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BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Sports Science - Full Time

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3 Years


Degree Level 8


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2019

BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Sports Science - Full Time

With the change in the Irish Education System and the introduction of Physical Education as a state exam subject, this course is equipped to meet the demands of the growing market for specialist trained PE teachers in Ireland. Each school will be required to employ a minimum of specialist trained PE teacher to deliver the new exam curricula, thus there will be a requirement for current teachers delivering PE without curricular content specialisation to retrain. Currently the number of institutes delivering PE as a curricular subject is limited (n=3). Research investigating effectiveness of Irish PE teachers has promoted the need for a single subject focus on PE (rather than the current dual qualification) therefore Portobello institute will be the first Institute to deliver single subject PE qualifications over 3 years.

Course Aims

The principal aim for all awards in this pathway is to educate students, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to their full potential at graduate level. The development of potential is viewed as comprising both subject-specific knowledge, as well as a range of transferable skills. The course is designed for those students considering entering the teaching profession. Students study a range of modules considering learning and teaching alongside the main sports science disciplines. Modules such as Practical Delivery in Sport & Physical Education, Inclusive Education and Contemporary Issue in PE provide the foundations for the Physical Education component. Excellent links with local schools allow all students to experience an education-based placement as part of their course. 

BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Sports Science

The degree is awarded at level 8

Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute.

The entry routes are as follows:

Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2019

Students may apply and be granted a "Conditional Offer" prior to completing the Leaving Certificate.

Step 1 - submit application

Step 2 - Attend Interview

Step 3 - Conditional Offer issued on the basis of successful achievement of LC requirements

Step 4 - Confirm acceptance of a place and pay deposit as detailed

Places can not be held open for applicants awaiting leaving certificate results, however should a student accept a place and then choose not to progress with this course, after first round CAO offers have been made, a refund of 75% of fees paid will be made. Refunds must be requested in writing on or before 23rd August 2019.

With a Leaving Certificate;

Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology*, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects.

*Students applying without LC Biology may complete QQI level 5 in Anatomy & Physiology, as a distance learning course, with Portobello Institute to compensate.


Without the required Leaving Certificate;

Applicants should meet one of the following criteria;

QQI level 5 major award containing a biology subject

ITEC level 2 award containing anatomy & physiology

An undergraduate degree in another subject

QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology - available through Portobello Institute

Mature entry at 21 years without meeting the above criteria

Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module


Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria

Step 3  - Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student  with London  Metropolitan University.

This is a full-time course delivered efficiently over 2-3 days per week for 3 academic  years. The academic year runs from October - June over 2 semesters.

Year 1 - Level 6

Foundation of Sports Psychology & Coaching - 30 credits

Introduction to Athletics & Games for Physical Education - 30 credits

Introduction to Gymnastics & Dance for Physical Education - 30 credits

Sports Reseach Skills - 30 credits


Year 2 - Level 7

Principal Factors in Sporting Teams & Individuals - 30 credits

Principals of Effective Coaching & Teaching - 15 credits

Contemporary Issues in Sport - 15 credits

Applied Principles and Teaching for Adventure Activities - 15 credits

Applied Principles and Teaching for Aquatics - 15 credits

Sports Science Research Methods - 15 credits


Year 3 - Level 8

Advanced Pedagogy for Disability PE - 30 credits

Advance Pedagogy for Health Promotion PE - 30 credits

Curriculum Development - 30 credits

Dissertation in Physical Education - 30 credits

Learning Outcomes

On completing the course the student will be able to:

●Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to work as a physical education teacher or sports coach.
●Critically evaluate the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education
●Propose appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sport, exercise and physical education
●Facilitate the enhancement of physical education through effective teaching

Course price is €5490 per year.

Exam registration fee £220

Fees are payable as follows:

40% of tuition fee due upon acceptance of an offer of a place, balance and exam registration fees are due 28th August annually

Places are not confirmed until tuition fees are paid.

Easy Payment Plan

40% of tuition fee due upon acceptance of an offer of a place

20% due 28th August, 28th November, 28th January

Instalment fee payable - €295 spread over the 4 scheduled payments

Places are not confirmed until initial tuition fee is received by Portobello Institute.


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Course Progression

Graduates from this course can progress to complete a Professional Masters in Education.


What’s been a core highlight for David whilst studying his sports degree at Portobello Institute has been the full support system that is in place for learners. Full story

David Poff


Matthew is continuing with his education studying his PGCE (Post Graduate Certification in Education) in the UK and is currently enrolled at Exeter University in South West England. Full story

Matthew Bursey

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Course Code Location & Info Price
SPES-F-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

01/10/19 - 16/05/20
Times vary in accordance with the schedule
€5495 Book Now
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