BEd (Hons) Sports Studies and Physical Education

University College Cork

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Education Sports Studies and Physical Education degree (BEDSSPE) is a dynamic course that aims to produce creative educators in physical education, sport and physical activity settings.

As well as qualifying to teach physical education, students will also graduate in a chosen specialist arts subject from one of the following: English (five places), Gaeilge/Irish, Mathematics, French, or History.
Graduates from our BEDSSPE degree display independent, innovative thinking, and are agents of change in the areas of physical education, sport, and physical activity settings. Our staff are experts and research-informed practitioners in their discipline.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 22,080

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Most recent 5-year trend data has indicated that 88% of our graduates successfully gain employment in the teaching and coaching sectors.
  • The BEDSSPE also provides a pathway for graduates who wish to study at postgraduate level in sport, physical activity, physical education, wellbeing, physical literacy, or general education.
  • To date, our graduates have found employment in Ireland, the UK, the US, Korea, Canada, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Practical focus ensures graduates have the skills needed to contribute immediately to their employer.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements


  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.


  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5.
TOEFL: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes

  • TOEFL 90: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17
    Pearson PTE Academic: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 63 Minimum individual sections 51.”

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

The graduates from the BEDSSPE degree gain a range of transferable skills in planning, implementing and assessing learning across the lifespan – whether in schools, clubs or communities specifically in the areas of sport, physical activity and physical education. The course, through its school-university partnership, also provides career advice and preparation practice for interviews for all our students.
Graduates are very well placed to begin a postgraduate course of study through our School of Education M.Ed, or cohort PhD routes also.


Students Garda Vetting: All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.