Sports Studies and Physical Education BEd (Hons)

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Course Code: CK116

Course Title: Sports Studies and Physical Education

College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Sports Studies and Physical Education

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BEd (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165. Costs may include €150 for SSPE sports clothing; and €400 for the Assistant Swim Teachers Course.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Entry Points: 2017: 477


The Sport Studies and Physical Education degree is a dynamic course that aims to produce the best educators in physical education, sport and physical activity settings. As well as qualifying to teach PE, you will also graduate in a chosen specialist arts subject from one of the following: English (five places), Irish, Mathematics, French or History.

Graduates from our course display independent and innovative thinking and are agents of change in the area of sport, physical activity and physical education. Our staff are experts and leading researchers in their discipline.

Teaching, coaching and community placements are available throughout the course and we work in partnership with schools, clubs and the community, allowing you to become part of the teaching and coaching professional community from the beginning.

The course also operates a comprehensive mentoring programme involving buddy mentoring, tutor mentoring and teacher/coach mentors.

Course Details

Year 1 Modules (All 5 credits): 


AN1063 Anatomy of Exercise

ED1308 Psychosocial Basis of Physical Education, Sport & Health

ED1309 Movement Analysis

ED1310 Introduction to Exercise Physiology

ED1313 Health

ED1314 Practical Areas 1

ED1316 Placement 1

ED1322 Curriculum Design: Youth, Learning & Cultural Contexts

ED1323 Practical Areas 2


One Arts subject (15 credits) from English, French, Gaeilge/Irish, History or Mathematical Studies

In addition, you will learn about dance, gymnastics, striking and fielding, badminton, athletics and aquatics and adventure activities, as well as your a specialist Arts subject (The Arts subject is studied throughout all four years). You will also complete your first school/club placement under the guidance of a mentor.


Year 2 Modules:


Exercise Prescription; Exercise Physiology; Practical Areas; Physical Education Teacher & Coaching Pedagogy; Placement; Creativity & Innovation in Physical Education; Sport and Physical Activity


Arts subject continued from First Year (25 credits)

Practical modules include dance, gymnastics, GAA and rugby. You will also complete your second placement in a school setting where you will observe, plan and teach PE under the guidance of a mentor.


Year 3 Modules:


Skill Acquisition & Analysis; Sports Medicine; Curriculum & Assessment; Placement; Research Methods; Policy and Practice in Physical Education; Disability: Pedagogical Approaches to Physical Education


Coaching Science


Understanding Health & Wellness and Health Promotion

You will also focus on your specialist Arts subject during your third school-based placement, during which you will observe and teach this subject in a school under the supervision of a mentor.


Year 4 Modules:


Philosophy & History of Education; Professional Issues in Education; Approaches to Teaching & Assessment in Physical Education; Research Project; Placements; Historical & Philosophical Aspects of Physical Education


ED4309 Health 3 or ED4310 Coaching Science 3

and one from the following (all 5 credits)

ED4319 The Teaching of Irish; ED4328 The Teaching of English; ED4329 Second Language Education - French; ED4331 The Teaching of History; ED4334 The Teaching of Mathematics

You will be on a school placement, teaching PE and your specialist Arts subject for an entire school year (mornings only). You will then return to university for lectures, practicals and workshops in the afternoons.

You can find out more in the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Cert entry requirements:

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must apply for and sit the MSAP exam. Approximately five places are available on this course for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

Fitness to Practise

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

Student Garda Vetting
All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including in-class tests, oral presentations, assignments, end-of-semester exams, portfolios and reflections, microteaching/microcoaching etc. You will develop invaluable transferable skills of independent, critical thinking by completing these wide-ranging assessments.

Who Teaches This Course

Dr Fiona C. Chambers - Course Director and Senior Lecturer 

Dr Susan Crawford  -  Lecturer 

Ms Trish Fitzpatrick -  Lecturer and Teaching Practice Coordinator

Dr Wesley O Brien – Lecturer

Further Contact Information

Ms Marie Nash, Programme Administrator

t: +353 21 4903055 

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