About This Course
Sports Studies and Physical Education
€3,170 See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.
CAO Points Range
The Bachelor of Education Sports Studies and Physical Education degree (BEDSSPE) is a dynamic course that aims to produce creative educators in physical education, sport and physical activity settings. As well as qualifying to teach physical education, students will also graduate in a chosen specialist arts subject from one of the following: English (five places), Gaeilge/Irish, Mathematics, French, or History.
Graduates from our BEDSSPE degree display independent, innovative thinking, and are agents of change in the areas of physical education, sport, and physical activity settings. Our staff are experts and research-informed practitioners in their discipline.
Teaching, coaching and community placements are available throughout the BEDSSPE degree, and the programmes works in partnership with schools, clubs and the community, allowing students to immerse themselves within teaching and coaching from the beginning.
The BEDSSPE degree also operates a comprehensive wellbeing mentoring programme involving buddy mentoring, tutor mentoring, and teacher/coach mentors.
Year 1 Modules:
- Anatomy of Exercise
- Psychosocial Basis of Physical Education, Sport & Health
- Movement Analysis
- Introduction to Exercise Physiology
- Practical Areas 1
- Placement 1
- Curriculum Design: Youth, Learning & Cultural Contexts
- Practical Areas 2
One Arts subject from English, French, Gaeilge/Irish, History or Mathematics
In addition, students will learn about dance, gymnastics, striking and fielding, badminton, athletics and aquatics and adventure activities, as well as their chosen specialist Arts subject (The Arts subject is studied throughout all four years). Students will also complete their first school/club placement under the guidance of a mentor.
Year 2 Modules:
- Exercise Prescription
- Exercise Physiology
- Practical Areas
- Physical Education Teacher & Coaching Pedagogy
- Creativity & Innovation in Physical Education
- Sport and Physical Activity
Arts subject continued from First Year.
Practical modules include dance, gymnastics, G.A.A., and rugby. Students will also complete their second placement in a school setting where they will observe, plan and teach physical education, under the guidance of a mentor (co-operating teacher).
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
Students will also complete their third placement in a school setting where they will observe, plan and teach their chosen Arts subject, under the guidance of a mentor (co-operating teacher).
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
and one from the following
- The Teaching of Irish
- The Teaching of English
- Second Language Education - French
- The Teaching of History
- The Teaching of Mathematics
A large proportion of year four will comprise of school placement for the student, specifically teaching physical education and the selected specialist Arts subject for an entire school year (mornings only: 9am to 1.15pm approximately). Students will then return to university for lectures, practicals and workshops in the afternoons.
As part of the BEDSSPE degree’s semesterisation format, some written exams will take place before Christmas (semester one), and in May (semester two). Not all modules will have formal written summative type examinations. Many modules use continuous and formative types of assessment, including in-class tests, oral presentations, end-of-semester assessments, digital portfolios, online learning tasks, reflections and micro-teaching/micro-coaching etc. You will develop invaluable transferable skills of independent, critical thinking by completing these wide-ranging assessments.
Who teaches on this programme?
- Dr Wesley O Brien – Acting Course Director and Lecturer
- Dr Fiona Chambers - Senior Lecturer
- Dr Susan Crawford - Lecturer
- Dr João Costa - Lecturer
- Manolis Adamakis – Lecturer
- Ms Trish Fitzpatrick - Lecturer and Teaching Practice Coordinator
- Mr Arthur Twomey – Lecturer
- Mr Herbert Geary – Practical Areas Coordinator
Why Choose This Course
Most recent 5-year trend data has indicated that 88% of our graduates successfully gain employment in the teaching and coaching sectors. To date, our graduates have found employment in Ireland, the UK, the US, Korea, Canada, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
The BEDSSPE also provides a pathway for graduates who wish to study at postgraduate level in sport, physical activity, physical education, wellbeing, physical literacy, or general education.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Year 1: Coaching Placement (24 hours)
Year 2: School Placement teaching Physical Education (3 weeks)
Year 3: School Placement teaching chosen Arts subject (3 weeks)
Year 4: School Placement teaching PE and Arts subject (entire school year)
Skills and Careers Information
The graduates from the BEDSSPE degree gain a range of transferable skills in planning, implementing and assessing learning across the lifespan – whether in schools, clubs or communities – specifically in the areas of sport, physical activity and physical education.
The course, through its school-university partnership, also provides career advice and preparation practice for interviews for all our students.
Graduates are very well placed to begin a postgraduate course of study through our School of Education M.Ed, or cohort PhD routes also.
Leaving Cert entry requirements:
At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest and must apply for, and sit the MSAP exam in order to be eligible. Approximately five places are available on this course for mature students on an annual basis.
International Students should visit the International Education website.
Fitness to Practise
Commencing since the 2013/2014 intake, the BEDSSPE degree is 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.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
Mature Students Requirements
Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details.
Fees and Costs
Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2019/20 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €170.
Costs may include approximately €150 for SSPE sports clothing; and €400 for the Assistant Swim Teachers Course. Other optional opportunities during the BEDSSPE degree may comprise of coaching qualifications, workshops, and field trips, which may incur additional costs also.
Please see Fees Office for more information.
The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.