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Sports Development & Coaching - Higher Cert

Course Code: LC228


Level

6

Duration

2 Years

Department

Sport & Early Childhood Education


CAO Points

214

Course Type

Undergraduate - CAO

Location

Limerick

Sports development is the promotion of sports activities within communities. Sports Development Officers typically work with specific sports such as hurling, football, soccer and rugby, or with target populations such as children and younger people, older adults, women, ethnic groups, people with disabilities or people living in socially disadvantaged areas.                                             

This course aims to develop high quality graduates with the skills necessary to succeed in this dynamic, exciting, challenging and potentially lucrative industry. We have professional links with numerous sporting organisation which opens up many opportunities for our students.

What are the entry requirements?

Leaving Cert 

A minimum of 5 O6/H7 grades in Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish.  
Foundation Level Maths at grade F2 or higher is acceptable for entry to the programme.

Mature Applicants

Candidates applying as mature applicants may be required to attend an interview and may be requested to take an aptitude test to prove their suitability for a place on this programme.

Who can I contact?

View our Sports CAO presentation and Q&A session

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What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Anatomy & Physiology For Sport

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and the anatomical structures involved in human movement, as well as providing the learner with an understanding of their mechanics in production of functional and sporting activities.
     


    Title: Coaching Skills

    Credits: 5

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    This module will develop the soft coaching skills required by coaches such as the ability to communicate, analyse (Peer and Self analysis). It will also see a continuation of the development of a more refined coaching philosophy


    Title: Conditioning For Sport And Fitness

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills, to assist in the design and delivery of safe, basic and appropriate training programmes. Students will learn the physiological principles underlying the process of physical conditioning and how to apply these principles to individuals and groups participating in sport and physical activities.


    Title: Exercise Psychology

    Credits: 5

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    This module will provide the learner with an understanding and application of the principles of exercise psychology. Through multiple teaching and learning strategies students will apply the knowledge of psychological techniques gained to enhance participation, learning and adherence in exercise. Students will develop the skills required to actively engage and support various populations in the exercise setting.


    Title: Introduction To Sports Development

    Credits: 5

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    This module will introduce students to the subject of sport development and provide an overview of sports provision in Ireland. This will be explored through reference to definitions and models of sport development, clubs and National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and local and central government policies and practices. Further the module will explore on a basic level who the main role players are (from the public, private and voluntary sectors) and how such players can impact on the levels of participation and performance which differs for different sectors of society. Students will also gain a basic understanding of how personal, social, economic and political factors influence and impact on the process of sport development. This introductory module is the basis for understanding sport development.


    Title: Introduction To Coaching

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the coaching process, paying close attention to the planning, delivering and reviewing of coaching sessions. The module focuses on coaching children, with child welfare and protection, and the appropriate actions when dealing with children being the cornerstones of this module


    Title: Learning Skills & Information Technology

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable students develop an understanding of the importance of the various methods of communication, the impact these methods can have in their future careers and to develop skills to utilise such methods effectively
    The IT element of this module aims to provide the learner with the skills to effectively operate software packages and to adapt their capabilities to a sports context.


    Title: Media Communications & Personal Development

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the importance of the various methods of communication, the impact theses methods can have in their future careers and develop the necessary skills to utilise these methods effectively.
    The IT element of this module aims to provide the learner with the skills to operate software packages effectively and to adapt their capabilities in a sports environment.


    Title: Multi Sports Experience

    Credits: 5

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    This module introduces learners to games and activities that could be used in sport, community and physical education contexts. Learners will examine principles of play, technical skills, tactical approaches, rules and safety considerations related to a selection of invasion games (e.g. Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, rugby, hockey and basketball), target games (golf, darts, archery, bowling), net games (e.g. badminton, tennis, volleyball), and striking and fielding games (e.g. cricket, rounders, baseball). Learners will adapt, modify and progress games to suit different participant groups, numbers and resource/equipment availability. Learners will also learn to develop their communication and instructional skills


    Title: Resistance Training

    Credits: 5

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    This module will provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire introductory level weight training theory and practical application, that will provide the foundation for planning and delivery of strength programmes for the general population and athletes.


    Title: Sports & Club Accounts

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the core principles of accounting and its application in the sports business and sports management industry


    Title: Wellbeing And Sport

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    This module will examine the area of mental health and the relationship between exercise and wellbeing. Learners will be introduced to prevalent mental health disorders and addictive and unhealthy behaviours as well as the potential measures that could be utilised in the treatment and prevention of these issues. Learners will examine the relationship between diet, behaviour change and mental health.


  • Year 2

    Title: Analysis Of Human Movement And Motor Control

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce students to the underlying principles of skill acquisition for sport. Students will examine the different types and categories of skill and the stages of skill acquisition and how they apply to various sports settings. Students will examine the concept of information processing and how it applies to skill acquisition. Students will examine how sporting movements can be assessed qualitatively. This module will develop practice in the application of deterministic models and examination of biomechanical factors and principles in a wide range of sport and exercise activities.


    Title: Coaching Philosophy - Coaching & Sports Development

    Credits: 5

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    Title: Fundamentals of Business Law

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with a knowledge and understanding of the legal environment in which business operates with focus on the sports sector. Learners will develop a broad understanding of the legal system and structures in addition to acquiring knowledge and understanding of selected ares of the law relevant to business operation. The module will enable learners to apply the relevant legal principles to business issues and liaise effective with legal advisors.
     


    Title: Fundamentals of Sports Events

    Credits: 5

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    This module is designed to provide the theoretic background which will enable students to successfully plan and operate an event.


    Title: Health and Fitness Assessment

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to help learners gain an understanding of the importance of health screening and physical fitness testing procedures and how they relate to the ability to safely increase physical capacity.
    Learners and novice coaches will critically appraise screening and testing protocols and be able to apply the cyclical testing process to a wide variety of sporting and fitness scenarios. Students will learn how to carry out accurate and reliable screening and assessment measures to establish whether participant goals have been met and the possible relevant adjustments in programming that may be required


    Title: Marketing Principles

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to present the core principles of marketing so that learners have an understanding of the subject and can build on this knowledge.


    Title: Movement Analysis - Fundamental Motor Skills

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to introduce the learner to the stages of motor and human development, with a focus on Fundamental Motor Skill and its importance for lifelong physical activity, sport and health
     


    Title: Nutrition for Sport & Health

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide an overview of nutrition and the importance of food, energy and fluid balance in health, exercise and sport.


    Title: Practical Sports Events

    Credits: 5

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    The student will have the opportunity to design, plan deliver and evaluate a practical sports events. Events which have been delivered by students in previous years include Guinness Book of World Records challenges, various sporting tournaments, community engagement projects and multi-code sports competitions.


    Title: Sport & Society

    Credits: 5

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    This module examines the interaction of sport in society from social, political, cultural and economic perspectives. It examines how sport creates, challenges and reinforces norms, values and expectations in society and in communities. Learners will be required to engage critically with a number of substantive issues in sport, including the evolution of sport from past to present, the role of the media, gender, social class and racial relations, deviance and sport and political influences. The community will be a central theme throughout.


    Title: Sports Injuries & Recoveries

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to provide learners with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to identify several types of sports injuries, recognise injury related risk factors and aid in the rehabilitation of sports injuries. This module will also provide students with the skills and information regarding the selection and application of relevant recovery modalities to improve health and sporting performance.


    Title: Sports Psychology

    Credits: 5

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    The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an understanding of the underlying principles of sport psychology and gain an awareness of the importance of sport psychology in overall performance in sport.
     


Are there opportunities for further study?

Students can progress to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Studies with Sports Management (Level 8).

What are the career prospects?

The Federation of Irish Sport estimate that 40,000 people are employed in sport in Ireland. This is an industry that accounts for €1.9 billion in household spending and €1 billion in tourism revenue. Much of this money is being ploughed back into the development of sport in cities, towns and villages all across the country. The investment means that career prospects for good quality graduates will continue to be high and there will be a growing demand for graduates with skills in sports development and coaching.

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