport Management and Coaching(CW858 - NFQ Level 8) and the BA Sport and Exercise GAA (CW807 – NFQ Level 7) on the CAO application.
Both programmes run concurrently for the first three years. This three-year degree programme is delivered by IT Carlow in association with Leinster GAA. The Sport & Exercise degree combines business and sports modules. Mandatory subjects over the life of the programme include: player development; coach education; anatomy and physiology; writing and research; sports management; finance; sponsorship and media management; performance management; nutrition; strategic management. Note: This is not a restricted entry course for CAO, but there is a portfolio requirement as part of the admission process.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Graduates can seek employment in sports related business or public relations environments. Potential career paths include: Games Development, Sports Management; Club Development; Personal Coaching, Coaching - Fitness; Business Management.