Physical Education

Portobello Institute

Physical Education

Overview
Geared towards aspiring educators, this master’s program is tailored to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of physical education. The curriculum encompasses a variety of modules that explore topics such as learning methodologies, teaching strategies, and core principles of physical education. Alongside academic coursework, students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through placements and culminate their studies with a thesis project.

A degree from a recognised global leading sports university
This degree is designed to professionally develop practitioners to progress in both their practical and future academic career. The MSc in physical education is awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), graduates will hold an instantly recognised qualification from one of the world’s leading universities for sports science and physical education.

This course has been co-developed by Portobello Institute and the expert academic team in LJMU.

This master’s program fosters ongoing growth and development as physical educators, emphasising the adoption of positive attitudes, values, and practices that contribute to continuous improvement as teachers in both the short and long term.

You will also learn about the underpinning principles of sports science as well as practical learning and teaching skills relating to work as a physical education teacher or sports coach. You will learn how to facilitate the enhancement of physical education through effective teaching. You will understand the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sports, exercise and physical education.

Why should I study this course?
Accessible, affordable, achievable

There is an easy payment plan designed to make the course affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in sports, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this level 9 Masters, you will hold a MSc Physical Education awarded by Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU), one of the leading universities globally for physical education.

You will be registered as a student of LJMU for the duration of your studies.

LJMU have forged links with highly regarded institutions, both in the UK and around the world. Learn more about their collaborative partners and review their register for Collaborative Provision by following this link https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/academic-registry/collaborative-partners/ljmus-academic-collaborative-partners

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK
The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement.

What will I study during this MSc Physical Education course?
Contemporary content for modern physical education
Developed in 2023, this master’s degree program has been designed and developed to incorporate contemporary and pertinent content that aligns with the current landscape of physical education in modern society. It encompasses up-to-date knowledge and insights, ensuring that students are equipped with relevant information that accurately reflects the present context of physical education.

This master’s program fosters ongoing growth and development as physical educators, emphasizing the adoption of positive attitudes, values, and practices that contribute to continuous improvement as teachers in both the short and long term.

Engage in reflective and transformative learning practices
The curriculum focuses on cultivating an understanding of principles, concepts, and skills that promote best practices, professional leadership, and critical inquiry. Through this program, you are encouraged to engage in reflective and transformative learning experiences that empowers you to enhance your teaching abilities and make a lasting impact in the field of physical education.

You will also learn about the underpinning principles of sports science as well as practical learning and teaching skills relating to work as a physical education teacher or sports coach. You will learn how to facilitate the enhancement of physical education through effective teaching. You will understand the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sports, exercise and physical education.

Effectively plan, teach and assess
In this master’s program, you will learn how to effectively plan, teach, and utilize assessment methods within your specific subject area. Drawing upon a wide range of Physical Education knowledge and pedagogical approaches, you will develop the skills to create engaging and impactful learning experiences.

By demonstrating confidence in implementing appropriate and innovative learning activities, you will ensure the steady progression of all groups of learners, while effectively managing behaviour and fostering a conducive atmosphere for learning.

Moreover, you will take responsibility for your own professional growth by actively reflecting on assessment data and evaluating lessons. This reflective practice will enable you to continuously refine your teaching strategies, ensuring that you provide the best possible learning experiences for your students.

Subjects taught

The modules undertaken to complete this MSc Physical Education are as follows.
Physical Education as a Learning Process
Physical Teacher Education & Development
Teaching Efficacy and Teacher Development
Physical Literacy & Universal Models in Physical Education
History, Policy & International Development of Curriculum in PE
Research Methods
Dissertation in Physical Education

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 2.2 (or equivalent) in a related subject discipline. You should also submit an up-to-date CV and copies of awards/professional qualifications.

For non-standard entry, applicants would need to be able to demonstrate a comparable academic standard through past studies and relevant work experience.

Application dates

How do I apply?
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Step 1
Complete the online booking form (see "Application Weblink" below.

Step 2
Applicants will be contacted for confirmation of the entry criteria.

Step 3
Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria, may be required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.

Duration

1 year blended.

Enrolment dates

Start Dates:
10th February 2024.
12th October 2024.

THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR - FEBRUARY 2024 START DATE
Semester 1 runs from 10/02/24 – 31/05/24
Semester 2 runs from 12/10/24 – 31/01/25
Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 08/02/25 – 31/05/25. During this semester, you will work with your supervisor to complete a work-based project. Individual tutorials are generally held at times convenient to both. There are no taught modules during this semester.
Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm.

The schedule for February 2024 is available on our website.

Schedules are subject to change.

Webinars are recorded so you may review them at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR - OCTOBER 2024 START DATE
Semester 1 runs from 12/10/24 – 25/01/25
Semester 2 runs from 08/02/25 – 31/05/25
Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 06/06/25 – 31/08/25. During this semester, you will work with your supervisor to complete a work-based project. Individual tutorials are generally held at times convenient to both. There are no taught modules during this semester.
Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm.

Schedules are subject to change.

Webinars are recorded so you may review them at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Post Course Info

Career prospects
Alternative route to PE teaching with this programme
With an MSc in Physical Education, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (PGCEi), and 120 days placement across two schools, you are eligible to apply for QTS through the Assessment Only (QTS AO) route. This combined programme of MSc Physical Education, PGCEi and QTS AO is available as a single 2 year programme with an integrated approach to teaching placement and assessments. Click here for further information.

QTS is an English teaching qualification which provides access to teaching in UK and international schools. Application for registration with the Teaching Council of Ireland will have to be made through the “qualified abroad route” and is reviewed by the council on a case-by-case basis.

A wide variety of other career options
Completing an MSc in Physical Education opens up various career opportunities across different sectors. Here are some potential career paths, with an MSc in Physical Education:
- Sports Coach/Trainer: Your advanced physical education knowledge and expertise can lead to a job as a sports coach or trainer. You can work with individuals or teams in a variety of sports to improve skill development, strategy, and performance.

- Sports Development Officer: As a sports development officer, you can promote and create physical education programs and initiatives in collaboration with local governments, community organizations, and sports clubs. Your responsibilities may include organizing coaching programs, coordinating sporting events, and involving the community in sports and physical activities.

- Sports Administration/managerial: A master’s degree in physical education can lead to administration and managerial roles in sports organizations, clubs, and fitness centres. You could be in charge of operations, facility management, event coordination, or sports marketing and promotion.

- A job in research or academia is another option for those with an MSc in Physical Education. Through research initiatives, publications, and teaching jobs at universities or research organizations, you can help improve knowledge in the topic.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Blended,Part time

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