This part-time postgraduate certificate programme is ideally suited to those who are seeking to enhance their career within youth sport and physical education. A combination of one classroom session each week and a structured approach to independent study will equip you to critically evaluate your own professional practice, adopt evidence informed approaches and influence developments within your profession.
The core critical pedagogies units will help you to develop an advanced understanding of teaching and learning, applying this knowledge to current practices in youth sport and physical education. Optional units in professional practice or wellbeing in youth sport will improve your understanding of the context in which youth sport and physical education is delivered. You will also study approaches to monitoring and evaluation, enabling you to critique current practices and evaluate policy.
The curriculum is driven by research in a range of relevant disciplines. You will be involved in critically evaluating current practices and will be supported as you synthesise information from different sources. Unit assessments are designed to allow you to select areas of speciality aligned with your personal career aspirations or interests. This will help you to improve your academic writing and apply research to the latest sector developments.
The teaching team make use of case studies and blended learning, strengthening the link between theory and practice. You will also benefit from our close links with local schools, the Saints Foundation, EduMove and Isle of Wight Public Health.
Study a curriculum that is career focused, emphasising professional development, evaluation skills and applied research.
What does this course lead to?
Graduates will be well prepared for roles in youth sport development, teaching (subject to Qualified Teacher Status), coaching and policy-making. Graduates may also choose to continue their study on our MA Youth Sport and Physical Education course.
Who is this course for?
This PGCert is ideally suited to those who are already working within the sector and would like to further their career with an academic qualification. Applicants should be passionate about youth sport and aspiring to make a difference in the lives of young people through physical activity.
Graduates will be well prepared for roles in youth sports development, coaching, teaching, sports policy-making and academic research.
You will benefit from industry links and partnerships throughout the course. These include connections with local schools, the Saints Foundation, EduMove and Isle of Wight Public Health.
You will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements, although this is not a requirement of the course.
The course team have a number of partnerships and arrangements with local schools, the Saints Foundation and other relevant local organisations.
If you are currently working in youth sport, you can use this experience to enhance your own academic development and better understand the link between theory and workplace practices.