The Recreation and Leisure Management course combines Health, Fitness, Sports and Exercise related modules with core Business modules. The course prepares students to work in the business, sports and leisure sector of the economy and provides them with the specialist skills and competencies needed in these industries.
About the Course
The course consists of lectures, tutorials, practicals, site visits and work placement. The leisure industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. This has created a demand for personnel with specialist knowledge and skills in recreation and leisure. This course combines such skills and competencies with a strong business base, while offering students the opportunity to acquire appropriate practical and managerial expertise, which will enable them to be effective managers in the recreation and leisure industry.
Active participation in sport is an advantage. However, applicants do not need to have exceptional ability or achievements in sport.
An integral and mandatory part of the course is a five-week block of work placement in an area of recreation and leisure in Year 3. Work placement opportunities exist in leisure centres, adapted physical activity centres, sports coaching settings, and sports development.
A number of industry recognised external qualifications are incorporated into the course. These include REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Ireland Qualifications in the area of fitness instruction and personal training. Coaching Ireland awards in a variety of sports are incorporated into the sports coaching modules. Qualifications in Lifesaving, Swim Teaching, ITEC Massage Therapy, and Sports Massage can also be attained.
CIT, through the Recreation & Leisure Management course, is an affiliated institution with the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), which is home to the most diverse network of sport science related institutions in the world with affiliates across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and North America.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on
or Year 4 (final year) of
These awards will greatly enhance a graduate’s career prospects at management level. In addition, the Bachelor of Business (Honours) satisfies the degree requirements of the Teaching Council. As with other recognised degrees, a postgraduate programme of Initial Teacher Education, accredited by the Teaching Council, consisting of two years full-time study or 120 ECTS credits must subsequently be completed to be eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.
What areas of teaching am I qualified to teach in?
As with any Level 7 qualification, teaching is not an immediate possibility. However, for those students who decide to progress to the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Sport & Exercise or the Bachelor of Business (Hons), there are 2 primary possibilities to embark on further study in Teacher Education.
- Professional Masters of Education (PME) in Primary Teaching, which is a 2-year Level 9 Qualification, as long as the applicant presents with the minimum Leaving Certificate requirement in Irish or suitable equivalent. The Department of Education and Skills recognises this PME to teach in primary schools.
- Professional Masters of Education in Business Teaching, which is accredited by the Teaching Council. This Postgraduate Teacher Education programme is offered in several Universities with Teacher Education programmes.
Please note: there is no direct link between this Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure Management degree and PE Teaching.
What type of Business content is involved in the course?
Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Management, and Enterprise Development are the Business modules covered over the three years.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate after two years?
Yes, students who successfully complete Year 2 and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive a Higher Certificate in Business in Recreation and Leisure.