Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Sport with Business

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG147
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required 270*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

This course is the first of its kind in Ireland - a three year Hons Degree at L8 that combines sports-related modules with the development of sound business acumen. The programme is a fusion of business related disciplines with those of sport and physical activities.

Sport and physical activity is big business and this programme prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities ranging from sports development, health promotion, marketing, management to teaching, coaching and setting up your own business.


We will equip you with the knowledge and professional skills and competencies required to work within the sports/fitness/leisure environment.

The theoretical subjects will provide you with an understanding of the social and cultural factors which influence sport, while the business subjects will provide the necessary knowledge and skills in management, finance and computing to administer and manage in a commercial setting.

You will have the ability to create, implement and evaluate fitness programmes in a commercial/community setting. . You will be introduced to a range of disciplines relevant to a sports/physical activity/fitness settings including personal fitness/teaching and coaching/health promotion.

You will be able to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of coaching programmes to a wide variety of population groups

Additional Certifications:

You can also achieve these extra sports qualifications over the period your studies:

  • Level One and Two IHF Community Walking Leader
  • EQF Level 4 Personal Trainer
  • Royal Lifesaving Society National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (with Automated External Defibrillation)
  • Irish Water Safety Level 2 Swim teacher award
  • GAA - Foundation or level 1 award
  • IRFU - Lep (Leprechaun) Rugby award
  • Basketball Ireland - Introductory Basketball Award

REPs Ireland

REPS logoREPs Ireland is a Register of Exercise Professionals. REPs Ireland accepts exercise professionals onto the professional register when they achieve qualifications and awards that meet industry standards & have been independently Quality Assured. IT Sligo is registered as an approved provider reflecting the professional approach to our delivery.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Normal CAO entry requirements for L8 entry apply. 

4 grade O6 and 2 Grade H5.

Garda vetting:

You should note that all entrants to this course will be required to undergo vetting by the Garda Síochána. If you have a criminal conviction in Ireland or elsewhere, this may adversely impact on your ability to undertake a professional placement or to secure employment.

Successful applicants for this course will be required to undergo a medical evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify students with special exercise requirements. This information is strictly confidential and any offer made will not be withdrawn on the basis of medical information supplied.

Hepatitis B vaccination will be required for work placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to pursue careers in a wide range of business and services sectors such as commercial leisure enterprises, public leisure and sporting enterprises, sports development roles in national governing bodies or local authorities, sports clubs, games promotion officers, personal coaching enterprise and community work. Through the incorporation of work-based projects and work placements, graduates will be ‘work ready’ and able for integration in the workplace.

Some will become self‑starters and establish their own business in the fitness/physical activity‑related field.

Further Study

Applicants may pursue a range of post-graduate opportunities including a one year taught Masters in Marketing or a Masters/Phd by research. Our graduates also have the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching through postgraduate studies. Other areas of further study open to you upon graduation include health promotion, marketing, management and sports psychology.

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You can also achieve these extra sports qualifications over the period your studies:

  • Level One and Two IHF Community Walking Leader. 
  • EQF Level 4 Personal Trainer. 
  • Royal Lifesaving Society National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (with Automated External Defibrillation). 
  • Irish Water Safety Level 2 Swim teacher award. 
  • GAA - Foundation or level 1 award. 
  • IRFU - Lep Rugby award. 
  • Basketball Ireland - Introductory Basketball Award.