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CR 032

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 032
  • Field of StudyManagement,Recreation and Leisure
  • Type of CourseHigher Certificate,Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Business
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration3 Years (6 Semesters)
  • Level7
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 262
  • CAO Cut offEntry 2019 Round 2: 250

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.


Sport aptitude

Active participation in sport is an advantage. However, applicants do not need to have exceptional ability or achievements in sport.

Work Placement

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.


Professional Accreditation

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.

Further Studies

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.

Question Time

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.

For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points
  • undergo Garda vetting and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.

A small number of places on the Bachelor Degree course are available for Non-Standard Applicants.


Garda Vetting

CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. In all circumstances, it is the applicant student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending. Please click here for more information.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here

The broad multi-skills approach adopted in the course offers access to a wide range of employment opportunities in the sport and leisure industry such as:
▪ Leisure/Sports Centre Management ▪ Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach ▪ Sports Coaching/Team Management ▪ Swim Teaching and Lifeguarding ▪ Group Exercise Leadership ▪ Sports Development ▪ Health Promotion ▪ Community Recreation ▪ Sports Marketing.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Leisure/Sports Centre Management
  • Sports Coaching/Team Management



Graduate profiles

John O'Donoghue
Director of Sports

“From the Level 7 degree, I progressed to the one year add-on honours degree and graduated with BBus (Honours) in Sports and Exercise. It was CIT’s strong sporting community that drew me into college - it equipped me with experience in many sports. With this expertise, it was possible to become a Director of Sport, Developmental Officer, Personal Trainer, etc.


I’m currently the Director of Sports in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. My main duties are management of coaches and sporting facilities, this includes a 25m swimming pool, gym, rugby pitches, and a 3g pitch.


I also oversee the delivery of programmes, and the procurement of sports equipment. I would advise anyone who wants to go down the coaching route, to volunteer from an early age to get the invaluable experience.”



Juliet Murphy
Postgraduate Student

Juliet graduated with a BBus in Recreation and Leisure Management (Level 7) and with a BBus (Level 8). Several years later, she returned to full time education to pursue a postgraduate Primary Education degree. Juliet is a household name from her sporting exploits with the Cork Senior Ladies Football team. She is currently completing a Research Masters in CIT as part of the Project Spraoi Research Team.

“I really enjoyed my time in CIT and particularly all practical aspects of the Recreation and Leisure course. It is great that students may also progress to the Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise which is most definitely a growing industry.”

Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:

Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Management CR032

Higher Certificate in Business in Recreation and Leisure Management CR032



For graduates who progress to the one year add-on, please check the modules for the

Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport and Exercise


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