Galway Community College
Further Education

Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition

Exercise, Fitness & Nutrition


QQI Level 5 Course Code: 5M5146

Co-ordinator: Susie Cunningham


Course Outline

Students will gain the knowledge base and practical experience required by a health fitness professional in today's leisure industry. Successful students will be proficient in areas such as screening, fitness testing, programme development, class instruction and the general day to day running of a gym or leisure centre. They will acquire the relevant knowledge in anatomy, physiology and nutrition to ensure they are competent in their delivery of safe and effective fitness programmes.


  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology - 5N4648
  • Sports and Recreation Studies - 5N2667
  • Leisure Facility Administration - 5N4666
  • Exercise and Fitness - 5N2668
  • Work Experience - 5N1356
  • Communications - 5N0690
  • Nutrition - 5N2006


€175 GCC Student Services Fee applies to all learners

€50 Certification fee for QQI Level 5 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

€500 Course Fees applies to all students

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact .

Work Experience

This course provides the student with the opportunity to work with local gyms and leisure centers. Links developed here may benefit the student in their vocational area.

Special Features

Additional qualifications are available for eligible students and awarded by the following accredited bodies.

These include;

ITEC, NCEF, National Sporting Governing Bodies, Galway City Sports Partnership, Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and Sport Ireland.Additional Certification may incur additional fees.

Entry Requirements

QQI Level 4, minimum of 17 years of age at time of registration, Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, Equivalent qualifications from other countries, relevant life experiences, relevant work experiences and mature students.


For information please visit our Progression Page under Student Supports

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.

Please Note

Galway Community College reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

Feb 06
Bank Holiday - College Closed
Feb 13
Mid Term Break
Mar 17
College Closed
Apr 03
Easter Holidays
Wellpark Rd, Galway
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