Higher Certificate in Business in Sport and Recreation

The sport, leisure and tourism industry is a very important one to the Irish economy. This two-year higher certificate will provide you with the background necessary for a successful career in a wide range of tourism, leisure, business and sports-related activities. In delivering this programme, emphasis is placed on developing your technical skills.

There is also the opportunity to take other nationally and internationally recognised qualifications in addition to higher certificate award including: occupational first aid/child protection/swim teachers/ pool lifeguard/ gym instructors qualification, sports coaching qualifications – football, hurling & soccer.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate

Grade D3 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)

or minium Irish Foundation level B3 (No points awarded for Foundation Level Irish).


Any FETAC level 5 qualification is acceptable.


Year 1

Sports Studies, Financial Accounting, Information Technology, Learning to Learn, Communications & Work Based Learning, Anatomy and Exercise Physiology, Introduction to Business & Management, Sports Coaching.

Electives: Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sports Administration, Sociology of Sport.

A work placement in year one of minimum 120 hours’ duration in an approved setting is mandatory.

Year 2

Facility Management, Sports Studies, Financial Management, Lifestyle Development, Work-Based Learning, Marketing Principles, Human Resource Management & Training, Sports Coaching, Exercise & Fitness.

A work placement in year two of minimum 120 hours’ duration in an approved setting is mandatory.


When you graduate from this programme, you are eligible to apply to join the Bachelor of Business in Sport Management (Level 7) at AIT, or related Level 7 programmes at other third-level institutions.

Professional Recognition


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in areas such as sport and recreation development/administration, sports coaching, health and fitness promotion, tourism and general business.

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