Crumlin College Fitness and Sports Therapy Courses

Sports Injury Prevention and Massage Therapy

This one year course will prepare students for work in the Sports & Leisure Areas. It consists of theoretical and practical training which will enable the students to work in Health Spas & Massage Therapy Clinics. The course leads to internationally recognised qualifications and students supplement their studies with work experience in a relevant area.

Awarding Body

QQI - Sport & Recreation Award, Level 5 5M5146   

  • ITEC - Holistic Massage Diploma
  • ITEC - Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise)
  • Irish Water Safety

Progression

On completion of Sports Injury Prevention Year 1, students may progress to  Fitness Instruction & Personal Training.

Career & Employment Opportunities

Successful students are qualified to work as gym instructors.


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Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent standards of education. A proven ability in a Science subject will be an advantage.  All appplicants should have a keen interest in sport & fitness. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

  • Exercise and Fitness (5N2668)
  • Sport and Recreation Studies (5N2667)
  • Customer Service (5N0972)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Sport & Exercise Injury Prevention ( 5N5665)
  • Nutrition (5N2006)
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology (5N4648)
  • Body Massage & Figure Analysis (5N3465)
  • Shallow Water Pool Lifeguarding Operations (5S18418) 
  • Onsite Massage (6N3478)
  • Option to do Gaelic Football Coaching (5N5085) & Hurling Coaching (5N5085)

Student Story

Dylan Cox, BSc Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy student in Athlone Institute of Technology

I studied Sports Therapy. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed all of the subjects that were taught in the course. There was an even amount of theory classes and practical classes which made the course enjoyable and the subjects were also very relevant to the course. All of the teachers in the course were very helpful and very supportive and always pushed you to do your best. The teachers were also very helpful when it came to applying for courses after Crumlin College.

I really enjoyed my time in Crumlin College. I made some really good friends but I also learned a lot from the course and it gave me a good foundation of what Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy involves and it gave me a good head start heading into University. I am currently a first year BSc Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy student in Athlone Institute of Technology. Everything that I learned in Crumlin College has been so beneficial to me especially in my first year when it came to the Anatomy and Physiology, Massage and Sports Injury modules. I really enjoyed my time in Crumlin College and would definitely recommend this course if you are looking to go on and study Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy.

Courses starting September 2023:
Due to Covid19 restrictions some elements of courses may be delivered remotely. 
Access to a PC/ lap-top/tablet would assist you and is advised.

Fitness Instruction & Health Studies (Year 1)

This one year course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the Fitness & Health Industry. The course leads to internationally recognised qualifications and students supplement their studies with work experience in a relevant area.

Awarding Body

  • QQI - Sports & Recreation Award Level 5 5M5146
  • ITEC - Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Water-based Exercise)
  • ITEC - Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise) 
  • QQI Occupational First Aid - Workshop

Progression

Successful students may progress to Fitness Instruction & Personal Training Year 2.

Career & Employment Opportunities

This course prepares students for employment in:

  • Sports Clubs
  • Leisure Centres
  • Gyms
  • Cruise Ships
  • Health Farms or Centres

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or it's equivalent. A proven ability in a Science subject will be an advantage.  Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects

  • Exercise & Fitness/Gym Instruction
  • Water Fitness
  • Shallow Water Pool Life Guarding Skills
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sports & Recreation Studies
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Gaelic Football
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Communications


Student Story

Joanne Hassett  (Fitness Instruction & Health Studies/Personal Training)
I am a mature student and I went back to college to follow my dream and to get my qualification for the job I really want. I studied Fitness and Health. I learned so much from the teachers, they really pushed me to my full potential. I am now a fully qualified gym instructor and the course  has given me back my confidence and allowed me show my true potential. It doesn't matter how old or young you are you should always go for a job you will love . The teachers and mentors are fantastic at Crumlin College. My plan after second year is to progress with advanced entry to IT Tallaght.
 

Courses starting September 2023:
Due to Covid19 restrictions some elements of courses may be delivered remotely. 
Access to a PC/ lap-top/tablet would assist you and is advised.

Fitness Instruction & Personal Training (Year 2)

Fitness & Exercise Specialist: This second-year course is ideal for those who want to develop their skills to work in the fitness, health & leisure industry. The course covers a broad range of topics to provide students with the unique skills needed to gain employment/self employment and excel in the industry. This course includes Gaelic football coaching accreditation.

Awarding Body

QQI:

  • Sports, Recreation & Exercise Award - Level 6 6M5147
  • Irish Water Safety

ITEC:

  • Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Exercise to Music)
  • Certificate in Personal Training
  • Diploma in Pilates

Progression 

Students can progress to related courses at third level colleges.

Career & Employment Opportunities

This course prepares students for work in:

  • Sports Clubs
  • Leisure Centres
  • Gyms
  • Cruise Ships

Minimum Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Sports Therapy Year 1 or Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition - Year 1 or equivalent standard of education. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects

  • Personal Training
  • Exercise & Fitness
  • Exercise to Music
  • Gaelic Football Coaching
  • Deep Water Pool Lifeguarding Skills
  • Pilates
  • Sports Industry Practice
  • Sports Nutrition 
  • Health Promotion
  • Sports Psychology
  • Leadership
  • Work Experience
  • Students also have the opportunity to add extra industry qualifications such as spinning, TRX/RIP 60, kettlebells.

Courses starting September 2023:
Due to Covid19 restrictions some elements of courses may be delivered remotely. 
Access to a PC/ lap-top/tablet would assist you and is advised.

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NEW COURSE! Business Studies with Sports and Fitness

This one-year course will provide students with the business skills in addition to the sports/fitness qualifications they need to obtain work in a wide variety of settings. It includes a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies as well as an internationally recognised Gym Instruction qualification. There are growing opportunities in this sector due to national strategies in exercise and sport participation.

Awarding Body

QQI Certificate in Business Studies Level 5 5M2102

ITEC Gym Instruction Certificate

Coaching Awards (National Governing Body)

Employment Opportunities

Students may seek employment in areas such as sports marketing, sports development and fitness instruction.

Progression  

On successful completion of this course students will have the option to progress to Fitness Instruction and Personal Training Year 2.  Students may apply for a degree level courses in the area of sports management.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or LCA or equivalent standard of education. A keen interest in business, sport and fitness. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Subjects:

  • Marketing Practice
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Gaelic and Hurling Coaching

Courses starting September 2023:
Due to Covid19 restrictions some elements of courses may be delivered remotely. 
Access to a PC/ lap-top/tablet would assist you and is advised. Modules are subject to change.

Student Interview


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NEW COURSE! Spa and Health Facility Administration

This one year course will prepare students for employment in the Health Spas, leisure and wellness facility businesses; including retail and marketing units. It consists of a comprehensive business studies award and specific practical therapy training which will also enable students to work in professional Massage Therapy Clinics. The course leads to internationally recognised qualifications and students supplement their studies with work experience in a relevant area.

Awarding Body

QQI - Level 5 Business Studies  5M2102

ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage iUBT432:

       - ITEC Professional Conduct & Business Awareness iUBT434

       - ITEC Anatomy & Physiology iUBT435

       - ITEC Infection Prevention (Covid 19) Complementary Therapies iUP4

       - ITEC Infection Prevention (Covid 19) for Beauty and Retail Services iUP6

ITEC On-Site Massage iUBT336

ITEC Certificate in Spa Treatments iUBT411

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or LCA or equivalent standard of education. A keen interest in business, wellness and leisure. Exemptions may be granted to mature students. All entry is subject to interview.

Progression

Upon successful completion of the QQI Level 5 Business Studies Award, Post Leaving Certificate graduates may apply through CAO to progress to third level entry level at TUS and TUD (conditional offer grades may apply to graduates from such institutions).

Third Level Progression Routes include:
Business Studies with Beauty & Spa Management - BA (Hons) (TUS)
Business Studies ( TUD)
*Upon successful completion of the QQI Level 5 Business Studies Award Post Leaving Certificate graduates may apply through CAO to progression entry level to TUS and TUD (conditional offer grades may apply to graduates from such institutions).

Career & Employment Opportunities

Successful graduates may enter employment contracts in destination health spas, cruise ships, leisure facility operations reception areas, and other complementary health -related administrative roles in holistic health centres/hubs. Graduates may also choose to open private, professional, massage therapy clinics having gained industry experience. ITEC qualified Massage Therapists are eligible to register with the Irish Massage Therapy Association and the Irish Complementary Medicine Association’.

Subjects:

  • 5N1610 Business Administration
  • 5N1400 Marketing Practice
  • 5N3465 Body Massage & Figure Analysis
  • 5N0972 Customer Service
  • 5N1356 Work Experience
  • 5N1407 Reception Front of House Skills
  • 5N1619 Retail Selling
  • 5N1374 Event Production
  • 5N3586 Human Resources
  • 5N1977 Spreadsheet Methods

Optional Extra Crumlin College Accredited Workshops include:
- Indian Head Massage (2 Full Days)
- Thermal Auricular Therapy 'Hopi Ear Candling'
  (2 Full Days)

Please be advised these optional workshops will incur additional costs to the student fees in Semester 4. Modules are subject to change.

Student Stories

Emma Hoey, Sports Therapy 2014, 3rd Year BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Student, Teesside 

When I was in school I knew I wanted to study Physiotherapy. However, after my Leaving Certificate I didn’t get offered a place on a Physiotherapy course, instead I got offered a place on a Business course in DCU. After my first year in DCU I decided it wasn’t what I wanted so I left and started looking at ways that I could apply to study Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy.

Whilst looking online I came across the two year Sports Therapy course in Crumlin College. I applied as this would enable me to apply to Physiotherapy courses once I had completed the course. I studied year 1 and 2 of the Sports Therapy course. I really enjoyed the subjects that were taught. There was a good mix of practical and theory classes which kept it interesting and all of the subjects were very relevant to the course. All of the teachers were brilliant. They all really knew their subjects so well and couldn’t have done more to help me with anything throughout the two years. They were so helpful when it came to work that had to be done for the course but also when it came to applying for courses after Crumlin.

Crumlin had all of the resources required for the course and there was plenty of student support available. I really enjoyed student life in Crumlin College and made some really good friends. I am currently a final year BSc Physiotherapy student in Teesside University. Everything I learned in Crumlin has been so beneficial to me especially in my first year when it came to the Anatomy and Physiology modules and Massage. I thoroughly enjoyed my two years in Crumlin College and would definitely recommend it.

Dylan Cox, BSc Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy student in Athlone Institute of Technology

I studied Sports Therapy. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed all of the subjects that were taught in the course. There was an even amount of theory classes and practical classes which made the course enjoyable and the subjects were also very relevant to the course. All of the teachers in the course were very helpful and very supportive and always pushed you to do your best. The teachers were also very helpful when it came to applying for courses after Crumlin College.

I really enjoyed my time in Crumlin College. I made some really good friends but I also learned a lot from the course and it gave me a good foundation of what Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy involves and it gave me a good head start heading into University. I am currently a first year BSc Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy student in Athlone Institute of Technology. Everything that I learned in Crumlin College has been so beneficial to me especially in my first year when it came to the Anatomy and Physiology ,Massage and Sports Injury modules. I really enjoyed my time in Crumlin College and would definitely recommend this course if you are looking to go on and study Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy.
 

Noelia Palma-Garcia 


I am an adult student from Spain who had a goal in life, being a massage therapist. I searched in Google for different courses and I found Crumlin College. I thought it was impossible for me but I got a place there. I can tell you my experience was lovely, classmates and teachers!! It was hard for me in a second language but everyone helped me and made it easier for me to achieve my goal. The teachers are willing to help you all the time and make  all the subjects enjoyable. I couldn't say anything bad about my experience in Crumlin College. I hope my testimony helps people to go ahead in the right direction. Thanks!

Joanne Hassett  (Fitness Instruction & Health Studies/Personal Training)


I am a mature student and I went back to college to follow my dream and to get my qualification for the job I really want. I studied Fitness and Health. I learned so much from the teachers, they really pushed me to my full potential. I am now a fully qualified gym instructor and the course  has given me back my confidence and allowed me show my true potential. It doesn't matter how old or young you are you should always go for a job you will love . The teachers and mentors are fantastic at Crumlin College. My plan after second year is to progress with advanced entry to IT Tallaght.

Craig Kelch, Sports Therapy


I feel like the summer introductory course to Anatomy & Physiology with Noreen helped me greatly. I was out of education for nearly 10 years and even though I felt the course was the right step for me, I needed to be sure I was able for the demands of college life and work too. I have always been into fitness and sports but started to look at it from a different perspective when I dislocated my shoulder playing a match.  When returning back to soccer I dislocated the other one and wanted to know why this happened and how I could prevent it from happening in the future.
Throughout last year I particularly enjoyed learning anatomy & physiology, as well as massage, and I also enjoyed swimming and first aid. I feel like the course last year has laid the foundations of my future career and has given me a great head start on my 3rd level education.



Darragh Travers,  Sports Therapy


I went to study Sports Therapy full time at Crumlin College last year as a mature student. After finishing the first year I am now progressing into the second year of the course. The course itself has helped me a lot with getting back on track with my education as I hope to progress into a level 8 course after finishing the second year. The teachers are extremely helpful with anything you need. The course goes into great detail about the human body and has a range of subjects and qualifications at the end of it. I most enjoyed anatomy and physiology. Although it is a tough subject, it was explained extremely well to the whole class. At the end of the year you become a fully qualified gym instructor and lifeguard which is great.  

Anthony BSF Student


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Second Year Sports Students

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How to find us

Crumlin College of Further Education, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

+353 1 454 0662

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