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Exercise & Fitness Instructor - Leisure Management

Course Code(s):  5M5146
QQI Award Code:  5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Portlaoise Institute of Further Education

Portlaoise Institute of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code 5M5146
QQI Award Code 5M5146 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

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 them to gain employment in industry or provide a stepping stone to progress to higher studies through QQI. A work placement within the industry is also a valuable core element of the course.

What will you Study?

Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
Sport and Recreation Studies 5N2667
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Leisure Facility Administration 5N4666
Sport Anatomy and Physiology
Nutrition
Adventure Activities
Sports and Exercise Injury Prevention 5N5665
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DSRXX 5M5146

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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