physical-edu-activity

BA single honours (Top up) Physical Education and Physical Activity 2017/18

Year of entry

The BA (Hons) Physical Education and Physical Activity qualification is designed for you if you have completed a relevant foundation degree and wish to continue with your studies and complete a BA degree. You will more than likely be involved with physical education, physical activities and coaching in mainstream and special schools, afterschool clubs, holiday schemes and clubs for children and young persons.

There are now a wide range of adults supporting the delivery of physical education and physical activity. Therefore, this course is designed to provide you with the additional knowledge, skills and understanding to enhance and extend your practice.

The degree would provide you with an excellent opportunity to complete a work-based higher education qualification. On successful completion of the course there are additional pathways available at Canterbury Christ Church University to train as a qualified teacher, primary, secondary, or to undertake Masters qualifications.

This course provides a blended learning experience of academic and work-related activities which allow you to consider real time situations and improve your practice accordingly. What better way to study and learn at the same time.

This course is suitable for you if you are contributing to physical education, physical activity and physical development within an early years settings, or physical education and physical activity in primary, secondary and special schools. You may also be a sports coach delivering PE and sport in schools and other educational or youth settings.

This is a one year, part-time, work-based course which enables you to gain a qualification whilst continuing to work. The course develops a critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of physical education and physical activity. It will also enhance and extend communication skills, competencies and skill for teachers, coaches and physical activity professionals involved with children and young persons. You will study six modules. Learning takes place in the workplace (10 hours a week) and at University 30 days per academic year, one day per week in line with school term dates.

During the contact sessions of each module there will be discussions of theoretical frameworks supporting content and application of these frameworks to different physical activities and learning environments. The time allocated to independent study will allow for further reading and planning how frameworks apply in the workplace. Meanwhile, the assigned work-based tasks will engage you in learning how principles and concepts operating across different physical activities and physical education settings are applied according to the needs of the learners.

The outline structure of the course achieves a balance between work-based learning and academic University-based learning. It is designed to place significant value on students’ experience in the workplace, supported by part-time attendance at taught modules. The integrated nature of this makes it possible for the process to be seen as a higher education activity in its totality.

There is also the exciting opportunity to research your own topic area of interest within the Independent Study module. You will be supported within this research by a tutor from the team.

On this year long course, you will study the following modules:

Research Methods in Physical Education and Physical Activity

This module aims to introduce you to the epistemological underpinnings to qualitative and quantitative methods in the context of physical education and physical activity. It introduces you to key research concepts (qualitative, quantitative, triangulation) and provides a foundational knowledge base for the research methods process.

Contemporary Issues, Values and Perspectives in Physical Education and Physical Activity

This module aims to introduce you to a range of contemporary issues that apply to physical education and physical activity settings. It aims to engage you in reflection on the contributions of physical education and physical activity to wider society through a range of cultural, political, professional and personal lenses.

Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport

The module aims to enable you to develop and apply advanced subject knowledge, skills, application and understanding in the range of practical activities in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum for Physical Education. Students will develop a conceptual understanding across a range of physical activities and sports.

Physical Activity, Health Enhancing Physical Education

The module aims to enable you to consolidate your understanding of the contested nature of the aims of physical education and the rationale for health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA). This will be achieved through an in depth analysis of factors that underpin learning in physical education and HEPA, supported by studying contemporary research on policies.

Independent Inquiry

The module aims to develop and undertake a detailed small scale study of a particular aspect or issue related to physical education and physical activity. The individual study will also provide you with the opportunity to further develop your understanding and critical appreciation of research strategies, methods and academic writing.

Global Perspectives and Critical Cultural Pedagogies of Physical Education and Physical Activity

This module examines global perspectives of physical education and physical activity from the vantage of a critical cultural approach to pedagogy. The module reflects on the cultural norms that underpin global forms of physical education and physical activity, and examines how these norms shape our own cultural understandings and experiences within these practices.

Participants on the current courses are employed in schools or coaching environments while they study.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £6,165  N/A
Part-time £4,625  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Clothing / Kit You will have the opportunity to purchase sports kit relevant to your course when it starts. This is optional. Sports kit is provided via a third party company and there are a range of prices available depending upon the amount of kit you wish to purchase

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You will study six modules. For each module there will be a number of work-related tasks, additional readings and or online resources i.e. film clips and an assignment. Learning taking place in the workplace will be 10 hours a week. Learning at university will be spread over 30 days per academic year. This equates to one day per week.

Academic input

The staff who teach on the course are highly qualified and are either lecturers or senior lecturers. Currently, all staff are qualified PE teachers and/or have a range of coaching qualifications. All have significant experience in the delivery of physical education and physical activity. Delivery of the course is supplemented by guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds to provide additional input.

Surprising terms

The Work-Based Element (WBE) will be reviewed at the end of each module on a pass/fail basis.

Please note that this course has special regulations .

Part 1 (2,400 words 60%)

You will produce a minimum of two to a maximum of four work-based research tasks (WBT).

2 WBT- 1,200 words each; 3 WBT-800 words each; 4 WBT-600 words each

These will be related to the module; and evidence of reflection on the work-based element.

You will be encouraged to construct your own WBT which could include the following:  

  • Observations during lessons at schools or in after school clubs
  • Reflective writing on teaching episodes
  • Teaching/coaching and the constructive evaluation of an aspect of physical activity and exercise in physical education
  • Critical analysis of physical education and physical activity units of work at the workplace
  • Evaluation of the impact of selected curriculum documents/ policies on physical education for young persons and children
  • Case study
  • Engagement in ethically sound small sized investigation and data collection techniques to investigate problematic issues stemming from the content of the module.

Part 2 (1,600 words 40%)

You can choose to complete (a) or (b).

a) Case Study: You will prepare a critical case study on a national policy that deals with a contemporary issue in the context of physical education and physical activity.

b) Critical essay: You will write a critical essay on a contemporary issue in physical education and physical activity.

The marks for parts one and two of the assignment will contribute to the overall assessment and classification of the degree.

Canterbury Christ Church University has two well-equipped Sports Centres (at Polo Farm and Spring Lane) and we also utilise a number of external facilities across Kent.

Take a look at our Sport Facilities.

We maintain links with a number of external organisations including Kent Sport, the Kent School Games and various coaching companies which provide our students with opportunities to gain experience in supporting delivery of events and competitions.

Fact file

Length

  • 1 year part-time (one day per week)

Starts

  • January

Entry requirements

  • You should have English Language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent) and an A Level of equivalent in the specialist pathway and/or a minimum of 6 months’ experience of teaching or supporting learners in an educational setting within the specialist pathway. You should also have a Foundation degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity or a related subject.

    You will be required to have a recent satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you don’t already have this you can apply for one through your organisation.

    If you don’t meet the normal academic entry requirements, but have the appropriate work experience, you may be offered an opportunity to join the course. In this case you will be required to take and pass the Orientation module.

    If you have less than six months (or equivalent experience) of working with children or young people, an interview may be offered where the following will be assessed:

    • A formal and informal learning history to determine previous experience and suitability for the course
    • A motivation to succeed
    • A realistic expectation and understanding of the work involved in undertaking the course in terms of time and study.

    If you don’t meet the entry requirements, the Programme Director may invite you for an interview at the University.

Location

School

Print or share this page

Connect with us

Last edited: 10/04/2017 15:24:00