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Sports, Recreation & Massage Studies

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

Mallow College 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

Sports, Recreation & Massage Studies is an ideal course for individuals with an interest in fitness and Sport who would like learn more about how the body works best and how to treat and prevent sports related injuries. The course combines a full QQI award in Sports, Recreation and Exercise as well as ITEC qualifications in Sports Massage.

Learners can build on the skills and knowledge acquired in this course to progress onto the Advanced Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Injury Therapy. These courses are certified by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) who apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.

What will you Study?

Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy Level 3 ITEC
Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology related to Sports Massage ITEC
Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym based exercises)
Business, Professionalism and Ethics ITEC
Sports and Recreation Studies 5N2667
Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Nutrition
Anatomy and Physiology
Body Massage and Figure Analysis 5N3465
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
DSRXX 5M5146

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Groundsperson   Exercise and Health Instructor  
Teacher - Physical Education   Personal Trainer  
Massage Therapist   Medical Secretary  
Hair & Scalp Specialist   Gastroenterologist  
Audiologist   Radiologist - Diagnostic   
Psychiatrist   Perfusionist  
Oncologist   Immunologist  
Herbalist   Coroner  
Neurologist   Optometrist  
Orthodontist   Orthoptist  
Clinical / Medical Technologist   Radiologist - Radiation Therapist  
Osteopath   Doctor / GP  
Dentist - General   Surgeon   
Epidemiologist   Forensic Pathologist  
Genetic Technologist   Podiatrist / Chiropodist  
Anaesthetist   Naturopath  
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist   Surgeon - Oral  
Neuroscientist   Cytogenetic Technologist  
Laboratory Technician   Dentist - Periodontist  
Laboratory Manager   Ophthalmologist  
Anatomical Pathology Technician   Health and Safety Inspector  
Radiographer - Diagnostic   Cardiovascular Technician / Technologist  
Medical Laboratory Assistant   Medical Laboratory Technician  
Neurophysiology Technician   Dental Technician  
Radiographer - Therapeutic   Physical Therapist  
Nurse Prescriber   Nurse - Advanced Nurse Practitioner  
Nurse Tutor   Respiratory Technician  
Vision Rehabilitation Therapists   Nurse - Children's  
Lactation Consultant   Nurse - Theatre / Perioperative  
Nurse - Midwife   Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician  
Physiotherapist   Nurse - Psychiatric / Mental Health Care  
Speech & Language Therapist   Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant  
Dental Hygienist   Aromatherapist  
Health Educator/Promotion Officer   Nurse - Public Health  
Acupuncturist   Chiropractor  
Spinologist   Prosthetist / Orthotist  
Nurse - Intellectual Disability   Nurse - General  
Sports Development Officer   Psychologist - Sports  
Sports Scientist    Entertainment / Sports Manager  
Engineer - Sports   Physiotherapist - Sports   
Fitness / Aerobics Instructor   Sports Therapist  
Ship Mate   Diver  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Leisure, Sport & Fitness
Medical & Healthcare
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.