Physical education (PE) is important to the long-term physical, social, emotional and intellectual health of our children. The Physical Education with Mathematics degree involves three strands of study—PE, Mathematics 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 Mathematics modules you’ll study maths for the physical sciences, linear maths, calculus, differential equations, numerical methods and abstract algebra. You’ll also learn how best to teach maths to second level students.
Our focus offers students the unique opportunity to learn how to teach both subjects through hands on practical experience, with small class sizes that allow students direct access to leading experts in both disciplines.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Throughout the second third and fourth years of the course students will experience several different school placements giving them the opportunity to clarify many key issues as a teacher.
Graduates find careers in Post Primary Teaching, Coaching, Sports Development