Course Description

BA (Hons) Physical Education

Course Details

Delivered over 3 years, the BA (Hons) Physical Education programme aims to develop your critical understanding of physical education, through theoretical, practical and work-based learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to qualify and work in professional sports coaching and the option to study a PGCEi and a MSc Physical Education.


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.

A degree from a recognised global leading sports science university

This degree is designed to professionally develop practitioners to progress in both their practical and future academic career. Awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), graduates will hold an instantly recognised degree from one of the world’s leading universities for sports science and physical education.

This BA (Hons) Physical Education course has been co-developed by Portobello Institute and the expert academic team in LJMU who have an international reputation for the delivery of physical education degrees.

This PE degree combines practical and theoretical aspects of physical education and provides work experience opportunities at each level of study within the school and local community settings.

Alternative route to PE teaching with this programme.

Our students can use this BA (Hons) in Physical Education as an  entry pathway to becoming a PE teacher. Portobello Institute offers a Post Graduate Certificate in Continuing Education (PGCEi) with an MSc in Physical Education available from October ’23. These programmes combined are delivered over 2 academic years, offering graduates further opportunities to develop their expertise in physical education. Alternatively, many of our past students have used qualifications gained from Portobello Institute to gain entry to other universities to study post-graduate qualifications for PE teaching.

Essential knowledge for a career in physical education

Designed for those students considering entering the teaching profession, the content of this degree 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 Psychology and Introduction to Skills Acquisition in year 1 right through to Contemporary Issues in PE provide you with strong foundations to build a career in physical education.

Develop practical skills and techniques

You will learn practical skills relating to work as a physical education teacher and a sports coach. This is course is delivered efficiently over 3 academic years. You will complete an education-based placement as part of their course.

Learn from the experts

This honours degree is delivered by a team of expert tutors who are experienced practitioners and educators. You will have personal one to one support from a personal academic tutor who is an experienced PE teacher and is there to to support you throughout your learning journey to achieve your personal best.

Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:

  • Accelerated programme completing your undergraduate degree in three years, getting you out into the world of work faster.
  • Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of immediate employment upon graduation.
  • Notable university partners – our university partners are among the top-ranking universities in the UK offering you access to a qualification from a renowned university.
  • Reputable placements – our work experience placements are with prominent organisations, connecting you with respected employers to build your future career network.
  • Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
  • Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
  • SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
  • Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
  • Condensed scheduling – we value your time by ensuring your timetable is optimised for delivery over the same 2 – 3 days, helping you maintain a part-time job.
  • Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions on-site, online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
  • City Centre Location – Commuting to Portobello is very accessible – the Luas stops outside our door, and we are located within minutes from the major transport hubs.
  • Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.

Why should I study this course?

Portobello Institute’s BA (Hons) in Physical Education 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 engage in further to become a qualified PE teacher.

Gain employment through our strong network of connections

Gaining employment is the objective of this degree and it is important students have the opportunity to gain practical experience and build a network of contacts within the sector. If you are interested in health and physical activity promotion in community settings, this course provides you with the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in community based physical activity and health promotion.

Portobello Institute has an established network of connections with many of schools and clubs seeking PE teachers and coaches. The work experience programme for this programme affords students the opportunity to gain practical working experience and engage with those connections to advance their careers following graduation.

Visit our Graduates Success Stories to understand the opportunities they availed of, the further studies they have undertaken and their unique learning journeys.

Accessible, affordable, achievable

There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in the business of fashion, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Who will recognise my qualification?

Upon completing this level 8 degree, you will hold a BA (Hons) Physical Education awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), one of the leading universities globally for sports science and physical education.

You will be registered as a student of LJMU for the duration of your studies.

This degree provides you with the required credits to be eligible to apply for post-graduate qualifications in teaching for PE within Irish and UK universities.

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.

What will I study during this BA (Hons) Physical Education?

Contemporary content for modern day physical education

This degree has been designed and developed in 2021 and includes relevant and up to date content that reflects the context of physical education in modern society e.g. the module Contemporary Issues in PE covers topics such as race, technology, social media, gender, historical and philosophical concepts.

You will also learn about the underpinning principles of sports science as well as practical learning and teaching skills relating to work as a physical education teacher or sports coach. 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.

Study gymnastics, dance, games athletics, aquatics and adventure activities

The fundamental components of the revised and updated PE curriculum in Ireland (e.g. gymnastics, dance, games athletics, aquatics and adventure activities) are taught . You will develop critical consideration on national and international policy and curriculum design in PE. The degree provides you with strong foundation in motor development, psychology, sociology and physiology.

You will develop your applied teaching, lesson planning, communication, assessment and reflective practice skills through extensive work-based learning and work-related learning activities.

CollegePortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course CategoryFitness Instruction, Fitness & Sport
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Awarding Body DetailsBA PE awarded by Liverpool John Moores University
Course Duration3 academic years
Course TimeTwo intakes per year, Spring and Autumn. Delivered via Fulltime and Blended learning - you choose the option most suited to you.
Course Fee5395 per academic year
Entry RequirementsEntry to this course is by direct application to the college With a Leaving Certificate Leaving Certificate requirements – Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology* or Physical Education, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects. Without a Leaving Certificate Students are accepted on to this programme without a leaving certificate however applicants must 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. Mature students are reviewed on a case by case basis and entry is via interview. Those without a grounding in science and a previous academic qualification in science or biology, must complete QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology or equivalent. This course is available through Portobello Institute, further information available here. Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module
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43 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1, Dublin City North, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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