Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus


Leisure, Recreation
and Gym Instruction

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This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to pursue a career in the leisure industry. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to deliver one to one training by conducting appropriate fitness assessments and designing safe and effective exercise programmes to the general public (adults 18yrs +) based on their individual needs, whether it be strength training, weight loss, training for an endurance event or general fitness. You can also work as a physical trainer with local groups, club sports teams and corporate fitness and wellness programmes or deliver your own fitness classes. All graduates are awarded the QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation & Exercise.

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  • Leaving Certificate, L.C.A. or equivalent.
  • All applicants are interviewed, and places are awarded on suitability.


This is a one-year course.


  • Student Services: €250
  • QQI exam fees: €50*
  • First Aid: €200
  • CEHF Manual: €55
  • Life Saving: €70
  • PDP1: €35
  • Disability Inclusion Training: €45
  • Additional Courses: €450
  • Safeguarding: €25
  • Course Apparel: €90
    Total: €1,270


  • CEHF: €1,100
  • Swim Teaching: €400

Please note that only debit cards/visa/mastercard payments are acceptable for payment. The College cannot accept cash/cheque.

* Note: Students with medical cards are exempt from paying the QQI exam fee.


  • QQI Level 5 in Sports, Recreation & Exercise (5M5146).

NCEF Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness.


The following subjects may be offered:

Sport and Exercise Injury Prevention - 5N5665

This equips students with the knowledge, skill and competencies in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of common injuries in sport and exercise working under supervision and direction.

Sport & Recreation Studies - 5N2667

This provides students with an overview and understanding of the sport, leisure and recreation industry.

Exercise & Fitness - 5N2668

This subject is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to assist in the delivery of safe and appropriate exercise and fitness programmes.

Leisure Facility Administration - 5N4666

This will enable the student to work in an administrative capacity in a leisure facility.

Sports Anatomy & Physiology - 5N4648

This subject area provides the learner with an understanding of the working of the human body in sporting contexts.

Nutrition - 5N2006

The purpose of this unit is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the nutritional composition of food and the effects of food and nutrition on an individual’s health and personal well-being.

Shallow Water Pool Lifeguarding Skills - 5N18417

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to independently, effectively, efficiently and safely carry out lifeguard activities in a shallow water swimming pool with a depth of up to 1.5 metres in compliance with the current Irish Water Safety Swimming Pool Safety Guidelines, National Pool Lifeguard Manual and Rescue Skills Handbook published by the Irish Water Safety (IWS).

Customer Service - 5N0972

This equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide effective customer service within a work, social or voluntary environment, operating independently while under general supervision.

Work Experience - 5N1356

This subject provides the student with practical experience in a work environment.

Adapted Physical Activity - 5N4352

This module equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to plan, implement and evaluate, under appropriate supervision, a programme of coaching adapted physical activity to people with disabilities.

NCEF Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness

This module qualifies you to supervise and instruct on the gym floor including the cardio, machine weights and free weight areas as well as teaching group exercise classes.


For full details on progression opportunities see these links:

Excellent progressions opportunities including:

  • Cork College of FET Tramore Road Campus: Exercise Performance with Personal Training or Sports Massage Level 6.
  • MTU: Recreation and Leisure Management (BBus) (MT510).
  • UCC: BA Sports Studies (CK125).
  • MTU Tralee: B.Sc. Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences (MT511).
  • Specialist courses in the UK.


Personal Training, Leisure Attendants, Duty Managers, Leisure Centre Managers, Lifeguard, Professional Coaching, Fitness Class Instructor, Gym Instructor, Swim Teacher, etc.


The college has a large well-equipped gymnasium/sports hall facility on site. There are facilities for resistance training, tennis, badminton, indoor hockey, indoor football, volleyball and basketball. It has several playing pitches and a floodlit, all-weather playing surface. It has access to a 25 metre swimming pool nearby. Students also use the lecture and computer facilities in the college. Courses are also delivered in the areas of Pool Plant Operations and Assistant Swim Teacher.


“I have studied Leisure and Recreation with gym instruction here at Tramore Road Campus. I have had nothing but positive experiences at this college completing this area of study. I have learned a lot of transferable skills that I will be able to apply to my next profession because of the help from my lecturers. In addition, I had the chance to travel on an Erasmus exchange programme in Malaga to gain experience working overseas and make new college friends from different courses. The instructors here are excellent and have greatly aided my growth as an individual in my field of choice”.
Taylor Bickerstaffe
 Leisure and Recreation course student, Taylor Bickerstaff

Leisure and Recreation course student, Taylor Bickerstaffe

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Kevin Smith, Course Director
Tel: (021) 4961 020