Bachelor of Arts Sports Coaching & Business Management (GAA) CW807

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW807
  • 20
  • 700 Portfolio
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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What is the Course about?

Sports bodies require their management and coaching staff to have well-rounded understanding and knowledge of their chosen sport as well as in the area of business and management. A Sports Coaching and Business Management degree explores the cross-functional nature of business and sport and equips students with the necessary skills to attain careers in: sports management, club development, games development and club administration. Applicants can apply for both the BA (Honours) Sport Management and Coaching (CW858 - NFQ Level 8) Sports Coaching and Business Management (GAA), (CW807 - NFQ Level 7) on the CAO application. Both programmes run concurrently for the first three years.

This three-year degree programme is delivered by IT Carlow in association with Leinster GAA. The Sports Coaching and Business Management degree combines business and sports modules. Mandatory subjects over the life of the programme include: player development; coach education; anatomy and physiology; writing and research; sports management; finance; applied programme planning.  

IT Carlow runs this programme in association with Comhairle Laighean and the GAA which provides the tuition on the player development and games development modules.  

Special Features:

  • This is the only programme of its kind in Ireland and is delivered in association with the GAA.  
  • Competitive IT Carlow team environment in GAA, with 2015 national title wins including; All Ireland Hurling League and the Fr Meachair Cup in Camogie.  
  • Experienced coaches and coach educators from each of the sporting bodies deliver the player development and coach education modules of the course.
  • Premium sporting facilities including elite sports gym, general student gym, GAA and rugby pitches with full changing facilities and viewing stands.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme may be eligible to progress to Year 4 of the BA (Honours) Sport Management and Coaching (CW858).

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of sport related careers, including sport development officers, sport management, club development and/or administration, sport coaching and fitness instruction.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Portfolio: Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio with details of applicant's playing, administration and coaching background. 

Mature applicants must also submit portfolio and will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.


GAA Portfolio Form march 2016.pdf

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Brian Dunne, BSc, MSc

Programme Leader
Michael Dempsey