Course Details

Delivered through blended learning, this MSc Physical Education provides you with an in-depth and relevant focus on the  concepts and the key skills underpinning physical education theory and pedagogy.


Masters Degree
Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration
MSc Physical Education
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
7th October 2023
1 year


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 offers 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 further opportunities to develop their expertise in physical education. 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 MSc Physical Education course?

Contemporary content for modern physical education

Developed in 2023, this master’s degree program has been designed and developed to incorporate contemporary and pertinent content that aligns with the current landscape of physical education in modern society. It encompasses up-to-date knowledge and insights, ensuring that students are equipped with relevant information that accurately reflects the present context of physical education.

This master’s program fosters ongoing growth and development as physical educators, emphasizing the adoption of positive attitudes, values, and practices that contribute to continuous improvement as teachers in both the short and long term.

Engage in reflective and transformative learning practices

The curriculum focuses on cultivating an understanding of principles, concepts, and skills that promote best practices, professional leadership, and critical inquiry. Through this program, you are encouraged to engage in reflective and transformative learning experiences that empowers you to enhance your teaching abilities and make a lasting impact in the field of physical education.

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 the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sports, exercise and physical education.

Effectively plan, teach and assess

In this master’s program, you will learn how to effectively plan, teach, and utilize assessment methods within your specific subject area. Drawing upon a wide range of Physical Education knowledge and pedagogical approaches, you will develop the skills to create engaging and impactful learning experiences.

By demonstrating confidence in implementing appropriate and innovative learning activities, you will ensure the steady progression of all groups of learners, while effectively managing behaviour and fostering a conducive atmosphere for learning.

Moreover, you will take responsibility for your own professional growth by actively reflecting on assessment data and evaluating lessons. This reflective practice will enable you to continuously refine your teaching strategies, ensuring that you provide the best possible learning experiences for your students.

  • Research Methods and Physical Education (20 credits)

    The module aims to provide students with the critical knowledge and skills to understand, discuss and evaluate physical education in Ireland and internationally. It will provide students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of current and innovative pedagogical practices as highlighted by the JCPE and LCPE and international equivalents. Students will have the opportunity to critically compare best-practice research evidence with current policy and practice nationally and internationally. Students will have the opportunity to develop evidence informed practice and needs based action research and intervention to inform their own professional development as reflective practitioners.

    Upon completing this module, students should be able to:

    • Critically evaluate the role of national and international governments in implementing PE policy, provision and practice.
    • Critically explore pedagogical knowledge, understanding and skills in PE and identify how theory and practice relate to one another.
    • Critically explore research methods and how research approaches can be used to improve standards of policy, provision and practice in PE.
  • 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
  • Physical Education Teacher Education and Development (20 credits)

    This module encourages continuing development as physical educators and adoption of attitudes, values, and practices that will positively affect growth as a teacher over the short and long term. Understanding of principles, concepts, and skills that promote best practices, professional leadership, and critical inquiry are pursued within this module. 

    Upon completing this module, students should be able to:

    • Critically examine local and global development issues in physical education, cultural and sociological contexts and how they inform the role of continuing professional development in physical education.
    • Critically explore of the physical education teacher as an agent of change in schools and society.
    • Demonstrate use of reflective practice and action research in teaching and learning to explore the relationship between theory and practice in physical education.
  • Teaching Efficacy and Teacher Development (20 credits)

    This module encourages continuing development as physical educators and adoption of attitudes, values, and practices that will positively affect growth as a teacher over the short and long term. Understanding of principles, concepts, and skills that promote best practices, professional leadership, and critical inquiry are pursued within this module.

    Upon completing this module, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate how to plan, teach and use assessment effectively in your specialist subject, draw on a range and depth of Physical Education knowledge and pedagogy.
    • Secure progression of all groups of learners by demonstrating confidence in appropriate and innovative learning activities that progress students through curricular requirements, managing behaviour effectively and creating an atmosphere conducive to learning.
    • Take responsibility for learning and through reflecting on assessment, data and evaluating lessons.
  • 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.
  • Dissertation in Physical Education (60 credits)

    This module aims to enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on educational settings and literature review. During this module, students will develop the skills necessary to plan, carry out, analyse, and report upon the results of an experimental or analytical programme on a scientific topic relating to physical education. The module gives students the opportunity to attain achievement of a high level of personal development by working independently with the necessary supervision. This research will lead to the oral presentation of a detailed written report.

    Upon completing this module, students should be able to:

    • Apply skills and competencies to plan develop and design research including ethics submission for an area relevant to their programme of study.
    • Critically present and appraise the research in a written format .
    • Present the project and defend choices made in a scientific manner.

Who will I learn from?

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.”



BA(Hons) Education Studies and Physical Education

PGCE Primary Education with PE Specialism

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology


How will I learn?

The Difference between Blended Learning and Full-Time Delivery Modes

There are two delivery mode options for this master’s available at 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.

Blended Learning is essentially the same, with a blend of online and on-site lectures taking place at the weekends.  It makes studying for a masters degree more accessible if you live outside of Dublin.

All online-only lectures are recorded for you to catch up on 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.

Delivery Mode

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.

Course Structure

During this Masters programme you will complete six taught modules and one dissertation. You will study three modules in both semester one and in semester two. Your final semester will be dedicated to your dissertation project in Physical Education.


Students who plan to apply for the Qualified Teacher Status must complete 120 days of placement across two secondary schools (the majority of placement days can be spent in one school). A typical school day is 3-4 hours per day. We provide support sourcing placements however students are responsible for sourcing placements suited to their location and availability.

The Academic Calendar

Semester 1 runs from 07/10/23 – 07/01/24.

Assessments take place between 13/01/24 – 27/01/24.

Semester 2 runs from 10/02/24 – 04/05/24.

Assessments take place between 04/05/22 – 19/05/22.

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10am – 4pm.

The schedule of webinars is available here

Webinars are recorded so you may review at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Semester 3

Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 08/06/24 – 30/08/24.

During this semester, you will work with your supervisor to complete a work-based project. Individual tutorials are generally held at times convenient to both.

There are no taught modules during this semester.

Real Life Learning Opportunities

Work Placement

Students who plan to apply for the Qualified Teacher Status must complete 120 days of placement across two secondary schools (the majority of placement days can be spent in one school). A typical school day is 3-4 hours per day. We provide support sourcing placements however students are responsible for sourcing placements suited to their location and availability.

As part of your MSc in Physical Education, you will gain important practical skills and experience through placement. While school settings are recommended, flexibility will be provided to students to also complete placements in other related contexts such as sports clubs and community settings.

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 guide you for future implementation into your career as a physical education professional.

Many practical assessment components can be used to compile a portfolio of evidence for application for Qualified Teacher Status through the Assessment Only route. Further information is available here.


Course Delivery Mode
MSc Physical Education
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
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Career prospects

Alternative route to PE teaching with this programme

With an MSc in Physical Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi), and 120 days placement across two schools,  you are eligible to apply for QTS through the Assessment Only (QTS AO) route. This combined programme of MSc Physical Education, PGCEi and QTS AO is available as a single 2 year programme with an integrated approach to teaching placement and assessments. Click here for further information.

QTS is an English teaching qualification which provides access to teaching in UK and international schools. Application for registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland will have to be made through the “qualified abroad route” and is reviewed by the council on a case-by-case basis.

A wide variety of other career options

Completing an MSc in Physical Education opens up various career opportunities across different sectors. Here are some potential career paths, with an MSc in Physical Education:

  • Sports Coach/Trainer: Your advanced physical education knowledge and expertise can lead to a job as a sports coach or trainer. You can work with individuals or teams in a variety of sports to improve skill development, strategy, and performance.
  • Sports Development Officer: As a sports development officer, you can promote and create physical education programs and initiatives in collaboration with local governments, community organizations, and sports clubs. Your responsibilities may include organizing coaching programs, coordinating sporting events, and involving the community in sports and physical activities.
  • Sports Administration/managerial: A master’s degree in physical education can lead to administration and managerial roles in sports organizations, clubs, and fitness centers. You could be in charge of operations, facility management, event coordination, or sports marketing and promotion.
  • A job in research or academia is another option for those with an MSc in Physical Education. Through research initiatives, publications, and teaching jobs at universities or research organizations, you can help improve knowledge in the topic.


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
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MSc Physical Education, PGCEi & QTS package

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BA (Hons) Physical Education

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 PGCEi and a MSc Physical Education.


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

Jay Lester


As the Sports Admissions Advisor, I work with students from our sports departments. I get to play a vital part in the advancement of peoples lives and career ambitions from supporting students at the start of their journey through education, taking that forward with them as a lifelong passion and desire. Knowledge is key and I carry this message to all who have an interest in joining any of our sports courses.

What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?  

Being in admissions for the sports department you are lucky because not only do you play a vital part in the student’s life by way of providing clear advice on courses you also get to know the students and understand their visions from the very first interaction.

What inspires you about working in education?  

Education has always been a passion of mine as I do firmly believe that with the knowledge and skills for our desired careers, we can really go on to accomplish anything in life. I don’t believe that barriers shouldn’t exist when it comes to education, and I like to ensure nobody else feels they should either.

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

Many of us can recall that one person be it an old schoolteacher or a college tutor who took that extra bit of interest in us, I believe these occurrences are pivotal. I’ve been fortunate enough in life to see the impact education and a second chance can do for people this attracted me into the career I have today.

Why do you want to help students to decide on their course choice?  

I love being a source of support and guidance for students as they navigate through the learning world. Portobello Institute is a special place to do this. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such a dedicated and warm-hearted team and love the dynamic and accommodating environment provided to meet everyone’s needs at every step of their journey.

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How do I apply?

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college

Applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications.

For non-standard entry, applicants would need to be able to demonstrate a comparable academic standard through past studies and relevant work experience.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online booking form.


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


Course Price

Year 1 base fee


Exam Body Reg. Fee


Overall Course Price

Total amount due


Easy Payment Plan

Payment Option 1

30% deposit payment (€3,097.20), followed by 10 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €395.

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Available Courses

Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration Fees Per Year
MSc Physical Education
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
7th October 2023
1 year
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