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Bachelor of Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Physical Sciences with Chemistry AND Physics)

Bachelor of Science with concurrent Teacher Education (Physical Sciences with Chemistry AND Physics)
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
Course code:
4 Years

† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
John O'Reilly
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 233744
Tel: 00 353 61 202015

UL's School of Education is the largest post-primary teacher education provider in the state and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Education programmes. University of Limerick is also ranked within the top 75 universities in Europe for excellence in teaching and learning.

Graduates of this Science Teaching programme are qualified to teach the following subjects in all Irish second level schools.

  • Leaving Certificate Physics
  • Leaving Certificate Chemistry
  • Leaving Certificate Physics with Chemistry
  • Junior Certificate Science

The programme is designed to produce a graduate who is highly educated and capable both academically and professionally, and who will be prepared to meet the challenges involved in teaching the physical sciences.

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What you will study

In common with other teacher education programmes at the University of Limerick, the B.Sc.(Ed) in Physics and Chemistry is based on the concurrent model. Academic and professional studies proceed together throughout the course and modules in the core science subjects are taken.

The first two years of study provide a foundation in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics in addition to Education and Pedagogics. The latter will focus on preparing students to teach the revised science specification at junior cycle.

In the third and fourth years, you will continue to study physical sciences at a more advanced level along with further modules in Education. This will include detailed preparation in the revised physics and chemistry senior cycle specifications.

The science pedagogics modules in your degree have been designed in close collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (who designed the new specifications) and the Junior Cycle for Teachers (who are tasked with associated professional development for teachers). In addition the course director was a member of the development group that designed the junior cycle specification. This ensures that graduates are thoroughly prepared for the totality of science education in Irish schools which is well aligned with international best-practice.

In the final year, you will undertake a project which may be in the area of Physics, Chemistry, Science Education, or Educational Theory. As part of this work you are required to demonstrate abilities in research, literature review, analysis, synthesis and interpretation of research findings as applied to the selected topic. This will develop your capacity to act as a researcher of your professional teaching practice, a key focus of both the Teaching Council and the School Self-Evaluation Process facilitated by the Inspectorate.

There are two periods of teaching practice placement during the course. The first, of six weeks, occurs in Year 2, and the second, of ten weeks, occurs in Year 4. During teaching practice, you will be supervised by an academic staff member and undertake assigned coursework.

  Semester 1   Semester 2
BY4001 Biology 1 CH4002 Physical Chemistry 1
CH4701 General Chemistry 1 CH4252 Inorganic Chemistry 1B
EN4041 Contemporary Understandings and
Thinking on Education
EN4022 Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning
MA4601 Science Mathematics 1 EN4032 Understanding Young People and How They Learn
PH4131 Mechanics/Heat/Electricity/Magnetics PH4102 Waves/Light/Modern Physics
    MA4602 Science Mathematics 2
  Semester 3   Semester 4
CH4013 Organic Chemistry SE4034 Introduction to Science Pedagogy
CH4303 Analytical Chemistry 1A TP4024 School Placement 1
EN4033 Planning for Learning    
EN4043 Understanding Classroom Practices    
PH4013 Earth Science    
PH4613 Forces, Potentials and Fields    
  Semester 5   Semester 6
CH4003 Physical Chemistry 2 BY4002 Biology 2
CH4253 Inorganic Chemistry 2B CH4104 Organic Chemistry 3
EN4015 Curriculum and Policy Studies CH4304 Analytical Chemistry 2
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1: Contemporary
EN4026 Inclusive Education 2: Special
Educational Needs
PH4041 Optics PH4042 Thermal Physics
PH4171 Mechanics SE4016 Advanced Science Pedagogy
  Semester 7   Semester 8
SE4017 Project 1 CH4027 Nanotechnology
TP4027 School Placement 2 EN4008 Teacher as Professional
    PH4072 Electromagnetism
    PH4132 Modern Physics
    SE4018 Project 2
    PH4092 Semiconductor Devices

Entry requirements

CAO points history 454
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

Subject requirements

In addition, applicants must hold an O3/H7 grade in Mathematics and an O4/H7 in at least one of the following: Biology; Physics; Chemistry; Physics with Chemistry; Agricultural Science; Technology; Design & Communication Graphics /Technical Drawing.

Additional considerations

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

Application information for mature student applicants (PDF)

QQI Pathways information available here.

Note: the University’s Special Mathematics Examination is applicable to this programme.

Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply

Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU Students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website.


Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website


Your future career

This programme has been fully accredited by the Teaching Council. Graduates of this programme are qualified for appointment to all second level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive schools), and for admission to the open register of the Registration Council for Secondary Teachers. Graduates achieving an adequate standard may also proceed to obtain a higher degree by research.

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