Bachelor of Arts Sports Coaching & Business Management (Rugby) CW817

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW817
  • 15
  • 700 Portfolio
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
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What is the Course about?

Sports bodies require their management and coaching staff to have well-rounded understanding and knowledge, not only about their chosen sport but in the area 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. Both programmes run concurrently for the first three years.   

This three-year degree programme is delivered by IT Carlow in association with Leinster Rugby. It has been designed to provide a player-centred programme for the national domestic game of rugby, equipping graduates with the knowledge, understanding and competencies to pursue careers as players, coaches, managers and fitness instructors.  

The Sports Coaching and Business Management degree combines business and sports modules. Mandatory subjects over the life of the programme include: player development; coach education; anatomy and physiology; writing and research; sports management; finance; functional screening and fitness testing; strength and conditioning; sports marketing; coach education; programme planning and more.  

Special Features:

  • Programme delivered in association with Leinster Rugby and the IRFU Leinster Rugby.
  • IT Carlow has strong rugby teams that compete in major national competitions.  In 2015 IT Carlow ladies team won the Student Sport Ireland Intervarsity Championships and the men's team reached all four league finals.
  • Player development and football 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 programme may be eligible to progress to Year 4 of the BA (Honours) Sport Management and Coaching (CW858).

What exemptions will I receive?




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, business management and performance analysts.

Graduate Profiles

Corey Carty - 2008 - 2011 - BA in Sport and Exercise Rugby

During my time in IT Carlow I learned a lot including coaching development to IRFU Level 1. I was surrounded by a professional environment from day one. When not taking part in my academic studies, I was lucky enough to win three All-Ireland rugby medals - one as captain of the team. On qualifying, I became the Clubs and Societies intern in the college which gave me a much better understanding of the management side of rugby such as planning buses, meals and physios etc.

Since leaving IT Carlow, I have gone on to become the Club Community Rugby Officer for both West Offaly Lions and Wexford Wanderers. Alongside this, I also handle the screening and coaching of youth players entering the Leinster System in the south east. This year I wasappointed coach of the IT Carlow’s men’s team.

IT Carlow gave me both the knowledge and the experience to start coaching at an elite level and I firmly believe I would not be in the position I am now without them.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Portfolio: Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio with details of applicant's playing, administration and coaching background.

Mature applicants must also submit portfolio and will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.



Rugby Portfolio Form march 2016.pdf

For Further Information Contact

Programme Leader
Brett Igoe