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Sport and Recreation Studies

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Finn Valley College

Finn Valley College
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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

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence in a range of sports, recreation and exercise activities to work independently and under supervision in a variety of sports related contexts and or to progress to higher education and training.

What will you Study?

Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Basketball Coaching 5N4888
Exercise and Fitness 5N2668
Gaelic Football Coaching 5N5085
Nutrition 5N2006
Soccer Coaching 5N4887
Sport and Recreation Studies 5N2667
Word Processing 5N1358
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

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

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DSRXX 5M5146

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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