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BSc Hons in Sports Science and Physical Education

Course Type: CAO and Third Level
Institute Name: Portobello Institute
Fee: on request
Course Locations: Dublin City Centre
Application Deadline: Course Runs Regularly

Course Details

The BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Physical Education awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU) is one of the first such degrees in the UK. In Ireland the demand for skilled, highly trained graduates in this specialised area is at an all time high. Knowledge and understanding of Sports Science and Physical Education is developed through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practicals and laboratory based sessions, and through the guided use of student centered learning activities such as problem solving exercises, case studies, directed reading and e-learning. The 1st year provides a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in all disciplines of sports science including psychology, human physiology and anatomy with the addition of specific PE workshops and practicals. The focus of Year 2 is the application of knowledge and in particular the science behind effective teaching and learning in sport. The final Year 3 emphasis is placed on advanced and applied aspects of sports performance and physical education

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 3 years. (This course can also be studied on a part time basis over 4 years)

Once students have completed year 1 they have the option to complete year 2 and 3 of Sports Science and Physical Education or change over to complete year 2 and 3 of Sports Therapy.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application.  Acceptance to this course is interview based.  Leaving Certificate students require 6 passes, 3 at Higher Level and a minimum C in Hons Biology.

Alternate entry route with the 1 of the following:
•Portobello Institute FETAC Level 5 in Sports Science and Coaching programme with 4 merits achieved in 4 subjects including Anatomy and Physiology.  Portobello Institute student’s gain direct entry to year 1 and are exempt from interview process.
•or entry via interview from a similar programme with equivalent grades from alternate college
•Portobello Institute Sports Therapy programme with a credit achieved in Level 4 sports massage.  Portobello Institute student’s gain direct entry to year 1 and are exempt from interview process.
•or entry via interview with ITEC level 4 sports massage programme with minimum of merit grade from alternate college
•Mature students are reviewed on a case by case basis and entry is via interview, preferable to have a grounding in science and a previous academic qualification.  Please contact college to discuss your background.

Qualifications Gained

BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Physical Education awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU)

Career Opportunities and Progression Routes

Successful completion of this course will provide graduates with a general scientific training along with an understanding of physical education and child development.

Course Content Modules

Year 1 (Level 6)

Essential Principles in Sports Science

Sports Anatomy and Physiology

Practical Sports Experience

Science, Research and Application

Year 2 (Level 7)

Sports Physiology

Psychological Factors in Sport

Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching

Sports Science Research Methods

Bio-mechanics of Human Movement (optional)

 Year 3 (Level 8)

Curriculum Development in Physical

Advanced Coaching Theory and Practice

Sports Science and Therapy and Dissertation

Sports Psychology and the Elite Athlete

Applied Principles of Sports Physiology (optional)

Biomedical Implications of Exercise

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