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BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Sports Science - Flexible Delivery Mode

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3 Years


Degree Level 8


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Start Date
October 2019

BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Sports Science - Flexible Delivery Mode

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.


This degree is available to study full-time or through a flexible delivery mode. This mode combines contact tuition and online learning with supported seminars held over the weekend. This flexible learning option gives mature students and those working full-time, the opportunity to access this degree qualification that can lead to a career as a sports scientist in the area of performance analysis. This programme is delivered over 3 acdemic years each 8 months in duration. There are between 4 and 5 modules per academic year. Each module commences with a tutorial designed to support students progress through the module with a revision seminar held at the end of the academic year. A tutor is assigned to each student, for each module, with allocated one to one support time available. There is also a full-time programme manager available to offer students support during their learning journey.

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 flexible delivery programme with online learning and supported seminars at weekends over 3 academic years.

Year 1 - 05/10/19 - 23/05/20

An exact schedule of weekends will be released here on 07/06/19.

Each module commences with a supported seminar the purpose of which is to intoduce the module tutor, set out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.

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 €4,795 per academic year

Exam fee £220 per academic year - due at start of academic year

Easy Payment Scheme:

Deposit of €1,200, 6 monthly payments of €633 per month payable by debit/credit card on 5th of each month, commencing month after the academic year commences. Total payable is €4,998 per academic year

Please note if you  wish to pay by instalment, contact our enrolments department on 01-8920041 as our website can only process full payment.


01 892 0041

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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SPES-B-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

Weekend seminars are held on Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am - 4.30pm
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