B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education

Welcome to B.Ed. (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education

The Bachelor of Education Sports Studies and Physical Education degree (BEDSSPE) is a dynamic four-year full-time course which qualifies you to teach Physical Education and your chosen specialist arts subject (one of the following: English (five spaces), Irish, Mathematics, French or History) at Secondary School level.

We aim to produce the best educators in physical education, sport and physical activity settings, and in the arts subject areas. Graduates from our course display independent and innovative thinking and are agents of change in the area of sport, physical activity and physical education.

You will study a wide variety of content areas, including: curriculum; teaching, coaching and learning; assessment; a range of sport and physical education activities; coaching science; health and wellness; disability and lots more. As our staff are experts and leading researchers in their discipline, you have access to the best available knowledge throughout the course.

There are several teaching, coaching and community placements throughout the course. During these placements, you gain practical experience in using an applied approach. The course works in partnership with schools, clubs and the community which allows you to become part of the teaching and coaching professional community from the beginning.

Students are supported throughout the course within a comprehensive mentoring programme involving buddy mentoring, tutor mentoring and teacher/coach mentors.

For further details please go to: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ck116/

Dr Fiona Chambers


Bachelor of Education (Hons) (Sports Studies and Physical Education)

About the Programme

Year 1

This is a foundational year. You will study curriculum; teaching and learning; health sociology; psychology; biomechanics; anatomy and physiology. In addition, you will learn about dance, gymnastics, athletics, badminton, striking and fielding, aquatics and adventure activities, as well as your specialist Arts subject (The Arts subject is studied throughout all four years). During this year, you will complete your first placement under the guidance of a mentor.

Year 2

In this year, you will investigate the teaching of physical education and sport through microteaching; the effects of exercise on the body; curriculum and classroom management. Practical modules in year 2 include dance, gymnastics, GAA and rugby. The second placement occurs in a school setting where you observe, plan and teach PE in a school under the guidance of a mentor.

Year 3

You will study sports medicine and skill acquisition and research methods. You will also choose from one of the pathways below:

  • Health and Physical Activity or
  • Coaching Science

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

Year 4

You are on school placement teaching PE and your specialist Arts subject for an entire school year [mornings only]. You then return to university for lectures, practicals and workshops in the afternoons. During this year, you engage in action research to improve your teaching practice and learn a wide variety of teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, you continue to learn about disability, sport health and wellness and coaching science to equip you for teaching and coaching in any setting.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of Programme Modules.


All student 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 his/her place on the programme in question. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether there are any criminal proceedings pending. The Gardai provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of 6 months or more (including permanent residence).
All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of 6 months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence. This Certificate should state that the student has no convictions recorded against him or her while residing there.


This programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here

For further information please go to: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ck116/ and see our SSPE Brochure 2016


Students should note that the following post-primary teaching subjects are currently supported on the programme: English, French, Gaeilge, History and Mathematics.

Important Note: A minimum number of students is required for subject-specific modules to run each year (cross-subject support may be provided if student numbers are low).

School of Education

Scoil an Oideachais

Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland