What will I learn?

What is the Course about?

Sports bodies require their management and coaching staff to have a well-rounded understanding and knowledge not only about their chosen sport but also of business and management. A Sports Coaching and Business Management (Rugby) 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) and the BA Sports Coaching and Business Management (Rugby) (CW817 - NFQ Level 7) on the CAO application system. Both courses run concurrently for the first three years.

Special Features:

  • Course delivered in association with Leinster Rugby and the IRFU Leinster Rugby.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow has a strong rugby tradition of teams that compete in third level competitions. The men’s teams won the Fresher’s U20 O’Boyle Cup in 2016/2017 and the Senior Men’s team won the Brendan Johnson Cup in 2017 (5 times winners in the last seven years). The women’s team were the Student Sport Ireland Intervarsity champions in 2015.
  • Player development and coach education modules are delivered by experienced coaches and coach educators from Leinster Rugby.
  • Premium sporting facilities including elite sports gym, general student gym, and rugby pitches.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

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

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: games development, sports management, club development, personal coaching, coaching-fitness and business management.

Which department am I in?

Department of Sport, Media and Marketing

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€9,750.00 (US$ 10,568) per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2020

More details

Start date

Expected September 2020


Institute of Technology Carlow

Kilkenny Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.  Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent.

For international students

All students must have a Leaving Certificate: 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

English or Irish O6/H7

Mathematics O6/H7

The required evidence may take the form of either:

1. An approved English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result shall have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, and / or 2. Substantial education (minimum one academic year) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted through English and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment

English language requirements: TOEFL paper based 550; TOEFL computer based 213; TOEFL internet based (iBT) 79; IELTS 5.5; GCE O level English language – grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE) – B2+; TOEIC – 700; GCSE English – Grade C; Cambridge certificate in advanced English – Grade C; English test for academic and professional purposes (ETAPP) – B2+; Irish leaving certificate – ordinary level grade D.

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Pathways options

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