Sports, Recreation & Massage Studies

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise – 5M5146.

Push your fitness training to the next level with a full QQI award in Sports, Recreation and Exercise with ITEC qualifications in Sports Massage and Gym Instruction.

Know how the body works best and study practical techniques for treating and preventing sports injuries.

Further your career opportunities with our International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) certified award – the internationally recognised standard in sports learning and examinations.

Progress to Mallow College’s Advanced Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Injury Therapy and Personal Training.

Share your love of sports and fitness in an active career.


Courses next start in September. Applications open in January.

Applications are now open, and free. CAO points not required. Grant and Social Welfare funding available. To apply online now for September 2017/18 you will just need to provide two essential pieces of information: your email address and your PPS number. Look for this course under Health & Fitness.

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Career Prospects

  • Health clubs. +
  • Health studios. +
  • Hotels. +
  • Salons. +
  • Self-employment as sports injury therapists. +

Course Contents

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time.


30 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ in Techniczne Zakłady NaukoweDąbrowa Górnicza, Poland, for 2 weeks from the 12th of February 2018. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an interview. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Garda Vetting

This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Work Experience

Clinical and field work is an integral part of this course. The dates and duration will be specified by the College.


Use your full QQI award to progress to degrees in PE, Recreation & Leisure, Health & Exercise Science, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Coaching & Development. For more links and detailed information on how to use your Mallow College qualification to progress go to

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.


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