Pre-University Sports Science

QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M5146)

Pre-University Sports Science introduces students to the broad and expanding area of Sport Science and Physiology. This challenging course provides students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications necessary to gain employment in the Fitness and Leisure industry or to lay the foundations for further study in this area. It is important for prospective students to know that it is a theory based course with some elements of practical.

Health Science (Physiology & Sport) at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education

Course Content

Sports Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Sport and Recreation Studies, First Aid Responder PHECC approved, communications, Work Experience, Exercise and Fitness, kinesiology, Sports and Exercise Injury Prevention.

Workshops in Massage, Exercise and Fitness will be offered throughout the year.

Health Science (Physiology & Sport) at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education


1 Year

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate.

A science subject at leaving certificate would be desired. Students must apply for Garda Clearance at Registration in September.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course, students may wish to continue their studies in Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Athletic Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation or Exercise Science, or they may wish to enter directly into employment in the Health and Fitness Industry.

Health Science (Physiology & Sport) at Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Educaition


Students can progress from this course to Institutes of Technology and Universities, including Dundalk IT, Carlow IT, UCC, Tralee IT, through the Higher Education Links Scheme on obtaining a full Award. See the full list of CAO courses available for progression here. There is a direct link to the second year of the Sports Science degree offered by the University of Sunderland. Students can also progress to the Degree in Physiotherapy offered with universities in The Netherlands.

Course Charges

Year 1: €500

This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.