Third level sports courses for a career in sport

There’s now a wide range of sports-related courses available to prospective college students.
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If you’re interested in sport and think you could make a career out of it, there are a number of courses you can study at third-level.

Studying a sports courses at third level

Below are some of the sports-related courses that you might find across different colleges in Ireland.

Sports management

This course will aim to teach you management skills and coaching techniques. You will also be given an education on the business aspects of sports management.

Potential careers include:

  • management/marketing of athletes or teams
  • sports facility manager (such as at a gym, sports club or leisure centre)
  • sports/fitness entrepreneur
  • coaching
  • sports development officer

Sport and recreation

Courses such as this tend to focus on the administrative side of running a sports facility like a gym or leisure club. Course content includes modules on customer service and leisure facility administration, as well as coaching, sports development and performance analysis.

Potential careers include:

  • sports/leisure club management
  • retail management
  • coaching
  • gym instructor
  • personal trainer
  • sports development officer

Sports coaching

This can be a fairly broad topic of study. It includes topics such as the key characteristics of successful coaching, sports development, strength and conditioning and performance analysis. There’s also course also includes elements of sports science.

Potential careers include:

  • coaching
  • sports development officer
  • gym instructor
  • personal trainer

Sports psychology

If you’re interested in exploring into the minds of athletes, this could be the course for you. Sports psychologists help athletes to develop mental skills and improve sporting performance. You’ll be studying how to identify the psychological skills important for success in sport, and the theory-based interventions that help to develop these mental skills.

Specific modules include motivation, self-confidence and mental rehearsal (visualisation).

Potential careers include:

  • sports psychologist
  • general psychology

Sports science

This course focuses on core science subjects like chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology, and how to apply these in a sporting context for athletic development. It also includes practical classes and sessions in sport and physical activity. You will be taught how to conduct fitness assessments and communicate methods of health promotion.

Potential careers include:

  • sports consultant
  • gym instructor
  • personal trainer
  • coaching
  • sports development officer
  • physiotherapy
  • nutritionist

Sports nutrition

This course looks at how nutrition can be used for enhancing the performance of athletes. You’ll learn the knowledge and skills required to provide sound, scientific sports nutrition advice to athletes. You’ll also have to assess the nutritional requirements of athletes and develop nutritional strategies to enhance their performance.

Potential careers include:

  • sports nutritionist
  • general nutritionist
  • dietician

What subjects are useful for sports courses?

If you want to study a sports course, it usually helps to have some knowledge of science/biology and how the human body works.

If you’re more business-minded than science-minded, there are also a wide range of career opportunities available across a number of sporting platforms.

Need more information?

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