In Leaving Certificate physical education, learners have an opportunity to study physical education for their Leaving certificate. The syllabus is designed to appeal to learners who have an interest in and a commitment to participation and performance in physical activity.
The aim of Leaving Certificate physical education is to develop learners' ability to become informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective performers in physical education and physical activity now and in the future.
The emphasis is on providing learners with integrated learning experiences where there is a balance between developing personal performance in selected physical activities and deepening their understanding of the theoretical perspectives that impact on performance and participation in physical activity. These perspectives include learning in the humanities/social sciences and life sciences.