Griffith College

Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)

Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)

Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)

Personalised Learning for Personal Growth

 Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sports)
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:7
Duration:5 months

The Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport) is designed to specifically address identified needs of high performance and professional athletes in the area of professional development and transition management. 

The programme, developed in consultation with the Irish Institute of Sport is suitable for both current athletes in preparation for the future and recently retired athletes.

The programme offers personalised learning, convenience and flexibility to meet the needs of each participant.

Career transition or dual career development for an athlete is a complex issue with many variables to consider. The need for training in this area has been widely identified within the sporting community at both national and international levels. This programme has been designed to address some of these specific variables with its key focus on developing skills in IT, communication and personal management.

The Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport) empowers the participants to take ownership of their personal and professional development and provides them with a recognised award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

This Certificate addresses a training need for athletes, a need which has been identified at national and international level.

The programme is validated as a level 7 programme by QQI, Quality and Qualifications Ireland. Upon successfully passing all assignments, participants will receive a Special Purpose Award (Certificate) in Dual Career Development (Sport). The programme consists of 20 ECTS. This award will act as a bridge for participants into further programmes of study at diploma or degree level, or can be used as a tool to aid life planning and career development.  



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The programme consists of two modules – Personal Management and Communications & IT Skills. Participants will complete the programme over a five month period attending lectures on campus and online.

Each module has been carefully developed to focus on the key skills needed by the participants both during and after their sporting careers. 

The content outlined below has been informed by the Irish Institute of Sport and research on the education needs of individuals from range of sporting backgrounds. Both modules are assessed through 100% coursework and participants will complete a series of projects over the course of the programme.

Module 1: Communication and IT Skills:

  • Dealing with the Media
  • Oral, Visual and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Social Media Management
  • IT, Research and Study Skills


Module 2: Personal Management:

  • Personal Finance 
  • Understanding Contracts & Negotiation
  • Developing Your Personal Brand 
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Participants should hold a level 6 award or equivalent and be involved in their sport at the highest level. Applicants may be permitted to enter the programme on the grounds of their life and work experience. 

Griffith College will also provide a bridging programme for candidates who do not meet the entry requirements to provide a platform for those who would benefit from the programme but due to their involvement in sport from an early age, may not have the required entry requirements.


Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course? They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office by:

Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8

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  •     Please note: In compliance with the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, a 2% academic bonding levy is applied in addition to all programme and registration fees relating to all QQI programmes or modules.
  •     Please note: that a Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.


EUR 1,260
How to Apply

Applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website homepage

Due to the unique nature of this programme, each applicant will be sent a short questionnaire to complete regarding their involvement in sport and personal and professional development. 

Applicants under 23 years on Jan 1st 2015 will be asked for a copy of their Leaving Certificate results / FETAC qualifications or equivalent. Applicants over 23 years on 1st January, 2015 will be asked for a copy of their passport.


Academic Progression: 

Candidates who successfully complete the Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sports) will have completed (at least) 20 ECTS from higher education programmes which can be used for access to programmes as well as transfer and progression.   

The progression paths available to learners will depend on the particular focus of the degree programme being offered and how it fits that to the particular learner.  The intention of the programme is to offer successful learners a wide variety of progression paths based on their personal academic and professional goals.

The programme offers personalised learning and the mentoring team will work with each participant on developing a long term, personal development plan to suit their individual interests and skills. 

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.