Physical Education with Biology

Physical Education with Biology

Course Details

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Four Years
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Do you really enjoy getting active while also having a passion for subjects such as biology and science?


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This course is a brilliant opportunity to blend your interests in a substantive way and go on to make a positive impact on society through education. Once you graduate, you can teach PE and Biology up to Leaving Cert level, and Science for Junior Cert level, or choose from a wide range of other exciting career paths.

This course offers a unique blend of academic subjects, taught in a way that emphasises learning through practical experiences. During the course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the content, theory, and skills of different physical activities (such as athletics, games, aquatics, dance, and outdoor activities), biology, science and education. You’ll also improve your communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills.

Future-proof your life

In both third and fourth year, you’ll do a comprehensive professional school placement and you can also choose to study overseas through the Erasmus programme.

The course includes various ways of learning and teaching, for example face-to-face and online lectures, small group work, independent work, practical classes, professional placement, and research.

While you can go on to become a post-primary PE, biology and science teacher in Ireland or abroad, you’ll also well placed to go on to complete a coaching qualification or to pursue other careers in education, exercise science, physical education, physical therapy, and life sciences. Alternatively, you may go on to pursue a master’s or doctorate qualification.

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Anthony Lawless

When I was in secondary school I decided I wanted to be a PE teacher, but I did not succeed in getting the points in my Leaving Cert. I have dyslexia and found secondary school very difficult.

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Careers & Further Options

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When you graduate you will be qualified for teaching posts at all second-level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive schools) and for admission to the Open Register of the Teaching Council (see for further details). 

Graduates are qualified to teach general science to Junior Certificate level and PE and Biology to Leaving Certificate level. 

Through the many skills you have learned on this course, you can also pursue other options such as coaching, sports development and further education.



  • Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Teaching

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.


Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O4 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O4 or H6 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C or GCSE C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Physics with Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science

Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. The specific criteria for entry may vary for each programme. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places, so early application is advised. Submission of an application does not guarantee an offer. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

Teaching council certified qualifications that cover all modules in Year 1 of our programme are a pre-requisite for admission to the second year. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

Course Structure

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  • Applied Studies in Athletics, Games, and Aesthetic Activities 
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Teaching HRA in PE 
  • Motor Learning and Development 
  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation
  • Irish Education History 
  • Practical Biology 
  • Applied Studies in Athletics, Aquatics and Aesthetic and Outdoor Activities
  • Microteaching and School Placement 
  • Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences 
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Activity Psychology
  • Microbiology and Genetics 
  • Cell and Molecular Physiology 
  • Pollution and Biosphere 
  • Bioscience and Society
  • Applied Study in Games
  • Inclusion and Adaptation in PE and Physical Activity 
  • Program Decisions, Policy & Curriculum Models in PE 
  • Mammalian and Anatomy Physiology 
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Education 
  • Access, Disadvantage, Equality in Education 
  • Plant Science
  • Teaching Strategies and Professional Preparation 
  • Teaching and Assessing JC Science
  • Professional Placement 
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Health and Fitness
  • Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Biology
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation 
  • Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning PE and Biology
  • Teaching in Online and Blended Environments 
  • Professional Placement 
  • School Research

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€7,295 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th of November.

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