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Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Coach and Physical Education 2

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Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE

Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE
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Course overview

Course Code 6M5147
QQI Award Code 6M5147 Sports, Recreation and Exercise
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Coaching & Physical Education 2 is a level 6 course designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop further the range of skills learnt at level 5 for a career in coaching, teaching, fitness and sports related fields. The course is practically orientated and has a strong element of practical coaching. Students also have the opportunity to get coaching badges from the relevant coaching bodies and a gym instructor's qualification, and a full swim teacher qualification and Lifeguard certification.

What will you Study?

Sports Industry Practice
Sports Nutrition
Sports Psychology
Gaelic Football 6N5347
Event Management 6N4800
Marketing Communications 6N4370
Soccer Coaching Kickstart 2
Volleyball Level 5
Lifeguarding
Full Swim Teachers IWS
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)

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
6M5147

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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.
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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