Physical Education with Mathematics

Physical Education with Mathematics

Course Details

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8 - Please see for further information
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4 yr
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Do you really enjoy both physical activity and mathematics? This course is a brilliant opportunity to combine your passions and go on to make a positive impact on society through education.


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Once you graduate from this course, you can teach these subjects up to Leaving 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), maths 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 and maths 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 maths. Alternatively, you may go on to pursue a master’s or doctorate qualification.

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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 PE and Mathematics 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.



  • Education
  • Sports Development


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 O1 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 Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry 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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  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Calculus 
  • Linear Algebra 
  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation 
  • Teaching HRA in PE 
  • Irish Education History 
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Applied Studies in Games, Athletics, and Aesthetic Activities
  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation
  • Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences 
  • Geometry 
  • Modelling with Differential Equations 
  • Calculus of Several Variables 
  • Probability, Descriptive, and Inferential Statistics 
  • Applied Studies in Aquatics, Adventure Activities, and Aesthetic Activities
  • Physical Activity Psychology
  • Applied Studies in Games
  • Inclusion and Adaptation in PE and Physical Activity 
  • Programme Decisions, Policy, & Curriculum Models in PE 
  • Teaching and Assessing JC Maths 
  • Professional Placement 
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Education 
  • Access, Disadvantage, Equality in Education 
  • Discrete Maths
  • Analysis 
  • Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Mathematics 
  • Abstract Algebra 
  • Teaching in Online and Blended Environments 
  • Adventure Activities 
  • Health and Fitness
  • School Research
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning PE and Maths
  • Professional Placement

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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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: 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 from the 6th of November.

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