If you are passionate about sports and would love to make it a successful full-time career, Dundalk Institute of Technology have the perfect course for you. DkIT’s BA Degree in Sport, Exercise and Enterprise is a 3-year industry recognised course that produces high calibre and award-winning graduates who are work ready and very employable. This course combines academic theory with practical application to improve students’ understanding of sport, exercise and physical activity throughout the life span. The course content is specifically aimed at developing skills and theory relevant to children, youths, adults, older adults, and special populations and reflect the changing nature of participation throughout growth, maturation, and aging. Students can achieve a wide range of coaching qualifications including GAA, FAI, Athletics, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Disability Inclusion Training, giving students significant employable skills for the workplace.
This Level 7-Degree course also presents students with a unique opportunity to develop leadership, business and entrepreneurial skills in an environment that demands academic rigour as well as practical application.
Padraig McGrogan Course Graduate “My experience of this course is that it was extremely enjoyable. I got a wide range of knowledge with many groups of people including young children, teenagers, and people with disabilities. We got the opportunity to see all aspects of sport and physical activity including coaching, various qualifications such as gym instructor and sports events planning along with all the other useful business aspects of the industry.
I loved the balance of practical work and theory. The work placement gave me an insight into sports development in the Dundalk Sports Centre and the work done by Louth Local Sports Partnership. I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to get into a sporting profession. The course workload whilst full on at times, is very manageable once you keep on top of deadlines and start early. Lecturers are very helpful and always willing to give a helping hand to students”.
Stephen Mulligan Course Graduate: "I found the delivery of the content was excellent particularly the practical elements. As someone who doesn't like to have my head stuck all day in a book or laptop the practical modules really suited my personality. As I went on to open my own business the course gave me a great foundation of practical skills to be successful. My company have also employed other graduates of the program as we are very confident, they will have been trained to an appropriate standard and are very competent in their roles. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking to build a long-term career in the health and fitness industry"
Other great reasons to consider this course is along with gaining a fantastic combination of theory, research, and practical techniques to understand and improve engagement in Sport and Physical activities throughout people’s life, you will also develop tools to help everyone involved in sporting activities from those who play sport for fun to elite athletes. Coaching Young People is also embedded into the 2nd year Physical activity in the Adolescent Years module. This has been made possible through the signing of an MOU in 2019 between DkIT and Sport Ireland Coaching.
By the end of the course, you'll have in-depth grounding in the fields of professional sport, health, and education which will assist you secure your ideal career when you graduate. You will also have the opportunity to continue with academic learning with a number of progressive, professional awards in Exercise and Fitness each year with the potential to gain a QCF Level 4 (NFQ level 6) and potential qualification as a specialist trainer with an add on Year 4. This, combined with modules designed to analyse and improve personal and team performance, makes you immediately employable as a professional practitioner.
The enterprise and business elements of the course focus on modules in creativity, innovation and teamwork, entrepreneurship, new venture development, social entrepreneurship, and graduate life skills. You will acquire the skills needed to assess current market conditions and develop your own business ideas. Furthermore, this course offers the opportunity to put theory into practice on Work Placement, where DkIT have built effective relationships with a number of innovative, supportive and exciting organisations. There is also the amazing opportunity to ‘Study abroad’ in UMEA University, Sweden, as part of our Erasmus programme.