The aim of the training programme is to provide flexible training opportunities to raise competency levels of unemployed people, facilitating their progression to or toward labour market participation, using collaborative community resources and opportunities.

All learners are supported in identifying their individual learning needs. Learners are encouraged to develop to their maximum potential at their own pace in a supported learning environment of equality and inclusion.

This programme leads to a QQI Level 4 Major Award in Sport and Recreation for learners who meet the award requirements.

The aim of this programme is to enable the learner to acquire the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to develop personal proficiency in a range of sport and recreation activities, to work under supervision in a sport and recreation context and/or to progress to further education and training.


  • Education: Applicants seeking entry to the programme must have achieved a minimum of a QQI level 3 Major award or its equivalent prior to entry to the programme.
  • Aptitude: Good verbal and written command of the English language along with good communication skills are essential. All learners wishing to complete elective modules in the areas of sports coaching must receive clearance through the Garda vetting process.
  • Previous Experience: Alternatively, applicants may have achieved the equivalent standard of knowledge, skill and competence through relevant work experience.


Title Award Awarding Body
Communications (Community) Communications (4N0689) QQI
Food And Nutrition (Community) Food & Nutrition (4N2830) QQI
Health Related Fitness (Community) Health Related Fitness (4N2666) QQI
Human Biology (Community) Human Biology (4N2910) QQI
Tennis (Community) Tennis (4N4638) QQI
Work Experience (Community) Work Experience (4N1168) QQI
Soccer (Community) Soccer (4N3206) QQI


Learners will be able to:

1. Select and participate in appropriate physical activities to achieve a basic level of fitness and
describe how lifestyle habits, with specific reference to physical activity, can affect quality of life
and the physiological changes the body undergoes due to participation in different types of

2. Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally including the use of visual aids in routine
every day tasks and in the work environment and explain the impact of information technologies
on communications in a range of contexts.

3. Demonstrate a specified range of knowledge, skills and competence, determined by the elective
module choices made by learners, from a range that includes personal and interpersonal
development, teamworking, personal effectiveness, customer service, workplace safety and
information technology skills as required for fulfilment of the overall major award requirements.

4. Participate in the workplace for a limited time and carry out work-related tasks while under
supervision; display an ability to interact positively and effectively both in a workplace environment
and/or in a managed learning environment.

5. Display a Tennis playing ability including the basic tactical patterns in the five playing situations and
using a basic skill development model of lessons based on the Tennis Ireland Play and Stay
Programme; assist with the delivery of classes under the supervision of a Tennis Ireland qualified

6. Describe the constituents of a balanced diet, the importance of diet in maintaining health and
wellbeing and make informed decisions about food and diet in relation to energy requirements of

7. Describe the structure of the body; the function and operation of human biological systems and
the importance of all systems working efficiently to ensure good health and well being.