<small>Proficiency Award 4 in </small><span>Recreation Studies Fitness</span>

Proficiency Award 4 in Recreation Studies Fitness

Course Code VRE007
Qualification Proficiency Award 4
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 2500 Hours

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Successful completion of this course may assist the student to gain employment in the following fields: Health Club Manager, Recreation Officer, Technical Officer, Marketing Manager, Recreation/Fitness Consultant, Vocational Trainer.


Since this is a self-paced learning program, the student can study at a rate according to their ability and capabilities. This course may be studied over 3 years or less on a full time basis, or up to 8 years on a part time basis.

Brief outlines of Selected Modules:

Leisure Management I

Develop Marketing Skills for the Leisure Industry
During this course you will learn to develop strategies to market recreation facilities or services. The course shows you how to do things such as: Develop marketing and promotions to maintain or increase business; Manage the delivery of a service to ensure customer satisfaction; Monitor a membership database to ensure return business and Manage complaints.

Leisure Management II

(HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR THE LEISURE INDUSTRY). Develops management strategies for human resources in a recreation or fitness service, or facility. People are a key resource for any business. This course develops an understanding of important human resource issues such as work schedules, developing a team approach, team performance, staff recruitment, evaluating staff performance, and communication between staff. Builds on Leisure Management I, but can stand alone.

Leisure Management III

(ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR THE LEISURE INDUSTRY) Develop management strategies for clerical and financial operations in a recreation or fitness environment. Keeping accurate and efficient financial records is paramount for successful business. During this course you will learn to develop strategies for manageing clerical and financial aspects for a recreation facility or service. The course covers financial records, budgets, legal reporting, liasing, managing documents, forming a resource library, and using informaiton technology.

Leisure Management IV
This module will enable the learner to develop management policy, procedural, and planning aspects of a recreation oriented service or facility. This course covers policy development and management, meeting operational procedures, planning process managment, meeting and conference management as well as supervising reports.

Human Health & Fitness I

There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. Introduction to Health & Fitness
  2. Exercise Physiology
  3. Exercise Principles & Cardiorespiratory Programming
  4. Biomechanics & Risk
  5. Fitness Program Design
  6. Delivering a Fitness Program
  7. Safety, Injury and General Wellbeing
  8. Fitness Programs for Special Groups

Human Biology I

There are 6 lessons as follows:

  1. Cells & Tissues - 
    Explains the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues and membranes.
  2. The Skeleton - 
    Examines features of the human skeletal system.
  3. The Muscular System - 
    Describes the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.
  4. The Nervous System – 
    Looks at the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.
  5. Digestion & Excretion - 
    Explains different physiological systems of digestion and excretion in the body.
  6. Physiological Systems – 
    Focuses on the different physiological systems of the body.

Leisure Facility Management I

This comprehensive introductory course focuses on the management and development of recreational facilities (eg. Leisure centres, Swim Centres, Sporting complexes, Gymnasiums, Health clubs etc.) Over 13 lessons, it deals with both day to day management as well as more broad based planning, development and redevelopment.

Leisure Facility Management II

Half of this course focuses on facility design and the other half on managing maintenance of a facility. Students are assumed to have some broad experience or knowledge in Leisure Facility Management (Managing daily use is covered in far more detail in the first course, but not in this one).

Business Studies

There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. Establishment Procedures – aims to teach the student how to select appropriate procedures for the establishment of a small business
  2. Management Procedures – teaches the student how to select appropriate procedures for the management of a small business
  3. Communication in Business – how to develop procedures for communicating with suppliers and customers of a small business
  4. Problem Solving – how to develop procedures for addressing problems in a small business
  5. Staff Management – looks at how to plan the management of staff in a small business
  6. Productivity – learn how to develop strategies for managing production in a small business or department within a larger organisation.
  7. Financial Management – how to carry out different financial management tasks used in small business or department within a larger organisation
  8. Marketing Techniques – Evaluation of marketing techniques used in business

Biochemistry Plants
Biochemistry is the chemistry of living things. This 
introductory course concentrates on the chemistry of either animals or 
plants. Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it 
is not essential. Lessons cover biochemical substances and 
terms, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, proteins, 
metabolism, the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, respiration, 
transpiration, acidity and alkalinity, nutrition, hormones, 
chemical analysis and biochemical applications in the 

Instructional Skills
There are 11 lessons with a written assignment to be submitted at the end of each lesson as follows:

1. Introduction to Training – Communication
2. Understanding Learning
3. Determining Training Requirements in The Workplace
4. Commencing Training
5. Developing a Lesson Plan
6. Assessment and Evaluation of Training Programs
7. Training Aids
8. One-To-One Training
9. Motivation Skills and Techniques
10. Promoting Training
11. Assessor Training

Workplace Health and Safety 
An important subject area applicable to all industries. This 
course covers the following topics: 
* Introduction to workplace health and safety, procedures, duty of care 
* Legislation 
* Handling chemicals, including pesticides, cleaning chemicals, explosives, petrol 
* Handling equipment: tools and machinery 
* Handling objects: lifting, manual handling 
* Standards and rules: safety audits, codes of practice 
* Signs and signals: communicating in the presence of noise, eye problems, hazardous chemicals

Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

Student support

We live in a society where the pressures of daily living are high with financial expenses, personal and work commitments, and mortgage and rental obligations. Then there are the unexpected life challenges that also get thrown our way. With this in mind the thought of taking on study can be daunting for most people. Here at Learning Cloud we understand that life doesn’t run in a straight line it has many ups and downs.

As an enrolled student at Learning Cloud, you are entitled to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Services Unit. These supports are designed to walk beside you throughout your studies they will assist you in life’s ups and downs to provide you the best opportunity to successfully complete your chosen course.


  • Careers Counselling Service
  • General Counselling Service
  • Disability Liaison Service
  • Retention & Engagement Service
  • Student Activities
  • Accommodation
  • E Counselling
  • Your-Tutor
  • Parent support
  • Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)

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How will this course advance my career?

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How else will I benefit from studying with Learning Cloud?

  • Studying online or distance means you can study where you want and at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.