Recreation & Leisure Management (BBus)
Field of Study
Recreation and Leisure
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3 Years (6 Semesters)
The programme consists of lectures, tutorials, practicals, site visits and work placement. The leisure industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. This has created a demand for personnel with specialist knowledge and skills in recreation and leisure. The course combines technical skills and competencies with a strong business base. It also offers students the opportunity of acquiring appropriate practical and managerial expertise, which will enable them to be effective managers in the recreation and leisure industry.
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points
- undergo Garda vetting and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. In all circumstances, it is the applicant student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/cases pending. The University reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending. Please click here for more information.
Info re MTU Mathematics Exam only
Some students who apply to MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.
There is a mandatory supervised work placement of 5 weeks in Year 3 (e.g. Leisure Centres, Adapted Physical Activity Centres and Sports Coaching Settings).
Leaving Cert Subjects:
Helpful subjects are Business, English, Biology, and Accounting.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to Year 4 (final year) of Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Management (Level 8) or the one year (add-on degree) of Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Level 8).
Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies
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What is Recreation & Leisure Management?
The Recreation & Leisure Management programme combines health, fitness, sports and exercise related modules with core business modules. The programme prepares students to work in the business, sports and leisure sector of the economy and provides them with the specialist skills and competencies needed in these industries.
Recorded November 2021
MT 510 Course Location: MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork
The programme consists of lectures, tutorials, practicals, site visits and work placement. The leisure industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. This has created a demand for personnel with specialist knowledge and skills in recreation and leisure. The programme combines technical skills and competencies with a strong business base. It also offers students the opportunity of acquiring appropriate practical and managerial expertise, which will enable them to be effective managers in the recreation and leisure industry.
Active participation in sport is an advantage. However, applicants do not need to have exceptional ability or achievements in sport.
An integral and mandatory part of the programme is a five-week block of work placement in an area of recreation and leisure in semester 2 of year 3. Work placement opportunities exist in leisure centres, adapted physical activity centres, sports coaching settings, and sports development.
A number of industry recognised external qualifications are incorporated into the programme. These include REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Ireland Qualifications in the area of fitness instruction and personal training. Coaching Ireland awards in a variety of sports are incorporated into the sports coaching modules. Qualifications in Lifesaving, Swim Teaching, ITEC Massage Therapy, and Sports Massage can also be attained.
MTU, through the Recreation & Leisure Management programme, is an affiliated institution with the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), which is home to the most diverse network of sport science related institutions in the world with affiliates across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and North America.
Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for entry to year 4 (final year) of
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Management (Level 8)
or the one year (add-on) of
- Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Level 8)
An honours degree will greatly enhance a graduate’s career prospects at management level. In addition, the Bachelor of Business (Honours) satisfies the degree requirements of the Teaching Council. As with other recognised degrees, a postgraduate programme of initial teacher education, accredited by the Teaching Council, consisting of two years full-time study or 120 ECTS credits must subsequently be completed to be eligible for registration with the Teaching Council.
What areas of teaching am I qualified to teach in?
As with any Level 7 qualification, teaching is not an immediate possibility. However, for those students who choose to progress to the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Sport & Exercise Management or the Bachelor of Business (Honours), there are two primary possibilities to embark on further study in teacher education.
- Professional Master of Education (PME) in Primary Teaching, which is a 2-year Level 9 Qualification, as long as the applicant presents with the minimum Leaving Certificate examination requirement in Irish or suitable equivalent. The Department of Education and Skills recognises this PME to teach in primary schools.
- Professional Master of Education in Business Teaching, which is accredited by the Teaching Council. This Postgraduate Teacher Education programme is offered in several universities.
It is important to note there is no route into PE teaching from this course. Please see MT 915 and MT 911 which do provide a route into PE teaching
What type of business content is involved in the course?
Accounting, business administration, marketing, economics, management, and enterprise development are the business modules covered over the three years of this programme.
How is my time spent on the programme?
A mix of practical and theory classes make up the Recreation & Leisure modules and the Business related modules are mostly theory based. An estimated percentage of this Leisure to Business breakdown over the years is as follows: Year 1: 80/20, Year 2: 65/35, Year 3: 30/70 respectively.
Is it possible to obtain a Higher Certificate after two years?
Yes, students who successfully complete Year 2 and do not wish to progress to Year 3 will receive a Higher Certificate in Business in Recreation & Leisure.
Director of Sports
“From the Level 7 degree, I progressed to the one year add-on honours degree and graduated with BBus (Honours) in Sports and Exercise. It was CIT’s (now known as MTU) strong sporting community that drew me into college - it equipped me with experience in many sports. With this expertise, it was possible to become a Director of Sport, Developmental Officer, Personal Trainer, etc. I’m currently the Director of Sports in Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare. My main duties are management of coaches and sporting facilities, this includes a 25m swimming pool, gym, rugby pitches, and a 3g pitch.
I also oversee the delivery of programmes, and the procurement of sports equipment. I would advise anyone who wants to go down the coaching route, to volunteer from an early age to get the invaluable experience.”
Primary School Teacher
Juliet graduated with a BBus in Recreation and Leisure Management (Level 7) and with a BBus (Level 8). Several years later, she returned to full time education to pursue a postgraduate Primary Education degree. Juliet is a household name from her sporting exploits with the Cork Senior Ladies Football team. She is currently completing a Research Masters in CIT (now known as MTU) as part of the Project Spraoi Research Team.
“I really enjoyed my time in CIT (now known as MTU) and particularly all practical aspects of the Recreation and Leisure course. It is great that students may also progress to the Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise which is most definitely a growing industry.”
MTU has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all programmes. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
Full details of the modules on these programmes of study are available by clicking the following links
Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure Management
Higher Certificate in Business in Recreation and Leisure Management
For graduates who progress to the one year add-on, please check the modules for the
This programme offers access to a wide range of employment opportunities in the sport and leisure industry such as ▪ Leisure/Sports Centre Management ▪ Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach ▪ Sports Coaching/Team Management ▪ Swim Teaching and Lifeguarding ▪ Group Exercise Leadership ▪ Sports Development ▪ Health Promotion ▪ Community Recreation ▪ Sports Marketing.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Fitness instructor
- Personal trainer/strength and conditioning coach
- Leisure/sports centre management
- Sports coaching/Team management
CAO 1st Round:
Entry 2021: 343
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