Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sports Management & Coaching CW858

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  • CW858
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  • 700 Portfolio
  • 4 Years
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What is the Course about?

The field of sports management and coaching is changing rapidly. Professional sporting bodies require their management and coaching staff to not only have excellent understanding of their chosen sport, but to equally have strong business and marketing management skills.

This four-year honours degree course is the only one of its kind in Ireland and is delivered in association with the major sporting bodies including FAI, GAA and Leinster Rugby.

The Sport Management and Coaching programme develops students skills and knowledge in equal measures between the student's chosen sport (GAA, Rugby or Soccer) and the business aspects of management and coaching. Mandatory subjects over the life of the programme include: player development; coach education; anatomy and physiology; writing and research; sports management; finance; sponsorship and media management; performance management; nutrition; strategic management. Students will normally have three business and three sports related modules which vary slightly, depending on the chosen sport.

On completion of the programme, students will have a detailed understanding of:
Player development;

  • Coach education;
  • Sport finance;
  • Sport media and marketing;
  • Strength & conditioning;
  • Programme planning;
  • Performance Analysis.

Special Features:

  • This is the only programme of its kind in Ireland and is delivered in association with the GAA, FAI and Leinster Rugby.  Competitive IT Carlow team environment in GAA, rugby and soccer with 2015 national title wins including; Senior Hurling Division 1 League Champions 2015/16; Fitzgibbon Cup Quarter Finalists; Quarter Finalist of Division 1 League; Sigerson Cup Quarter Finalists; Fresher 7-A-Side League Champions; Men's CUFL Premier Winners 2015/16; Women's Intervarsity Premier Winners 2015/16.  
  • 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.
  • Exit award - Bachelor of Arts Sports Coaching and Business Management (GAA, Soccer, Rugby) after Year 3.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme may be eligible to progress to the Masters of Business programme or the MSc in Sports Performance Analysis.

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 sports-related careers including sports development officers, sports management, club development and/or administration, sport coaching and fitness instruction.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 6 subjects with at least 2 subjects at Higher Level Grade H5 or better.
  • 4 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7.

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. Applicants must nominate one of three sports: rugby; GAA or soccer.

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


Sport Common Portfolio Form march 2016.pdf

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Myles Kelly, BComm, FCA, DipCompSc