BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport

  • Study Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity

Overview

UCAS Code:X390
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Department of Sport and Physical Activity
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Underpinned by cutting-edge research which provides the vital skills and knowledge required for employment in physical education, youth sport and physical activity related settings;
  • Develop a practical and contextual understanding of physical education and school sport;
  • Take advantage of some of the best sports facilities in higher education and an experienced research-active teaching team at the forefront of national developments.

This contemporary and consistently popular degree prepares students for a career within school-based physical education, physical activity, health and sport. It recognises how Physical Education and School Sport (PESS) is an important part of the National Curriculum and Government agendas and is a programme that will immerse you in a range of relevant themes. Through innovative practical and theoretical delivery the degree will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work confidently and effectively in the fields of physical education, children’s physical activity and health, or youth sport. The linked areas of study will enable you to work within these areas as well as understand the associations between them.

Student Profiles

  • Sarah Smith

    BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
    If you come here you'll have the best three years of your life while learning so much about yourself and your chosen subject along the way.
  • Alex Winstanley

    BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
    Since starting my degree I've had constant opportunities for both personal and professional development and found all the staff to be very encouraging and enthusiastic.
  • Mark Smith

    BA (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
    My course has given me all that it said it would and everything we do is relevant. At the moment I am spending lots of time in schools gaining valuable experience for the future as well as volunteering as a Community Sports Coach.
Department of Sport and Physical Activity

Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will be introduced to the concept of developing physically literate young people with the purpose of enabling them to live active, healthy lives. Modules examine school-based health activities, different approaches to delivering physical education and school sport, children’s growth and development as well as the anatomy and physiology underpinning movement during exercise. You will also explore the key skills required for studying and writing academically in university.

In Year 2, you will extend your understanding of the issues that impact upon healthy lifestyles from schools into society, with practical activities to enhance your aesthetic awareness, knowledge and teaching. You will explore how young people develop cognitively, consider the various sociological factors that impact upon both educators and young people, and examine the contemporary policies that explicitly and implicitly influence physical education practice. Year 2 will also introduce to you the research process, developing your ability to devise research questions and develop sampling techniques.

Year 3 allows you to put theoretical perspectives into practice. You will extend your understanding of special educational needs and disabilities and undertake modules analysing disadvantaged populations, and issues of power and control in educational environments. You will also have the chance to demonstrate your understanding of physical education and school sport through a work-based placement and a module that seeks to further develop your practical teaching skills. A dissertation enables you to pursue a personal area of interest related to physical education and school sport through the undertaking of an independent research project.

How will I study?

A wide range of methods will be used to help you learn including lectures, seminars and laboratory work, tutorials, workshops, presentations, fieldwork, directed independent study, research and ICT based learning. For each module you will have a module booklet and access to an electronic learning resource area that tells you what sessions are about, what to read, how you will be assessed and coursework guidance.

You will undertake a work-based placement during the final year of the programme.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is varied. You will learn to write essays, projects, reports, critically analyse papers, prepare poster presentations, plan/deliver/evaluate teaching sessions and propose and write a piece of original independent research. We may use formal examinations from time to time, but they never account for more than 50% of the marks for any module.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly experienced and enthusiastic staff with a wealth of experience of working within a physical education context.

The programme team are at the forefront of national and local developments in the subject and are actively involved in research projects that influence the way in which PE and school sport develops.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Physical Education and School SportThe Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities including dedicated biomechanics, physiology, kinanthropometry and psychology laboratories, as well as a sports therapy clinic and a sport and exercise rehabilitation centre.

There are £30 million of sport and leisure facilities across 60 acres on campus, including top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. A new sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.

Modules

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Year 1

SPT1642 Foundations of Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching (20 credits)

Foundations of Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching focuses on the study of education through the physical medium. Through theoretical input and practical sessions, the expectations and requirements of current National Curriculum and school sport provision will be investigated and developed. This practical teaching module will also emphasise and foster links with the Teachers’ Standards. You will demonstrate personal development of teaching practice, gain an understanding of the fundamentals of teaching (such as the planning, development and management of an inclusive learning environment), and develop your knowledge of the Physical Education curriculum and progressive activities across key stages.

SPT1643 Foundations of Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning (20 credits)

Foundations of Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning provides you with an introduction to the essential pedagogical nature of the work of Physical Education and School Sport practitioners. The module will make you aware of the fundamental assumptions underpinning a selection of key learning theories, as well as developing your knowledge of how these theories could be applied to facilitate and assess learning in physical education and school sport settings. You will also become familiar with the issues and practices surrounding the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments.

SPT1644 Critical Enquiry and Academic Skill in Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Critical Enquiry and Academic Skill in Physical Education and School Sport requires you to become familiar with the academic conventions of studying in higher education. You will become proficient with the expected standards of referencing and submission of work, thinking and writing in a critically analytical manner, and identifying appropriate literature from books, journals and other appropriate sources to inform their work. You will also be introduced to important ways of searching relevant databases both within and beyond physical education and school sports contexts.

SPT1645 Foundations of School-Based Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

Foundations of School-Based Physical Activity and Health provides an introduction to concepts and issues related to physical activity and health in the context of schools and young people. You will be enabled to assimilate and apply policy and research evidence to further your understanding of the relationships between young people’s school-based physical activity and associated health outcomes.

SPT1646 Foundations of Children's Growth and Movement Development (20 credits)

Foundations of Children’s Growth and Movement Development provides you with a basic understanding of the developmental processes that a child undergoes from birth through to physical maturity. This is further combined with an understanding of movement skills, their classification and the sequential manner in which they are achieved through to adolescence. To improve and develop your understanding, the module will provide you with the observational and practical skills necessary to assess the motor capabilities of young children. Reflecting on current research should enable you to rationalise the need for application of this knowledge to developing children, in order that their full potential as a physically literate individual is possible.

SPT1647 Movement Science Foundations of Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Movement Science Foundations of Physical Education and School Sport provides you with a basic understanding of the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles underpinning physical education.  You will also be exposed to the concepts of training and the adaptations that occur due to prolonged physical activity.  You will therefore be equipped with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills for developing scientifically informed practice within the physical education setting.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either SPT1642 Foundations of Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching or SPT1643 Foundations of Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning.

Year 2

SPT2641 Contemporary Politics and Policy of Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Contemporary Politics and Policy of Physical Education and School Sport enables you to critically analyse the theory and practice of the policy process involving Physical Education and School Sport within wider educational settings. The module will appraise the role of Physical Education and School Sport within overarching Government sport policy and enable you to appreciate how the two do not stand alone in isolation. In addition, the Physical Education curriculum itself will be studied to discover the effect of policy upon pedagogical practice.

SPT2642 Contemporary Issues in Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching focuses on the study of education through the physical medium. Through theoretical input and practical sessions, the expectations and requirements of the current National Curriculum and school sport provision will be investigated and developed. This practical teaching module will also emphasise and foster links with the Teachers’ Standards. You will further your understanding of the fundamentals of teaching (such as the planning, development and management of an inclusive learning environment), demonstrate an applied awareness of how theory can underpin practice, and develop your knowledge of the components that contribute to effective practical performance.

SPT2643 Sociological Issues in Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning (20 credits)

Sociological Issues in Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning enables you to consider identity within the sociological context of physical education and school sport. Using the concepts and methodologies of the social sciences, you will develop a critical understanding of the embodied nature of educational phenomena through an examination of the intersectionality between class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, (dis)ability and ageing (amongst others) and their contribution to the processes of cultural and social reproduction. You will be expected to critically reflect upon the challenges, choices and constraints that practitioners and young people routinely face within the complexity of the educational environment and wider society.

SPT2644 Psychology for Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Psychology for Physical Education and School Sport recognises that enhancing children’s positive attitudes toward Physical Education and School Sport and creating motivationally favourable atmospheres are key to effective teaching and learning. This module provides you with the psychological knowledge and practical guidelines necessary for effective Physical Education and School Sport instruction. You will focus on specific themes and issues relating to children’s participation in Physical Education and School Sport and beyond, exploring the reasons for children’s engagement and disaffection in Physical Education and School Sport settings. This investigation will incorporate the study of psychological theories and concepts with consideration for the reciprocal roles of teachers and children in promoting positive and active learning environments.

SPT2645 Contemporary Issues in Young People's Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Young People’s Physical Activity and Health focuses on current issues relevant to children and young people’s physical activity and health. You will become familiar with a range of contemporary issues relevant to physical activity, fitness, sedentary behaviour, and health indicators among children and young people. Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour will be examined as will physical activity and health from the perspective of specific populations such as pre-school children and adolescent girls.

SPT2647 Developing Research Skills for Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Developing Research Skills for Physical Education and School Sport fosters your understanding of the nature and process of conducting research in applied settings. The module will focus on developing your ability to define appropriate research questions, become familiar with (and select) suitable research methods and methodologies, and undertake data analysis. You will also be introduced to a range of research designs and sampling techniques.

Year 3

SPT3220 Dissertation (40 credits)

Dissertation allows you to engage in an in-depth independent research project, specialising your focus on a relevant area of interest.

SPT3642 Advanced Issues in Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching (20 credits)

Advanced Issues in Practical Physical Education and School Sport Teaching focuses on the study of education through the physical medium. You will investigate the expectations and requirements of the current National Curriculum and school sport provision, plan for the development of physical activities using appropriate resources, and learn to deliver inclusive physical activity sessions using a range of learning strategies.

SPT3643 Advanced Issues in Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning (20 credits)

Advanced Issues in Physical Education and School Sport Teaching and Learning enables you to critically consider the complexities of learning environments within the context of physical education and school sport. Underpinned by contemporary pedagogical theories, you will develop a critical understanding of the negotiated processes that practitioners face in developing and maintaining effective learning environments. Through an examination of socialisation processes, you will examine the opportunities, challenges, constraints and choices routinely faced by practitioners of physical education and school sport. You will reflect critically upon the interactions and micropolitics of cooperation, contestation and conflict routinely faced by practitioners in teaching and learning environments and consider how this may impact upon your future practice.

SPT3644 Work-Based Placement (20 credits)

Work-Based Placement provides an opportunity for you to undertake a period of work-based learning in the Physical Education and School Sport industry. The work-based placement will be supported with an academic component which will prepare you with the skills and awareness of professional practice and the demands of industry settings in order to design, deliver and evaluate a ‘real life’ project in collaboration with the placement provider and module staff.

SPT3645 Special Educational Needs and Disability in Physical Education and School Sport (20 credits)

Special Educational Needs and Disability in Physical Education and School Sport enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disability in the context of physical education and school sport. You will critique issues related to special educational needs and disability in special schools as well as mainstream school settings. A range of learning and physical disabilities will be explored to provide you with an accurate understanding of how you impact on teaching and learning from the perspectives of teachers and children. The application of this understanding will be developed through analysis of both current research and contemporary issues relating to the teaching of physical education and school sport to children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 320 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include A Level Physical Education at Grade B or an equivalent qualification;
  • 2017/18 Entry – 128 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include A Level Physical Education at Grade B or an equivalent qualification.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – ABB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The programme will prepare you for a wide range of career pathways within a physical education and school sport context. You will graduate well equipped for employment in the sports industry or allied professional occupations. The degree also provides ideal preparation for applying to train to teach on a PGCE or other routes into teaching.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to select the language modules as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

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