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Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
532* †
Course code:
LM090
Duration:
4 Years
* Indicates that not all applicants who scored these points were offered places.
† Indicates that students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.
Course leader:
Daniel Tindall
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 202896
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

If you are the type of individual that likes working with other people to help them improve, has a broad interest in sport and/or physical activity and health and would like to work with young people, then this programme might very well be for you.

Why Study Physical Education at UL?

UL's School of Education is the largest post-primary teacher education provider in the state and is ranked in the top 150 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.

The B.Sc. in Physical Education is one of the most popular undergraduate programmes in the University of Limerick. The programme is designed to qualify graduates as teachers of Physical Education along with a second subject in Irish Post-Primary Schools. Graduates of the programme are qualified to teach Physical Education and their second subject to Leaving Certificate level. The current second subjects on offer include English, Gaeilge, Geography and Mathematics.

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What you will study

The central focus of this course is on teacher education and you will be educated to teach Physical Education, and your chosen elective option, as well as educational studies in contemporary society. Your placement in schools for blocks of teaching practice is viewed as an essential part of your professional development.

Physical Education

In the physical education part of the course, you will study human movement from the perspectives of kinesiology (science of movement), sociology, psychology, and philosophy, together with the art of teaching. The practical experience will involve you in a range of competitive, aesthetic, adventure, aquatic and artistic activities, which will enhance your effectiveness as a teacher.

Education

You will study various topics which will enable you to assess the effectiveness of your own teaching, and contribute to the evaluation of current and innovative educational methods.

SPECIALIST OPTIONS

English

The four-year programme in English offers a balanced and comprehensive view of selected writers and movements in the field of English, Irish and American literature and drama. Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. You will be expected to take an active, constructive role in the development of courses and the management of your learning. Time is allowed for individual and group projects.

Gaeilge

Sa chúrsa Gaeilge, déantar staidéar ar theanga agus ar litríocht na Nua Ghaeilge agus ar bhéaloideas na hÉireann. Leagtar béim faoi leith ar chabhrú le mic léinn a gcumas Gaeilge a fhorbairt agus a thabhairt chun cruinnis, agus chuige sin moltar do mhic léinn na Gaeilge freastal ar chúrsaí a eagrófar dóibh sa Ghaeltacht i rith na laethanta saoire. Déantar obair an chúrsa céime seo trí mhéan na Gaeilge.

Geography

The four-year programme provides a contemporary synthesis of third level Geography so that graduates are fully prepared to teach the subject up to and including honours Leaving Certificate level. The programme aims to ensure that graduates are aware of the rich variety of opportunities offered by Geography to the teacher.

Mathematics

The mathematics elective is a four-year programme of study in mathematics and mathematics education. The programme is designed to develop your competence in mathematics to the requisite level.

Subject Pedagogics

You will take courses in Subject Pedagogics in relation to your specialist options, in which you will consider the philosophy and practice of teaching these specialist options in the context of your teaching practice programme.

Please note that all modules from Semesters 1 to Semester 6 inclusive, are a part of the new programme for Physical Education starting 2017/18.

Module Electives - what are they?

Electives give you the opportunity to choose modules that you want to study.

Each Semester you will be given a choice of a number of modules and you will be asked to select a certain amount to study. This can range from 1 module to 4 modules, based on the course.

For example, you may be given a list of 4 modules, and will be asked to choose 2 to study for the upcoming semester.

Course Pathways - what are they?

A course pathway, or elective stream, is where you choose a particular area to specialise in within the broader course.

The pathway you choose will influence the modules you can study each semester and will be recognised in your final degree as an area of expertise.

For example, if you are studying Applied languages you are required to specialise in 2 languages from a selection of French, German, Irish and Spanish.

For this course

Students on this course must first choose their second subject that you will then be able to teach up to Leaving Certificate Level. This pathway choice will then decide what modules you will study along with the common course modules. The second subject choices are:

English

The four-year programme in English offers a balanced and comprehensive view of selected writers and movements in the field of English, Irish and American literature and drama. Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and tutorials. Students will be expected to take an active, constructive role in the development of courses and the management of their learning. Time is allowed for individual and group projects.

Gaeilge

Sa chúrsa Gaeilge, déantar staidéar ar theanga agus ar litríocht na Nua Ghaeilge agus ar bhéaloideas na hÉireann. Leagtar béim faoi leith ar chabhrú le mic léinn a gcumas Gaeilge a fhorbairt agus a thabhairt chun cruinnis, agus chuige sin moltar do mhic léinn na Gaeilge freastal ar chúrsaí a eagrófar dóibh sa Ghaeltacht i rith na laethanta saoire. Déantar obair an chúrsa céime seo trí mhéan na Gaeilge.

Geography

The four-year programme provides a contemporary synthesis of third level Geography so that graduates are fully prepared to teach the subject up to and including honours Leaving Certificate level both from a Human and Physical perspective). The programme aims to ensure that graduates are aware of the rich variety of opportunities offered by Geography to the teacher.

Mathematics

The mathematics elective is a four-year programme of study in mathematics (analysis, theory, application, etc.) and mathematics education. The programme is designed to develop your competence in mathematics to the requisite level.

Your pathway choice will then determine your modules and module choices. For example, see below for the first year modules for each pathway choice. 

Specialist area/pathway Module 1 Module 2
English EH4001 - CP1: Academic Reading and Writing

or

EH4141 - English Literature 1: Novels and Short Fiction

EH4121 - Gothic Literature in Ireland
Gaeilge GA4133 – Litríocht agus Saíocht 1: 1890-1940

or

GA4153 – Litríocht agus Saíocht: 1250-1690

GA4141 – Teanga, Sochaí agus Saíocht 1
Geography GY4703 – Evolution of the Irish and British Landscapes GY4741 – The Dynamic Earth
Mathematics MB4001 – Algebra 1 MS4021 – Calculus 1

 

  Semester 1   Semester 2
PY4031 Foundations of Teaching &Learning in Physical Education PY4102 Introduction to Fundamental Movement Skills
PY4071 Pedagogy of Outdoor Adventure Education PY4112 Physiology & Anatomy and Pedagogy of HRA
PY4081 Pedagogy of Invasion Games PY4142 Scientific Perspectives on Sport and Exercise Psychology
EN4041 Contemporary Understandings and Thinking on Education EN4032 Understanding Young People and How They Learn
    EN4022 Educational Technologies for Teaching and Learning
  Elective module   Elective module
  Elective module   Elective module
  Semester 3   Semester 4
PY4123 Instructional Alignment in Physical Education PY4084 Pedagogy of Lifetime Physical Activities
PY4133 Pedagogy of Dance and Gymnastics (SE/HRA) TP4014 SCHOOL PLACEMENT #1
EN4033 Planning for Learning   Second subject pedagogy (see electives timetables)
EN4043 Understanding Classroom Practice EN4034 Preparation for School Placement
  Elective module    
  Semester 5   Semester 6
PY4135 Adapted Physical Activity and Physical Education PY4055 Sociological Concepts of Teaching and Learning in Physical Education
PY4145 Qualitative Biomechanics PY4096 Pedagogy of Striking, Fielding, Net Games
PY4155 Pedagogy of Athletics and Aquatics EJ4116 Project 1 (Research Methods)
EN4015 Curriculum and Policy Studies PY4086 Psychology of Movement Development from Infancy to Adolescent
EN4025 Inclusive Education 1 Contemporary Perspectives EN4026 Inclusive Education 2 Special Educational Needs
  Elective module GA4006 Optional - An Ghaeilge Ghairmiúil
  Elective module   Elective module
  Semester 7   Semester 8
TP4017 SCHOOL PLACEMENT #2 PY4108 Youth Sport and Advocacy
EN4037 Understanding Schools EJ4108 Project 3
EJ4117 Project 2 (Research) PY4118 Physical Activity Behaviour, Promotion & Health
    EN4018 Teacher as Professional
      Elective module
      Elective module

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, unless you are applying as a mature student (23 years old by or on 1st January in the year of enrolment) only the Leaving Certificate is accepted. Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with at least Grade H5 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade O6/H7 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects (including Mathematics, Irish or another language and English).

It is desirable that the candidate wishing to take a specific elective subject within this Degree should hold at least a Higher Grade H4, or an approved equivalent, in the relevant Leaving Certificate subject.

There is no late application process available.

Generally, it’s not possible to transfer into PE within the first few weeks of starting at UL Internal transfers are only available to students who fulfil all the following criteria:

  1. You must be enrolled on another UL course
  2. You must have completed a semester on that course and be achieving good grades
  3. Your LC points must be within 20 points of the course you wish to transfer into.
  4. There must be places available on the course you want to transfer into.

For a full guide to all the subjects you will take on the PE course, look in the Course Structure section of this course. The course is a mixture of practical and theory. You are not expected to come to UL as an expert in all these areas.

  • You will take all the PE post primary curriculum strands – adventure and outdoor education, athletics, aquatics, dance, games, gymnastics, health related activity, fundamental motor skills, alternative physical activities such as yoga.
  • You take theory in learning HOW to teach and assess PE, sociology of PE, sport and exercise psychology, physiology, anatomy, PE for young people with disabilities, youth sport and philosophy.

Per week you will be in lectures, tutorials and practical classes for a total of about 21 hours. You will also be doing about the same again, per week for private study and assessment preparation.

Work placement on the BSc Physical Education is called School Placement. There are two block of School Placement, an 8 week block in year 2 and a 10-week block in year 4. You can do these placements in your home locality but NOT at your old school

English, Gaeilge, Geography and Mathematics are the options available to you as Electives with the PE course. There are no plans currently to add any more subjects to these options. You can only take one elective subject along with PE.

In the elective subject you wish to choose, it is desirable that you hold at least a Higher Grade C3, or an approved equivalent, in the relevant Leaving Certificate subject. In the new LC grading system this will be at least a Higher Grade H4, or an approved equivalent, in the relevant Leaving Certificate subject.

All relevant information on applications is available at http://ulsites.ul.ie/mso/

What are you looking for in my application?

  • Relevant work / voluntary experience
  • Teaching and/or coaching awards
  • Strong personal statement
  • Professional looking application

Entry requirements

CAO points history 532
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.

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Subject requirements

It is desirable that the candidate wishing to take a specific elective subject within this Degree should hold at least a Higher Grade H4, or an approved equivalent, in the relevant Leaving Certificate subject.

Additional considerations

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

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
€7,354

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
€7,354

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
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

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 https://www.studentfinance.ie 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

 

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Careers open to you with a degree in PE include;

  • PE teacher in secondary school
  • English/Irish/Geography/Maths Teacher in Secondary school
  • Third level Lecturer
  • Sports Development officer

The B.Sc. in Physical Education is designed to qualify graduates as teachers of Physical Education along with a second subject (English, Gaeilge, Geography, Mathematics and Chemistry) in Irish Post-Primary Schools. Graduates of the programme are qualified to teach Physical Education and their second subject to Leaving Certificate level.

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Student Profile - Jean Masterson

Sport is a hugely rewarding part of my life and I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle. On gaining some coaching experience in my community, I realized how enjoyable it is to work with and help young people to achieve. I wanted to know how to best teach young people, and how to enjoy and appreciate sport and exercise in the right ways.

PE at UL offers practical experience in a great variety of sports and games, gymnastics, dance and aquatics, along with the key knowledge and teaching skills to enable you to apply this experience in both teaching and sporting contexts. All of this helps to give a great insight into the important concepts, knowledge and skills needed to teach PE or coach young people.

What I like most about the course is the worthwhile and rewarding opportunities it offers to teach and coach - whether it’s getting involved in community events, youth sport or working with people with disabilities. Such experiences have allowed me to prepare for a career in either teaching or coaching by applying newly-learned skills and knowledge in realistic settings, while interacting with people of varying ages, abilities and interests.

As an integral part of the course, school placement is a busy time but it really gives you the perfect opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice. The school placement experiences helped me to realize how much I enjoy teaching and enabled me to identify my own strengths in this area. I got the best possible insight into what it’s like to teach PE and coach teams in schools today.

Student Profile - Laura O’Sullivan 

Sport is a hugely rewarding part of my life and I have always enjoyed an active lifestyle. On gaining some coaching experience in my community, I realized how enjoyable it is to work with and help young people to achieve. I wanted to know how to best teach young people, and how to enjoy and appreciate sport and exercise in the right ways. PE at UL offers practical experience in a great variety of sports and games, gymnastics, dance and aquatics, along with the key knowledge and teaching skills to enable you to apply this experience in both teaching and sporting contexts. What I like most about the course is the worthwhile and rewarding opportunities it offers to teach and coach - whether it’s getting involved in community events, youth sport or working with people with disabilities. Such experiences have allowed me to prepare for a career in either teaching or coaching by applying newly-learned skills and knowledge in realistic settings while interacting with people of varying ages, abilities and interests.