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Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)

Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)


Learn to address the needs of high performance in the area of professional development and transition management.

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

Why study Dual Career Development at Griffith College?

The Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport) is conducted on a part-time basis over a five-month period. The programme offers personalised learning, convenience and flexibility to meet the needs of each participant.

  • You will receive a Level 7 Special Purpose Award (Certificate) recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • You will receive training in the crucial areas of career transition and dual career development.
  • You will develop key skills in IT, communication and personal management.
  • You will develop the tools to aid life planning and career development, empowering you to take ownership of your personal and professional development.
  • Option to further your studies in this area at both diploma and degree level.

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn

  • January 2020* 
  • September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say

Michael Conlan

I had a great experience in Griffith College. The content was really beneficial and the lecturers were top quality. Overall it has given me a real interest in learning again, something that was not a priority in my boxing career before now.

Michael Conlan
Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)
Declan McDonogh Horse Racing Ireland

This course has helped me develop both professionally and personally. The lecturing staff are very flexible and helped me balance my course work with my sporting commitments. I learnt some really practical skills like how to manage my online brand through social media and how best to negotiate contracts. 

Declan McDonogh
Certificate in Dual Career Development (Sport)
Course details

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.

Core Modules
Communication and IT Skills

This module is designed to address two key areas: firstly, to develop new communication skills and technology competencies and, secondly, to guide the learner on their self-evaluation process to recognising existing, transferable skills.  Emphasis is placed on how to develop and enhance these skills both within an individual and group context.  The ultimate goal of the module is to provide learners with a readiness for the next stage in their career development.  This combination of skill recognition and acquisition creates a strong personal development environment and builds learners confidence in their abilities to engage in third level education.

Personal Management

This module introduces learners to the basic principles of managing key aspects of their personal and professional lives.  The module combines theory and practice to build confidence and self-reliance while also encouraging reflective practice and continuous self-evaluation.  The areas explored are those that learners may abdicate responsibility for and/or do not appreciate the areas’ impact on their reputation/career.  Through the development of practical skills learners are able to take responsibility for aspects of their personal and professional life and solve problems across a variety of contexts.

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.

How to Apply

Entry 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.

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, 2018 will be asked for a copy of their Leaving Certificate results / FETAC qualifications or equivalent. Applicants over 23 years on 1st January 2018 will be asked for a copy of their passport.


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. 

Fee: EUR 1,410

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.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


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