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 Professional Masters in Education to become a qualified PE teacher

Fee
€5,495.00
Start Date
4th October 2021
Qualification
Level 8 Honours Degree
Level
Undergraduate
Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
3 years

Overview

We are proud to partner with Liverpool John Moores University to deliver this BA (Hons) Physical Education programme.

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. 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.

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. 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.

There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

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 study a Professional Masters in Education and become a qualified PE teacher.

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

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.

Who will recognise my qualification?

Liverpool John Moores University are the awarding body for this degree – subject to validation.

This degree award is equivalent to a level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

The degree provides the required credits to be eligible to apply for post-graduate qualifications in teaching for PE.

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 course?

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 eg 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.

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.

  • Personal and Professional Development 1 (20 credits)

    This module aims to introduce students to the necessary skills, conventions and personal development required for working at level 4. This module is a key foundation for all other modules delivered at level 4.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Inform their own development through reflection on becoming an effective learner
    • Demonstrate appropriate strategies for accessing, reading and evaluating information
    • Reflect upon personal development and career-planning through undertaking a contextualised physical education placement
  • Psychology 1 (20 credits)

    This module introduces students to the applied field of sports psychology and its application to physical education. Students will learn psychological principles and theories that they can use to explain behaviour within their domain of physical education.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Illustrate the key principles of psychology and the relationship with Physical Education
    • Demonstrate how key theories of motivation link to student engagement in Physical Education.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of methods used to evaluate and assess psychological characteristics in a physical education setting.
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 1 (20 credits)

    This module aims to develop a conceptual understanding of a broad range of issues in physical education and sport. Students will analyse these issues using philosophical and sociological perspectives.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Evaluate the significance of Physical Education and sport in contemporary society
    • Identify a range of social issues and concepts relating to Physical Education and sport
    • Examine social issues and concepts in Physical Education and sport using sociological perspectives
  • Physiology 1 (20 credits)

    The aim of this module is for individuals to develop an understanding of the physiological developments, principles and energy systems required in relation to practical performance to support physical education. Individuals will also develop an awareness of the different stages of physical development through infancy, childhood, and adolescence. An understanding of theoretical knowledge and application will support the ability of individuals to devise and deliver appropriate practical sessions.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of exercise and physiology principles that support practical learning experiences and development.
    • Understand the relationship between physiology and physical performance during infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
    • Deliver practical learning activities that include exercise physiology principles and development, relevant to age and the physical education curriculum.
  • Applied Pedagogy 1 (20 credits)

    This module will enable students to consider and appreciate how physical education can provide a positive learning environment for the development of a wide range of skills and attributes. These include movement, sport-specific skills, leadership, and teamwork. This module will allow for reflection on how pedagogy can impact on the physical, affective, cognitive, and social development of individuals.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Examine how people learn and identify the factors that influence the learning
      process.
    • Apply pedagogical theories to varied Physical Education learning environments
    • Identify safe practice conventions to practical activities
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition (20 credits)

    This module will introduce students to key concepts related to skill acquisition and motor development throughout childhood and adolescents. It will also illustrate how these concepts can be applied in a range of physical education environments such as gymnastics, dance, games, and athletics.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Describe key concepts of skill acquisition and stages of motor development
    • Apply skill acquisition concepts to individual in physical activities in a range of artistic, technical and creative contexts such as gymnastics, dance, team sports, athletics and games
  • Personal and Professional Development 2 (20 credits)

    This module allows students to experience, observe, contribute, and apply professional principles within a work-based learning community environment.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Reflect upon your own personal and professional development in relation to a work-based placement
    • Demonstrate organisational awareness gained through a work-based placement and appreciate and review organisational structures within the workplace
    • Apply safeguarding and child protection conventions and safe-practice procedure in relation to the work-based learning environment
  • Applied Pedagogy 2 (20 credits)

    This module will enable students to consider and appreciate how physical education can provide a positive learning environment for the development of a wide range of skills and attributes. These include movement, sport specific, leadership, teamwork.

    This module will allow for critical reflection on how pedagogy can impact on the physical, affective, cognitive, and social development of individuals. Conceptual models such as Teaching Games for Understanding and Physical Literacy will be explored.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Apply pedagogical models to practical teaching situations
    • Explain, using learning theories, how varied pedagogical approaches enable young people to develop skills
    • Demonstrate how creating positive physical education learning environments enable young people to develop physical, affective, cognitive, and social skills
  • Research Design (20 credits)

    This module will develop students’ understanding of a range of research methodologies and methods typically used within social science research. Students will create a research project proposal that will prepare them for further research study in level 6.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Explain methodological approaches to social science research
    • Design and plan a research proposal
    • Analyse and evaluate the use of teaching and learning and assessment resources in physical education across the phases of learning
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 2 (20 credits)

    This module aims to develop a conceptual understanding of physical education and Page 2 of 3 sport within society, by considering the influence of external partners and examining the current community and National strategies and initiatives that impact on the development of young people and analyse these from sociological perspectives.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Apply sociological perspectives to demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in physical education.
    • Reflect on and analyse the structures and influential partners that contribute to the development of opportunities for young people in physical education.
    • Examine and evaluate current community and National strategies and initiatives and their impact upon young people in physical education.
  • Physical Education Teacher Education 1 (20 credits)

    This option module aims to provide students with the opportunity to understand and analyse the role of physical education in terms of planning, teaching, learning and assessment in the primary school years age range.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Reflect on and analyse physical education planning and curriculum across the phases of learning
    • Develop an appreciation of teaching, learning and assessment approaches and assessment in physical education across the phases of learning
    • Analyse and evaluate the use of teaching and learning and assessment resources in physical education across the phases of learning
  • Skill Acquisition 2 (20 credits)

    This module aims for students to develop an understanding of how to implement non-linear pedagogy to improve motor skills and psychosocial skills during physical education lessons. This will be based upon a dynamical systems framework and include a constraints-based approach to teaching using, games and athletics, adventure activities and aquatics to explore physical literacy development.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Evaluate models of skill acquisition
    • Design physical education activities which meet the needs of all learners
    • Analyse practical activity from a skill acquisition perspective
  • Make it Happen – Project Plan (10 credits)

    The aim of this module is to prepare to undertake a community physical education activity project as a team and in doing so develop an understanding of how leadership, management and teamwork skills have the potential to be effectively Page 2 of 3 applied.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Construct a rationale and action plan for a ‘make it happen’ community physical education activity project.
    • Apply leadership, management, and teamwork principles in the preparation of a ‘make it happen’ physical education activity project, within a school or community environment.
  • Applied Pedagogy 3 (20 credits)

    This module aims to critically analyse the needs and performance of learners. By providing students with a conceptual understanding of pedagogical and talent development theory.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Critically evaluate talent development theory
    • Use ICT to critically analyse more advanced skills, tactics, or concepts in physical education activities.
    • Using established learning theories, design solutions to pedagogical issues
  • Physical Education Teacher Education 2 (20 credits)

    This option module will provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate physical education (12-18) in relation to teaching, learning and assessment.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Critically research and evaluate the effects of transition on pupil’s performance and personal development in physical education.
    • Critically evaluate methods used to ensure progression and continuity with regards to teaching, learning and curriculum planning in relation to physical education.
    • Critically evaluate the current philosophy behind the provision for learners by associated agencies within the 12-18 phase of education in relation to personal experience.
  • Research Project (40 credits)

    This module aims to build on students’ research skills gained at levels 4 and 5 of the programmes and will rigorously investigate an issue from a physical education or sport in the form of a dissertation.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Synthesise their knowledge and apply it to the chosen area of study.
    • Implement the range of research skills to conduct independent research relevant to their chosen topic, by selecting an appropriate approach and methodology, and by utilising a broad range of primary and secondary sources.
    • To develop understanding, knowledge, and critical analysis of the area of research selected.
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education 3 (20 credits)

    This module aims to develop a deeper understanding of the role physical education plays in promoting physical activity, health, and well-being of young people. Students will also critically reflect on the challenges, choices, and constraints that young Page 2 of 3 people experience within the complexity of the educational environment and wider society using a range of philosophical and sociological perspectives.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Critically examine the processes and structures in physical education that contribute to the development of physical activity in young people.
    • Reflect on and critically analyse the provision, policy and practice of Physical Education and the impact this has on young people.
    • Critically examine the role of physical education in promoting health and well-being.
  • Make it Happen Implementation (10 credits)

    The aim of this module is to initiate and complete a community physical education activity project as a team. The module also aims to critically evaluate how leadership, management and teamwork skills impacted on a community physical Page 2 of 3 activity project.

    After completing the module the student should be able to:

    • Critically evaluate an innovative physical education activity project within a school or community.
    • Critically reflect on their personal development.

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Barry Roe

Barry Roe started out his career in what he calls one of the big three (Business, Medicine, Law).

“Nobody ever really entertained the possibility of a real career in sports, even though there were a lot of serious athletes involved, people who were hugely successful in their sporting lives, got scholarships and everything. They never took sport seriously in terms of seeing it as an actual career path.”

He landed that coveted corner office in a tall building managing pension funds. Barry had what most would consider a perk. His office literally overlooked the Leinster training ground. If Leinster scored a try off a set piece move on Friday night, Barry had seen it happen on Tuesday. He knew who the next superstar talent was and got to watch him everyday.

But that’s not what Barry wanted. Instead of a perk, it was only adding to his misery in his office job.

“It was only my wife really who sat me down and said ‘Look you’re obviously miserable.’

Having studied something like business and marketing, it was a great experience…but if I could go back I would definitely have just gone through the sporting route. If I could talk to my teenage self I would say what do you actually really like to do and what would you like to do with the rest of your life as opposed to what do you think you should be doing.

Forget what you think you should be doing, just go do what you like to do and you’ll succeed in it. You’ll make more successful leaps and bounds far quicker than you would slogging it out during a recession in finance.”

With a very understanding wife at his side, Barry gave up his career in finance and became a personal trainer. He earned his MSc Sports Performance from the University of Limerick before becoming a strength and conditioning coach and nutrition advisor for Munster Rugby.

“When you’re sitting there thinking ‘I’m here working in pension funds until I potentially start drawing my own pension.’ Nah, that was not happening. No. Game over.”

Having worked with elite athletes and having set up his own personal training business, Barry then sought out to satiate his desire to educate. That’s how he wound up at Portobello Institute.

“My philosophy is to always be open to new challenges and opportunities. In doing so, I feel that I will maintain a fresh perspective and continue to grow professionally and personally. My goal as an educator in the undergraduate program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become professionally competent in their chosen pathways.

My teaching philosophy takes a student-centric approach. I strive to create a collaborative and interactive learning environment; one that allows our diverse student body to share their own unique experiences and perspectives. My overall aim is to equip my students with the skills and confidence to make a seamless transition from their academic studies into their chosen careers.”

Becoming an educator was a natural fit for Barry as he has continually sought out education himself as a student. His initial degree in marketing wasn’t ultimately what he wanted to build his career in but it didn’t mar his passion for education. Since then he has earned his Masters from UL but also completed the National Qualifications in Suspension Training, Pre & Post Natal Exercise, Indoor Cycling and Kettlebell Training and further qualifications with the IRFU, U.K. Anti Doping, ISAK and Les Mills.

Personal Academic Tutor

You will learn from a range of applied practitioners including primary and secondary school PE specialists, psychologists, sports and exercise scientists.

Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.

Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.

This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

Portobello ensures scheduling of course timetables is considerate of students travel and accommodation arrangements, part-time working and study-life balance. The course timetable is condensed to be delivered with onsite and online classes 2-3 days per week over 2 semesters. Examinations are held at the end of each semester. Classes do not take place on a Friday and where possible, classes scheduled for Monday, are delivered online.

Practical classes are delivered in a fully equipped PE studio with theory classes taking place in one of the many theory rooms within Portobello Institute. There is also a fully equipped gym with strength and conditioning equipment available for use as part of your course.

 

The Difference between Blended, Full Time and Online with Webinars Delivery Modes

There are three delivery mode options to study degree and Masters courses in Portobello Institute.

Full Time delivery offers you the opportunity to study with a more traditional schedule with lectures delivered on-site in Portobello during weekdays. Typically, those lectures are scheduled between Tuesday and Thursday. Monday’s lectures are delivered online, and lectures do not take place on Fridays.

This condensed scheduling offers you flexibility to study and continue working whilst also reducing your commuting time and possible accommodation costs in Dublin.

Blended Learning is essentially the same, but the on-site lectures take place at the weekends. This makes it easier for you to study while working full-time. It also makes studying a degree more accessible if you live outside of Dublin.

With both delivery modes, there will be lectures you need to attend on-site due to the nature of the content – practical skills etc. All online only lectures are recorded for you to catch-up later. Where lectures are delivered onsite – these will simultaneously be delivered online and will also be recorded so you can customise your learning journey – attend on-site, online, or catch-up later.

Online with Webinars – you will not be required to attend on-site lectures if you are enrolled on a course with this delivery mode. All lectures are delivered online and are recorded so you can catch-up later.

Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.

Course Structure

The course is delivered over a three academic years with entry points in September and February each year.

In first year, you will complete the core modules which will introduce you to this programme of study and provide you with essential skills that will aid your study for the course of your degree.

In second year, you will complete a total of six modules, three 20 credit modules each semester.

In third year, you will complete five modules and your final year dissertation project in the area of Physical Education and your work placement.

The Academic Calendar

The first academic year of this course runs from 04/10/21 – 26/05/22

Classes are generally delivered 2-3 days per week and are scheduled mid-week where possible.

The second and third academic years of this course will run to a similar schedule in 2022 and 2023.

See here for the 2021/22 course schedule.

Real Life Learning Opportunities

Work Placement

During your final year, you will complete a module incorporating work experience. For this, you will choose an individual work placement in the domain of primary and secondary school Physical Education to complete alongside your studies. This allows you to put into practice the skills you have learnt in class. If you are interested in progressing to a Masters in Education and becoming a PE teacher, our graduates have found this first-hand experience and insight into physical education in schools gave them advantage when preparing for interview and subsequent successful entry to Masters programmes.

How will I be assessed?

A variety of assessment methods are used to support students with different learning styles. These vary from written reports to practical case studies, skills demonstrations to examinations. The final year project provides the opportunity for an extended piece of formal scientific writing preparing you for your future career and the need to keep scientific based patient notes. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.

Career prospects

On completion of this BA (Hons) Physical Education degree, graduates will have the opportunity to pursue further education at post-graduate level as there is an emphasis on research skills to support those who wish to pursue a combined career in applied practice and academia at MSc or PhD level.

After gaining the foundations in physical education during their degree, many of our graduate’s progress to a Professional Masters in Education and begin their careers as a PE teacher.

Portobello Institute sports graduates are eligible for a huge array of post graduate courses in Ireland and the UK.  Dr. Susan Giblin, head of the sports department, explains “our sports graduates are in demand for selection onto post grad courses because of the broad range of subjects in the degree programme and our focus on up to date thinking and learning in all aspects of sport”.  She suggests that “our classes are small and we take a personal interest in each student … in year three, we work with them to define their career goals and help them develop a plan to achieve them”.

In addition to teaching, graduates from this programme will be eligible for a wide variety of employment opportunities within sports governing bodies, social inclusion and public health initiatives.

Who else has studied this degree?

Success Story

Colm Dunne came through Portobello Institute's PE and Coaching degree to earn a place on UL's Teaching Masters in PE.

Colm Dunne – Success as a PE Teacher Through Portobello Institute
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Success Story

Matthew Bursey says that he owes much of his professional success to the guidance he received at Portobello Institute.

Matthew Bursey – PE and Coaching Helped Me from Leinster to Exeter
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Success Story

David Poff was a Leinster underage rugby player who found his path towards running his own gym by attending Portobello Institute.

David Poff – Personal Training and Nutrition Through Sports Science
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Speak to an expert

Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.

It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.

Your Consultant

Johanna Shaw

About Johanna 

Johanna is Portobello Institute’s Sports Development and Admissions Advisor. Prior to working with us Johanna worked in TCD and Kingston College in the UK. Johanna completed a MPhil in Physical Activity for Health and a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science.

How long are you working in Portobello?

I started working at Portobello in August 2020.

What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?

I enjoy working with the other staff here at Portobello, everyone is so friendly and happy to help there are no stupid questions or ideas.

What inspires you about working in education?

I love being able to make a huge difference to so many students lives and helping them progress towards the career they want to do or didn’t know they could do before they talked to me.

Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?

I am always touched when you meet or hear from a past student and hear all the amazing achievements they gained after completing the course you helped put them on or helped get them through.

How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?

My role is so rewarding when you know you have helped a student get one step closer to the career they are interested in.

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.

Requirements

With a Leaving Certificate

Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2021

Students may apply and be granted a “Conditional Offer” prior to completing the Leaving Certificate.

Step 1 – Submit application

Step 2 – Attend interview

Step 3 – Conditional Offer issued on the basis of successful achievement of LC requirements

Step 4 – Confirm acceptance of a place and pay deposit as detailed

Places can not be held open for applicants awaiting leaving certificate results, however should a student accept a place and then choose not to progress with this course, after first round CAO offers have been made, a refund of 75% of fees paid will be made. Refunds must be requested in writing on or before 25th August 2021

Applicants who have previously completed the Leaving Certificate;

Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology* or Physical Education, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects.

*Applicants who do not hold LC Biology or Physical Education, are required to undertake the QQI level 5 Anatomy & Physiology and use this award in place of LC Biology. This course is available through Portobello Institute, further information available here.

Without a Leaving Certificate

Students should 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

Applicants who do not meet the criteria, may be required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Fees & Payment Options

Fees

Course Price

Per academic year.

€5,495.00

Exam Body Reg. Fee

Per academic year - due at start of academic year.

€325.00

Full Payment

Total amount payable.

€5,820.00

Easy Payment Plan

Deposit of 40%. Balance paid in full on 1st October, or in 6 instalments commencing 1st October. All additional fees such as exam registration fees etc are included in the Easy Payment Plan.

Deposit + 1 Instalment

40% deposit payment, due on application of your course (€2,328.00).

Settle final balance (€3,492.00) by 1st October 2021.

Deposit + 6 Instalments

Deposit payment (€2,446.00), followed by 6 scheduled payments every 1 month(s). Includes one off instalment fee of €295.00.


  • €611.50 due on 1st October 2021.
  • €611.50 due on 1st November 2021.
  • €611.50 due on 1st December 2021.
  • €611.50 due on 1st January 2022.
  • €611.50 due on 1st February 2022.
  • €611.50 due on 1st March 2022.