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Higher Cert in Sports Development & Coaching

Course Code: LC228


Level

06

Duration

2 years

Department

Sport, Leisure & Tourism


CAO Points

205

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?

What modules will I study?

  • Year 1

    Title: Sports Coaching Law

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of the key aspects of sports law and the legal duties and responsibilities of sports coaching and its activities. The intention is to prepare the learner for a future coaching career in the sports industry and enable them to liase effectively with legal advisors. This will be achieved through lectures, case studies, field trips and ‘in-class discussions’.  As law is an ongoing and dynamic subject, the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in the law set out in this module


    Title: Principles of Accounting

    Credits: 05 Credits

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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 management industry.


    Title: Introduction to Sports Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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: Strength and Conditioning for Sport

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that govern the underlying theory and practical application of strength & conditioning for teams and individuals.


    Title: Coaching Skills

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module introduces learners to the coaching process of planning, delivering and reviewing coaching sessions. Learners will consider the rules and tactics of selected sports, and will demonstrate and present technical coaching points for specific skills. The module focuses on coaching children, with child welfare and protection, fundamental movement skills and physical literacy as core topics.  Learners will gain practical coaching experience in the local community and will have the opportunity to achieve sports coaching awards in selected disciplines.


    Title: Communications and Information Technology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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 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 to a sports context.


    Title: Anatomy and Human Movement

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    This module will introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and the underlying components of human movement.

     


    Title: Leadership and Teamwork

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introdcue learners to the concepts of personal effectiveness, teamwork and leadership within a dynamic context. Learners will develop an understanding of the principles and practices of personal effectiveness and apply them in team and leadership based contexts.


  • Year 2

    Title: Sports Event Operations (Common)

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module is designed to enable the student to design and run a sports event successfully


    Title: Sport Psychology

    Credits: 10 Credits

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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.

     


    Title: Advanced Coaching Skills

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module centres on skill acquisition, performance analysis and coaching special populations. Learners will coach each other in the acquisition of a specific technical skill over a period. Using appropriate video and portable software, learners will collect, analyse and present tactical information for invasion games. This module also aims to broaden and enhance learners’ coaching knowledge and skills for a variety of athlete and participant groups. Learners will participate in service learning in the community, where they will take on an individual coaching role with a specific group, individual or team.


    Title: Exercise Programme Design

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module will provide the learner with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies that govern the underlying theory and practical application of the science of applied exercise training and programmme design


    Title: Microeconomics for Sport

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to provide undergraduate students of sport with the tools to aid analysis and decision-making.  The basic theories and models of microeconomics will be introduced.


    Title: Decision Making Techniques

    Credits: 05 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the core principles of cash flows and management of same, budgeting, costing and breakeven analysis and the application of these principles in making informed business decisions in the sports industry.


    Title: Marketing Principles

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the principles of marketing and how it functions as a core part of the current business environment.

     


    Title: Introduction to Sports and Exercise Nutrition

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    The module is designed to introduce the students to the role of nutrition in sports performance and exercise. It will provide the learner with a sound knowledge of the concepts of nutrition, in relation to energy sources and amounts required for active living, exercise, sport and weight management.


    Title: Elite Athlete Development

    Credits: 10 Credits

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    This module introduces learners to the concepts of talent identification, selection and development in sport. Learners will examine a number of participant development models in sport, including long term athlete development. Biological, psychological and social determinants of success will be considered, and learners will reflect on early and late specialisation, and diversification and sampling of sports. Learners will also examine elite athlete management and support in both Irish and international contexts.


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.