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Adapted Physical Activity

This course covers a broad spectrum of topics, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote inclusivity, accessibility, and overall well-being through physical activity.

Unique to Kerry College New for 2024

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  • Location
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  • Duration
    9 weeks
  • Certification
    QQI Level 5
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Course overview

Adapted Physical Activity (APA) is a specialised field that focuses on modifying and tailoring physical activities to meet the unique needs and abilities of individuals facing physical, sensory, intellectual or mental health challenges. This course covers a broad spectrum of topics, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote inclusivity, accessibility, and overall well-being through physical activity.

Inclusive Programme Design: Participants will gain practical experience in developing and adapting physical activity programmes that cater to individuals with different abilities. This includes understanding the importance of modifying activities to promote participation and enjoyment for all.

Understanding Disabilities: The course delves into various disabilities and conditions, providing insights into their impact on physical activity. Participants will gain a broad and prictical understanding of how to address specific needs and challenges associated with different disabilities.

Assessment and Evaluation: Practical skills in assessing individuals’ abilities and designing appropriate activities will be a key focus. Participants will learn both theoretical content and skills in how to tailor programmes that enhance participants’ physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Communication and Collaboration: Effective communication is vital in the field of adapted physical activity. The course emphasises the importance of collaborating with individuals, families, and other professionals to create a supportive environment for diverse populations.  It also looks at the importance of the language used in disability contexts.

Legal and Ethical Considerations: Participants will explore the legal and ethical aspects of working in adapted physical activity settings. This includes understanding and implementing policies related to safety, and equality.

This module would be very beneficial for people working with people with disabilities especially in relation to sport or physical activity. E.g. Outdoor Activity Instructors, Tour Guides, SNA’s, Teachers, Healthcare workers, Personal Trainers, Coaches  etc.  It may even appeal to parents who want to explore this area as an advocate for family members.

This course will run on Wednesday evenings 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and Saturdays 9.30 am to 4.30 pm in our Killorglin Campus for 9 weeks.


What will I study?

  • Adapted Physical Activity (5N4352)

What is the certification?

QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Adapted Physical Activity (5N4352)

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants must be 18+ years of age on entry to the course.

  • Competent written and spoken English (CEFR B2 or Higher).

  • Mature applicant route available for applicants aged 23+.

  • Leaving Cert, LCVP, LCA or QQI Level 4 Major Award.

  • Non-EU/EEA applicants must have permission to work in Ireland.

What is the cost?

There is a fee of €200 for this course.

A fee waiver is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. You can check your fee waiver eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

Still have questions?

Contact our Kerry College Admissions Offices – Tralee on 066 714 9696, Killarney on 064 662 2593 or [email protected]

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Mary on our Part-time courses team at 066-7149696.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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