Course Details

This page is specifically for students registering from Colaiste Ide.

 

Fee
€5,495.00
Start Date
3rd October 2022
Qualification
Level 8 Honours Degree
Level
Undergraduate
Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Course Duration
3 years

Overview

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 will offer, from October ’22, 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 the qualifications they require to pursue a career in PE teaching. 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 Colaiste Ide – BA (Hons) Physical Education – Starts Oct ’22 course?

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 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.

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.

  • 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

Dr Liam Clohessy

“I aim to support students, exposing them to different ideas and helping them to
identify things that would be aligned to their beliefs and values. Highlighting that
there are lots of different areas, different approaches and different ways of going
about it and helping them to come up with their own teaching philosophy and their
own beliefs about what is quality PE.” – Liam Clohessy, Programme Lead BA (Hons)
Physical Education, Portobello Institute.

About

As a child, Liam Clohessy wanted to grow up to be a sports commentator. With an
innate interest in sports, getting into coaching and summer camps as a teenager
gave him the buzz for helping others to progress, leading him to a career that
perfectly combines teaching, PE and leadership.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching specialising in PE, a PhD in
the area of Leadership in Physical Education as well as experience as the former
Chairperson of the Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA) and PE Advisor for the
Department of Education Professional Development Service for Teachers Health and
Well-being team (PDST).

Liam brings this wealth of experience and passion for educating others who want to
pass the baton in developing the role of PE throughout education in Ireland to
Portobello Institute’s sports department as the Programme Lead for the LJMU BA (Hons) Physical Education.

“Having worked as a teacher and worked in a variety of different settings I have the
experience to share with people. I also really enjoy teaching and working with people
and supporting them to develop themselves, to facilitate and point them in the
direction they want to go.

“It’s great to see people going on and flourishing and getting into something that
they really enjoy working at,” he said.

As a passionate educator, Liam values the one-to-one student support
provided at Portobello Institute.

“The biggest highlights include working with teachers, and maybe you are working
with somebody who is not that confident with a particular topic or maybe struggling
with a particular class or issue and working together and helping them to come up
with solutions is probably the most satisfying thing and seeing the positive outcome
for the students involved.

“The biggest thing is actually seeing the impact for that learner,” he said.

With his PhD covering leadership in PE, Liam works to support and share the positive
impacts of PE in education in Ireland.

“When you think about leadership, I think about influencing others leading to
positive changes so basically it’s about looking at how you can work with people to
have a positive influence on other people.

“That can be with your students but perhaps if you are working in a school maybe
there are other teachers you could share new ideas with or share the things that
have worked well for you?

“It’s about sharing the ways we work whereby all the students in the school are
going to benefit from that expertise rather than maybe just the group that you are
working with.

“Are there simple ways we can share and maximise the positive impacts and
expertise of the particular person within the school context, within the club or within
the sporting organisation and look at strategies to help spread that positive impact?”
he said.

He aims to guide his students on their education journeys through Portobello
Institute.

“I aim to help support the students as they are exploring the world of PE for the first
time and to help facilitate their own learning and their own exploration of it.

“Highlighting that there are lots of different areas, different approaches and
different ways of going about it and helping them to come up with their own
teaching philosophy and their own beliefs about what is quality PE.

“Supporting them around how they could help the people that they are going to be
working with in a school context or maybe in a physical activity context either and to
have really positive experiences that lead to meaningful experiences for their
students.

“I aim to support students, exposing them to different ideas and helping them to
identify things that would be aligned to their beliefs and values in terms of working
with young people or working with people in this area,” he said.

With his academic research and publications and his roles with the IPPEA and
Department of Education, as well as teaching experience, Liam is practice-based and
research-led in his position leading the BA in PE programme.

Qualifications

• Mary Immaculate College, Limerick PhD PhD in the area of Leadership in
Physical Education

• Higher Diploma Probated by Department of Education.

• Mary Immaculate College, Limerick – Bachelor of Education – Education
Specialism: Physical Education

Publications and Selected Conference Presentations

• Clohessy, L, Bowles, R & Ní Chróinín, D (2021): Follow the leader? Generalist
primary school teachers’ experiences of informal physical education
leadership, Education 3-13, 49 (6): 661-673
• Clohessy, L, Bowles, R & NíChróinín, D (2020). “Playing to our Strengths:
Generalist Teachers’ Experiences of Class Swapping for Primary Physical
Education.” European Physical Education Review 26 (2): 571–586. Doi:
10.1177/ 1356336X19877195
• Clohessy, L, (2020), Teaching circus skills for PE using self-paced progressions,
Irish Primary Physical Education Association Conference, Mary Immaculate
College (practical workshop)
• Clohessy, L, (2019), Teaching social skills in physical education, Irish Primary
Physical Education Association Conference, Watershed Kilkenny (practical
workshop)
• Clohessy, L. & Cosgrave, C, (2017) Cooperative games, Irish Primary Physical
Education Association Conference, Croke Park Dublin (practical workshop)
• Clohessy, L. (2016). Quality Primary Physical Education. InTouch. Jan/Feb,158,
49
• Clohessy, L, Bowles, R & NíChróinín, D., (2016), Class swapping for Physical
Education in Irish Primary Schools: Effectively Utilising Generalist Teachers’
Talents, PEPAYS Ireland Annual Forum, Institute of Technology Tralee (Oral
presentation)
• Clohessy, L, Bowles, R & NíChróinín, D., (2016), Playing to our strengths:
Leading physical education in Irish primary schools, European Conference on
Educational Research, University College Dublin from 22-26August, 2016 (Oral
presentation)
• Clohessy, L, Bowles, R & NíChróinín, D (2015) Physical Education in Irish
Primary Schools: Generalist Classroom Teachers Experiences of Subject
Leadership. Oral presentation at AIESEP International Conference, Universidad
Europe Madrid
• Clohessy, L. (2014). Outdoor and Adventure Centres as Part of a PE
Programme. InTouch. Jan/Feb, 141, 63-65

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.

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.

Anthony Sheriff

“I very much took the scenic route to education.”

Anthony Sheriff isn’t joking. After leaving school in Ireland, he spent a year in Australia before returning to Ireland before then going to college in Liverpool. From there he found his way to different cities in the United Kingdom before spending two years as a teacher in Dubai.

Travelling the world may or may not have been a goal for Anthony that he was always aware of but it definitely would have been a surprise to his younger self that he was travelling as a teacher.

“When I was a teenager absolutely I was sports mad. Right back as far as I can remember as a child, my mam always says that I was kicking a football before I could walk. You’d probably struggle to find a sport that I haven’t played or competed in at one stage.

I was never the academic type. I was never the type to be massively interested in school apart from PE. When I was in school all I wanted to do was to be out playing sport really. It’s not that I hated school, I got the work done that had to be done but I think my mind was just on sport the whole time so I was never massively interested.”

Initially after leaving school, Anthony worked in different jobs. He was a greenkeeper, worked in a bar and in construction. He moved to Australia for a year on a whim when his friend asked him if he wanted to go.

Anthony openly admits that he didn’t know what he wanted to do at that stage of his life.

College didn’t become an option for him until he was 22 years of age after leaving secondary school at 18. It was all that time he spent on building sites in Australia that made him realize what he really wanted to pursue in life.

“I was doing a lot of these labouring jobs and it was a bit of craic and all on the site, it was enjoyable at times but I realized it wasn’t what I wanted to do long term. That’s when I started to have a deep think about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”

Since PE was the only thing he had any care for during his time in school, Anthony began searching through online courses to see what qualification he could actually earn and what career he could build. That led him to Liverpool John Moores University in England.

Once he started studying in Liverpool, Anthony no longer had to figure out what he wanted to do. His career outlined itself in front of him.

“Liverpool was where the opportunity was…an absolutely excellent college. It’s just a fantastic place. The tutors the way they worked with us so closely because going into it I was worrying you’d be going into a class of 100 people the way you see college on television and there’s these big lecture halls. It’s very impersonal.

But that wasn’t the experience at all. They focus on each individual. They’re just very, very helpful and the course they put on was excellent.”

After finishing his degree at LJMU, Anthony became a qualified PE teacher in England and earned his master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology. Working in Manchester and studying in Leeds after going to college in Liverpool, Anthony was able to broaden his connections within the sports industry.

Since then he has worked with top level athletes to help them in sports psychology while also starting his own podcast that features some big names across different sports.

The balance between his two areas of expertise, sports psychology and teaching, have helped Anthony to become a very approachable tutor who encourages discussions in lectures to maximize the time he has with his students.

“I believe strongly in working together with the students n my class and will always encourage students to share their opinions to help create interesting discussions. I am also a strong believer in reflective practice and believe that this approach will allow me to improve continuously which will then maximize the student’s potential to achieve their goals.”

The broad nature of Anthony’s skill set and the fact that he has worked internationally in different roles at high levels made him an appealing tutor for Portobello Institute.

Our students continually benefit from his ability to connect with the individual and understand their needs.

“I’m used to working with children, teenagers, adults, whatever it may be. But also when I see students coming in and they’re studying PE, I can better understand them because I’ve taken the scenic route.

A lot of people come in straight from school, straight to college and then back into a classroom teaching whereas I very much didn’t do that. I know what it’s like to finish school and not really have a clue about what you want to do.

I’m one of those people who did every job in the world and I found out what I didn’t want to do before I found out what I did want to do. That’s definitely helped me understand students coming from different areas of life.”

 

Qualifications 

BA(Hons) Education Studies and Physical Education

PGCE Primary Education with PE Specialism

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

 

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

This programme is delivered full-time; in third level education this means 12- 16 hours of lectures per week. 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 classes 2-3 days per week over 2 semesters. Examinations are held at the end of each semester.

There is a fully equipped gym with strength and conditioning equipment available for use as part of your course.

The Difference between Blended Learning and Full Time Delivery Modes

There are two delivery mode options for this degree available in Portobello Institute giving you the freedom to choose how you will learn and making education accessible around work and life commitments.

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 generally scheduled between Tuesday and Thursday. Monday’s lectures are delivered online.

Blended Learning is essentially the same, with a blend of online and on-site lectures taking place at the weekends. This makes it easier for you to study while working full-time. It also makes studying for 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.

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.

Tutor Support

You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to meet you or offer you telephone and email support. For more information about our team, click here. 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.

This level of one-to-one support is unique and is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello Institute. We have invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced sports therapists and clinicians as well as knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme and support you to achieve your personal best.

Online Learning Portal – ePortobello

During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded on to ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessments.

Other delivery modes available

Blended Learning

BA (Hons) Physical Education – Starts October ’22

Location(s)
Portobello Institute
Start Date
1st October 2022

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 03/10/22 – 26/05/23

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 2023 and 2024.

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?

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.

The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you to demonstrate your knowledge of theory and practical as a result of a range of assessments.

Group assignments will add another dimension to your learning experience – they will help you to learn to work in teams and will provide you with benefits of peer learning.

All these methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and encourage and guiding you for future implementation into your career as a physical education teacher.

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.

Alternative route to PE teaching with this programme.

Portobello Institute will offer, from October ’22, 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 the qualifications they require to pursue a career in PE teaching. This BA (Hons) Physical Education fulfills the entry requirement for the PGCEi and MSc programmes. 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.

Wide variety of employment opportunities

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?

Follow the links below to read the many stories of our successful graduates.

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
Read Full Testimonial
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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

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.

Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2022

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

Step 1 – Submit application

Step 2 – Review of application and confirmation of eligibility criteria and entry requirements

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 2022

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 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
Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.

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Step 2

Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria.

Step 3

Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.

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 2022.

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 2022.
  • €611.50 due on 1st November 2022.
  • €611.50 due on 1st December 2022.
  • €611.50 due on 1st January 2023.
  • €611.50 due on 1st February 2023.
  • €611.50 due on 1st March 2023.