Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management

Bachelor of BusinessRecreation & Sport Management

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        181 - 565
Cork Road
3 years
180 ECTS

What is the Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management?

The Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Sport Management is a three-year degree course, which provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the wider sport, leisure and business industries. The course is based on three pillars of sport studies, recreation and leisure and business management. Students who successfully complete this programme can progress into the level 8 Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Recreation and Sport Management (WD212).

Unique Features

Bachelor of Business

This qualification provides graduates with a business degree which extends employment options into a wider array of fields.

Work Placement:

Students complete 14 weeks of work placement in year three of the course. This provides vital real-world experience for students in their chosen area of interest while also expanding their knowledge and skill base. Placements can include leisure centres, national governing bodies (e.g. FAI, GAA, IRFU), local sports partnerships and national organisations (e.g. Special Olympics, Paralympics Ireland). Opportunities for placements abroad are also available.

Industry Engagement

Being industry ready is a key philosophy of this sports degree. In 2nd year, students have a class free day where they will visit both local and national sport, recreation and leisure facilities throughout the semester. Guest lecturers are also a core part of learning in many modules at each stage of the course.

Practical Components

There is a number of modules in the course with a practical emphasis. In sports pedagogy, for example, students gain the basic skills of a number of sports for the purposes of leading youth groups in a variety of sporting activity contexts. Other modules with practical components include event management, outdoor recreation, adapted physical activity and social media and digital professionalism. The practical fitness instruction stream allows students to gain professional qualifications in gym and group fitness instruction. Students can also obtain first aid, lifeguard, swim teaching and various coaching qualifications.


Students have a wide array of electives to choose from. This includes modules from each of the streams (e.g. sports coaching, performance psychology, sports marketing, social media and digital professionalism, group fitness instruction, adapted physical activity). These streams allow students to progress onto modules that suit their career objectives.

Research Specialism

Students complete a research project in the final two semesters of the programme. This allows students to conduct specialist research in a niche area of their choosing. This can be done in conjunction with industry to further enhance their career prospect opportunities.

Reserved Places

A number of places may be allocated to applicants of outstanding achievement and potential in sporting activities that have reached the minimum academic entry requirements but fail to make the entry points required. To compete for one of these places, applicants must complete and return a supplementary application form before a date specified by the college (marked on the form). The college will issue a copy of this form to everyone who puts this course as one of their choices before February 1st. Sports scholarships are made available to selected suitable candidates.

pdf Reserved places policy

Professional Accreditation

The practical fitness instruction modules are accredited against European Health Fitness Association (EHFA) standards, enabling students to gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals in Ireland (REPS Ireland). Membership of REPS Ireland qualifies students to work in Ireland and abroad in many countries.

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In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Communication Skills for College and the WorkplaceApplied Human Resource Management
IT and Research SkillsPrinciples of Marketing
Introduction to Sport and Exercise SciencePhysiology for Sport and Exercise
Introduction to Sports Business PracticeRecreation Planning
Sport Pedagogy 1Sociology of Sport
Sports StudiesSport Pedagogy 2
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Accounting and Financial InformationEconomics
Event ManagementExercise Programming
Services Marketing PracticeFacility Operations
Sports and Exercise PsychologyIT Applications
Sports LawProject Management in Recreation and Sport
Strength and ConditioningSport and Event Tourism
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Enterprise and EntrepreneurshipIndependent Learning
Financial Decision MakingPlacement
Recreation and Social Interventions
Research Methods and Statistical Analysis
Choose two of the following electives: (Elective options are subject to numbers applying)
*Adapted Physical Activity
*Group Fitness Instruction
*Outdoor Recreation
*Sports Coaching
*Teaching and Assessment Methodologies for Aquatics
* = Elective module

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management

5 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management

Advanced Entry - Years 2,3,4 or 5
Non-EU Applicants
QQI FET Progression Entry Route
Mature Entry Route


Sports scholarships are also made available to selected suitable candidates. The WIT Sports Scholarship scheme offers a range of support services to successful students including financial, academic and sports science support. Scholarship students of the Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management course can gain academic credits based on their sporting commitments.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management have found employment in such areas as:

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