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This programme has been designed to cater for those who wish to pursue a career in the sport, exercise and health industries, both in Ireland and abroad. The delivery is based on the combination of key theories with applied research and practical skills to afford graduates appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies to work as professionals in a wide range of settings in the sport, leisure and business industry. The programme was developed in response to the demands of the expanding global Sport and Leisure Industry, who are constantly seeking ‘work-ready’ graduates with strong technical proficiencies and significant experience-bases in the growth area of ‘interdisciplinary sport, exercise and health.
The extensive Work Placement is an integral element of this programme and takes place in Year 3 (Semester 6). This significant placement experience affords students (i) the opportunity to experience the industry in greater depth, but also (ii) the time to express their skills, knowledge and proficiencies gained from the programme content in their respective workplaces.
A number of industry recognised external qualifications are incorporated into the programme. 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 Sport & Exercise Management programme, 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 further studies at postgraduate level such as: Physiotherapy (MSc. @ UCC or UL) Sports Management (MSc. @ UCD), Sports Performance (MSc. @ UL), Sports Psychology (MSc. @ UL), and Teacher Education (PME Business @ UCC, UL, NUIG, MU amongst others).
What is the difference between CR032 and this programme?
CR032 is a 3-Year Level 7 programme whilst this programme (CR430: Sport & Exercise Management) is a 4-Year Level 8 programme. Further, there is a greater dedication to the applications of sports performance, the scientific aspects of sport and health, and also a greater emphasis on a work-ready graduate profile (i.e. the more substantial Work Placement Programme in Year 3). Finally, suitable qualified graduates of this Sport & Exercise Management programme have increased opportunities to apply for further postgraduate study in Ireland and abroad at Level 9/10.
Is there a direct link to PE teaching if I complete this programme?
It is important to note that there is no direct link between the BBus Honours in Sport & Exercise Management programme and PE teaching.
Is there a pathway to teaching from this course?
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, provided 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 that deliver Teacher Education programmes.