Coaching Science & Sports Pedagogy (Honours)

  • Course Code

    MT 915

  • Field of Study

    Coaching Science,Sports Pedagogy

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BSc (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course Duration:

4 Years (8 semesters)

Admission Requirements:

For admission to this programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements
  • Garda Vetting

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.



Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit). The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.


Info re MTU Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to MTU courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, MTU offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a MTU Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the MTU Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information

Work Placement

Formal work placement (1 full semester, minimum of 12 weeks) takes place in Semester 1 of Year 4.


Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies

The BSc (Hons) in Coaching Science & Sports Pedagogy is a 4-year programme designed to introduce students to the applications of coaching science and physical education pedagogy, in addition to the scientific aspects of sports performance and health. 


The programme focuses on key theories with applied research and practical skills in these core domains to provide graduates with the relevant knowledge, skills and competences to work as professionals in a wide range of sports coaching, athletic development, and health and wellbeing settings. The option of a comprehensive sports internship programme that provides not just breadth, but also significant depth, in the operational machinations of the ‘coaching science and sports performance’ industry in Ireland and/or abroad, is an integral component of this programme.


This programme also serves to prepare graduates for postgraduate opportunities in the much sought after domain of physical education (PE) teacher education. To achieve this, a dedicated suite of PE-specific modules, that meet the pre-requisites for application to the Level 9 Professional Master of Education (PME) in Physical Education (PE) in Ireland, and a range of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programmes in Physical Education in the UK and further abroad, are embedded across the 4 years of study. The option of a comprehensive placement opportunity in a support role in a post-primary school PE Department is also a key strength of this programme, as it introduces and exposes prospective graduates to the day-to-day operation of a post-primary school setting across a 12-week period, while integrating them into that school’s physical education curriculum and culture.



Further Studies

In addition to the postgraduate pathway into PE teaching, suitably qualified graduates may progress at postgraduate level in the areas of Physiotherapy, Strength & Conditioning, Health Promotion, and a variety of sports-related masters programmes. MTU Bishopstown Campus also coordinates a highly successful research group titled HEx-Spo which offers masters and PhD programmes in the areas of coaching science, sports performance, physical activity and exercise, health promotion, and skill acquisition.


The Department of Sport, Leisure & Childhood Studies at MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork also coordinates a highly successful Research Group in the broad area of sport, exercise and health, titled HEx-Spo, which offers Masters and PhD programmes in the areas of coaching science, sports performance, physical activity and exercise, health promotion, and skill acquisition.


Question Time

Is there any established direct progression route to the PME (PE teaching) i.e. will there be any places reserved on the PME for graduates of this new programme?
No, there is not a direct progression route. Whilst the honours degree covers the Teaching Council requirements for PE Education, the application to the University of Limerick (UL) PME is separate.


Recorded November 2021


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Programme Expertise Pathway:
Stratified by Mandatory & Elective Choice

Mandatory Pathway Expertise Elective Pathway Expertise
Recreational and Youth Sporths Coaching Health Promotion
High Performance Sports Management/Coaching Personal Training & Gym Instruction
Sports Pedagogy Physical Activity across the Lifespan
Applied Sports Psychology Sports Marketing
Skill Acquisition Study Abroad options (Erasmus)
Strength & Conditioning  
Sports Nutrition  
Adapted Physical Activity  
Completion of Undergraduate Dissertation  
Semester-long Placement (study abroad option)  

First Year at a Glance 
  • PE Pedagogy Modules: In this suite of modules, students are introduced to aspects of sports pedagogy such as technical development, tactical awareness, safe and inclusive participation, and personal and social development in a variety of PE curriculum areas such as Games, Athletics, Adventure Activities, Gymnastics, and Dance, 
  • The Science & Art of Coaching: This module focuses on developing the critical skills related to understanding how coaching is both a science and an art (i.e. an 'artful science'). Students will learn about models of best principles and practice in coaching as well as how to develop a coaching philosophy.
  • Motor Development in Youth: This module focuses on the development of a child’s bones and muscles, and their ability to move around and manipulate their environment. It is delivered through the lens of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), and how these can be developed among children.
  • Gym Instruction: This module prepares the student for work as a gym instructor and as a circuit training instructor. The emphasis is on the student’s ability to perform and demonstrate exercises correctly and on developing their skills to instruct.
  • Sports Psychology: This module provides students with an introduction to the basic theories of sports psychology and identifies ways in which it can be used in a sports performance setting.
  • Nutrition for Health: This module is designed to provide students with an understanding of the area of nutrition and its relationship with health-related matters such as diet, weight management and obesity.

The BSc (Hons) in Coaching Science & Sports Pedagogy programme combines key theories with applied research and practical skills to afford graduates appropriate knowledge, skills and competences to work as professionals in a wide range of settings in the (i) sports coaching, and (ii) high performance sport, or (iii) health and wellbeing industries, in addition to (iv) meeting the Teaching Council Guidelines to apply for a PME (or equivalent) in Physical Education. 



Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:

Entry 2021: 410

CAO Cut off:

Not Specified

CAO Average:

Not Specified

Dr Cian O'Neill, Head of Department
021 4335823

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