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 about their chosen sport but also 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: sport 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 (CW827 - NFQ Level 7) on the CAO application. Both courses run concurrently for the first three years.

Special Features:

  • Course delivered in association with the FAI.
  • Graduates will acquire an academic qualification while gaining the opportunity to develop as a footballer and to obtain coaching qualifications.
  • Competitive Institute of Technology Carlow team environment in Soccer. Men’s CUFL Premier Winners 2015/16 and Women’s Intervarsity Premier Winners 2015/16.
  • Player development and football education modules are delivered by experienced coaches and coach educators from FAI with the opportunity to attain your UEFA B Coaching Qualification in the 3rd year of the course.
  • Premium sporting facilities including elite sports gym, general student gym, and floodlit soccer pitch.

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:

  • FAI Development Officer
  • FAI Administration
  • Sports Management
  • Club Development
  • Academy Football Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Video Analyst
  • Coach Education
  • Business Administrator
  • International Coaching Positions
  • Professional/Semi Professional Footballer.

Which department am I in?

Department of Sport, Media and Marketing

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€9,750.00 (US$ 10,550) per year
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

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Niagara College