Course Title
Faculty of Science and Health

Physical Education with Biology

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physical Education with Biology

  • CAO CodeDC205
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 490
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€7,295
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

Physical education (PE) is important to the long-term the physical, social, emotional and intellectual health of our children. The Physical Education with Biology degree involves three strands of study—PE, Biology and Education Studies—all of which will be put into working context in your extensive school placement.

The PE element of the course pairs psychological, biomechanical and sociological theory, with practical instruction on how PE is taught through games, aquatics, gymnastics, dance, athletics and outdoor adventure education.

In the Biology modules you’ll study mammalian anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics, health and junior cycle physics and chemistry, and put your theoretical knowledge into practice through laboratory work. You’ll also learn how best to teach Biology to students.

Education Studies integrates educational theory and practice through 'coaching rather than teaching', which involves group work, reflective diaries, online reporting and reflection, case studies and other problem-based learning approaches.

Why do this course?

  • A modern course developed to meet the changing needs of young people in relation to physical activity, exercise and sport
  • Opportunity to study the human body and its role in physical activity, sport and health
  • A mixture of applied physical education classes, laboratories, lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • Course is supported by state-of-the-art teaching and physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories
  • Graduates qualified to teach general science to Junior Certificate level, and PE and Biology to Leaving Certificate level
  • Relatively small classes allow for individual attention from attentive, approachable staff
  • A small number of places reserved for elite sports people

Student Voice

If you have a passion for sport, science and teaching, then Physical Education with Biology is the course for you. The facilities on offer in DCU are top class and help from our passionate lecturers makes the journey to become a teacher all the more enjoyable.

William Coyne, PE with Biology

About the course

This course involves three strands:

  • Physical Education: The physical education element of the course has theoretical and practical aspects. The theoretical part involves the academic study of human movement through subjects like psychology, biomechanics (the science of movement) and sociology. The practical elements will enhance your teaching skills by engaging you in a range of competitive, aesthetic, adventure, aquatic and artistic activities.

  • Biology: In the Biology element of the degree, you’ll learn the core elements of the biology curriculum, including mammalian anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics, health and junior cycle physics and chemistry. These are enhanced through exposure to laboratory work, ensuring that your theoretical knowledge is put into practice. In Year Two, you’ll cover elements of the junior cycle physics and chemistry syllabi in an innovative and stimulating way. Years Three and Four allow you to specialise in sport and exercise physiology from a theoretical and practical perspective.

  • Education Studies: This part of the course integrates educational theory and practice through ‘coaching rather than teaching’. This involves group work, reflective diaries, online reporting and reflection, case studies and other problem-based learning approaches to gaining the skills, knowledge and mindset necessary to teaching in a changing environment.

To put all of this into practice and provide you with experience, you’ll be placed in schools during Years Two, Three and Four. This gives you an opportunity to explore and clarify many of the key issues you will encounter as a teacher.

Garda vetting has been introduced for students who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults as part of their studies at Dublin City University. Applicants must successfully pass the Garda vetting process in order to complete the process of registration.

View the current course structure →

Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


When you graduate in addition to pursuing further education you will also be qualified to follow a career in:

  • Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Teaching

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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

GCE A Level

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

QQI level 5

No Entry Path

Transfer Applications

Eligible students are those who have successfully completed a Higher Diploma (Level 8) in a related field of study or successfully completed or are about to successfully complete one year of study on a degree course (Level 7 or 8) awarded by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) (formerly the National Council for Education Awards (NCEA)) or by a university established under the Universities Act 1997, or an equivalent qualification awarded by a similar body outside of the State. While it is NOT a pre-requisite for candidates who are applying (having completed one year of study on a degree course) to have studied in a similar or related subject, it may be an advantage if applicant numbers are high.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

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

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

Mature Applicants

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

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physical Education with Biology Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €7,295 €15,000