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BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Coaching - Blended Learning

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Degree Level 8


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October 2020

BSc (Hons) Physical Education & Coaching - Blended Learning

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Do you want to begin your journey to becoming a PE teacher? If the answer is yes, then this BSc in Physical Education & Coaching will be of interest to you. With 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.  This course is designed for those students considering entering the teaching profession and will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of physical education. You will 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.  You will learn practical skills relating to work as a physical education teacher and a sports coach.

This honours degree has been designed by Portobello Institute for blended learning so you can study at your time. This delivery option gives mature students and those working or training full-time, the opportunity to access this degree qualification that can lead to a career in physical education or coaching. There is a combination of online learning and seminars delivered over the weekend, with one to one support available to you throughout your learning journey.  You will complete an education-based placement as part of their course.  There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Why should I study this degree?

Portobello Institute's BSc Hons in Physical Education & Coaching gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts whom bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this degree programme. You will have career opportunities as professional sports coach working with professional athletes and teams. You will also have the option, like many of our past pupils, to study a Professional Masters in Education and become a qualified PE teacher. Visit our Graduates Success Stories here to understand the opportunities they availed of, the further studies they have undertaken and their unique learning journeys.

What will I learn during this BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Coaching?

During this programme, you will learn about the principles of sports science as well as well as practical learning and teaching skills relating to work as a physical education teacher or sports coach. You will study modules such as Practical Delivery in Sport & Physical Education, Inclusive Education and Contemporary Issue in PE provide the foundations for the Physical Education component. You will learn how to facilitate the enhancement of physical education through effective teaching. You will understand principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support.  This mode of delivery includes contact tuition and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics. This type of delivery  allows you to work full-time and balance the requirements of a lengthy programme with home and work.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on this Physical Education & Coaching degree have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and combined practical experience in sports science and education. Each of our tutoring team are passionate about the contribution physical education and coaching plays in education of young people and the performance of athletes and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with you. Meet our Team by clicking here

Who will recognise my degree?

Upon completing this degree you will hold a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Coaching awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). 

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education & Coaching. This is awarded at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement. Further guidance on this framework is available here. 

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 programme is delivered over three academic years. There are supported seminars held at weekends with an exact schedule available on 22/07/19.

Weekend seminar dates Sept 2020

Seminars & Tutor Support

The tutorial seminars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These seminars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need in this field. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion.  This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapy practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.

Online Learning Portal - Moodle

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate Moodle and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessment. You will need basic computer skills to search the internet and type a word document to complete your assignment.

Weekend seminar dates 19/20 


During your studies, you will develop subject-specific knowledge and the ability to relate this to the teaching of physical education.

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 €275 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. This payment scheme contains a nominal €203 instalment fee. Total payable is €5,273 per academic year

Please note if you  wish to pay by instalment, contact our enrolments department on 01-892-0041 as our website can only process full payment.

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

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-B-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

03/10/2020 - 28/05/2021
This course is delivered for flexible learning with workshops held on a Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am - 4.30pm on the dates detailed under course structure
€4795 Book Now
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