Sports Recreation & Exercise


Sports, Recreation and Exercise 5M5146 QQI Level 5


This Sports, Recreation and Exercise course equips learners with the practical skills and the theory needed for the sports / leisure industry and can serve as an effective foundation for further studies in this area in higher education. The course comprises both theoretical and practical modules so that learners learn the science behind the skills that they will apply in real life situations. The course incorporates a work experience module for learners. Course participants will be required to undertake vetting by Donegal ETB.

Extra learning opportunity

Finn Valley College also offers learners an opportunity to resit the Leaving Certificate Mathematics exams and provides a class specifically for PLC students.


One year full time

Minimum Entry Requirements

Learners should have at least five pass grades in the Leaving Certificate or at least a merit in the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme. A full explanation of enrolment can be found in our policy here.

Course Overview


Code Credit

Exercise and Fitness

5N2668 15

Sport & Recreation Studies

5N2667 15


5N2006 15

Soccer Coaching

5N4887 10

Gaelic Coaching

5N5085 10

Basketball Coaching

5N4888 10

Work Experience

5N1356 15


5N0690 15

Word Processing

5N1358 15

Total Credits



*Holders of ANY QQI Level 5 award can progress onto over 700 Level 6/7 courses at Institutes of Technology or directly enter employment.

*Holders of a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise(5M5146) may progress to further studies in several Level 8 courses in particular those related to Sports in IT Carlow and UCC.


Dept of Education & Skills Course Participant Fee. Students with a medical card are exempt from paying this fee. €200

Finn Valley College Student support services fee




Grant funding:

The SUSI Grant scheme is available to students for all PLC courses and this does not affect a learner’s entitlement to the grant upon progression to Higher Education provided that the learner progresses to a Level 6 course or higher on National Qualification Framework. Normal eligibility criteria apply for applications to SUSI.

Application Process

Just click on the link below and select “Donegal” followed by “Stranorlar” in the Location and Sub-Location fields

Student Testimonials

Dillon Doherty- Currently studying Level 8 Sports Coaching and Performance @ LYIT

“I really enjoyed my time in the Sports, Recreation and Leisure PLC at Finn Valley College and I cannot recommend any of the courses highly enough. The skills I learned during the course and memories I made during the year is something that I will hold on to forever’

Ryan Davis- Lifeguard and swim instructor, Finn Valley Leisure Centre.

I would highly recommend the Sports PLC at Finn Valley College as it is a very enjoyable year. It is a great way to improve on your existing skills and also to learn new skills. From doing work experience in PLC as a lifeguard I was offered a full time job in Finn Valley Leisure Centre. I am glad that I did PLC as the skills I learned from the course are with me for life.”