The course will help provide you with the knowledge and experience required for a successful application to teacher training. Throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to work with local schools and coaching organisations. You will also benefit by having access to the University’s modern, well-equipped human performance laboratory.
This course combines both the practical and theoretical study of the techniques and skills involved in the teaching and learning of sport, and how to respond to the changing demands of physical education. You will develop knowledge of the fundamentals of physical education and youth sport, including applied coaching, child development, pedagogical skills, sport and education policy and practice, and sport science.
The BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education is practice-based and you will be taught through a combination of; practical classes, workshops, lectures and seminars with a contemporary focus on pedagogy in coaching and physical education. Through the coaching studies module you will also have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body qualifications in a variety of sports. There will also be opportunities for you to apply for work experience within local schools and colleges, sports clubs and societies to enhance the development of practical skills and teaching capabilities.
You will explore the national curriculum at primary and secondary school level and be involved in the full range of curriculum areas including major games, dance and outdoor and adventure activities so that you will have a complete background to move onto PGCE teacher training or be a community sports coach.
Assessment is 100% course work which includes; essays, reports, case study analyses, presentations, portfolios, and reflective writing. There will also be on-going assessment of transferable skills such as session planning and delivery and adaptation. Collaborative working is incorporated where appropriate to enable you to engage in more complex projects which will also be assessed.
Employment opportunities include teaching and coaching young people in sport across a wide range of positions in private, state and voluntary sectors. Typical roles include community sports coach and teaching assistant and the professional development and employability module in level 6 will help you prepare for progression into suitable roles or QTS training opportunities.