Foundation Degree Physical Education and
Physical Activity

This Foundation Degree has been designed for teaching assistants and people who are, or would like to be involved with physical education, physical activities and coaching in mainstream and special schools, afterschool clubs, holiday schemes, and clubs for children and young people.

This course has been developed in response to government reports emphasising the importance of daily moderate and vigorous physical activities and the OFSTED (2013) Report ‘Beyond 2012 Outstanding Physical Education for All’ which proclaimed that the best practices for a successful PE curriculum occurred when:

  • “teachers enlisted the support of coaches, parents and other volunteers to run sports teams after school, or organise sporting events to enable pupils to compete against pupils in other schools (Ofsted 2013, pg 54);
  • specialist coaches, particularly those with links to local sports clubs, worked alongside teachers in lessons and in extra-curricular activities to foster pupils’ interest in sport outside of school and generate exceptional levels of sporting performance (Ofsted 2013, pg 55)”.

This qualification supports the “Participant Development Model” (participation and recreational oriented sports people as a separate route from performance orientated elite athletes and teams) as outlined in The UK Coaching Workforce Framework: the Participant development model user guide (NCF, 2009).

As this is a part-time, work-based programme, it enables you to gain a qualification whilst continuing to work. Learning takes place both in the workplace (10 hours per week) and at University (30 days per academic year). You will study the following modules each year:

Year 1  (Level 4, 120 credits)

  • Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Teaching and Coaching across the Curriculum
  • Fundamental Movement and Activity for Physical Development
  • Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
  • Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity for Health
  • Leading and Managing Physical Education and School Sport

Year 2  (Level 5, 120 credits)

  • Pedagogical Models for Games
  • Pedagogical Models for Physical Activity and Health
  • Assessment in Physical Education and School Sport
  • Inclusion and Adapted Physical Activities
  • Coaching in School and the Community
  • Physical Education and School Sport Project.

The course includes practical performance across a series of modules. The award of the ASA Certificate for Teaching School Swimming KS1-2 is embedded in one of the modules and you will also have access to many other teaching and coaching awards.

University taught days will take place at our Canterbury Campus.

You will be required to complete two assessment tasks for each 20 credit module which will be 4000 words in total.

The assessment for each module is in two parts.

  • Part 1: submission of the relevant module Work-based Research Tasks and an update of the Work Based Element
  • Part 2: a piece of written work

Part 1, the first assessment task will consist of Work-based Research Tasks and evidence for the Work Based Element (WBE). Engagement with academic study and the carrying out of tasks within the workplace will allow you to meet the assessment criteria. Examples of the use of work-based experiences for academic purposes may include focused observations of practical sessions, case studies, informal discussions with pupils, and reflective commentaries.

Part 2, the second assessment will be a coursework submission. For every module you will have a choice of two types of submissions eg: essay or risk assessment plan. This flexible and differentiated approach to assessment will enable you to complete the assigned task according to your interests, your learning style and the needs of your work place. Examples of assessments may include essays, case studies, literature review, annotated bibliography, problem based learning task, writing a report, completing a portfolio, completing a risk assessment, research project, short term plan, generation of lesson resources for teaching and coaching, and planning and evaluating an inclusive multi sports event. Your engagement with the assessment tasks will be supported with group and individual tutorials scheduled for each module.

If you wish to continue your studies, on successful completion of this Foundation Degree you can apply for the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Physical Activity; one year top up.

The reason for joining this course was that it suits me best with work, meaning I can work in the school and complete my degree as well. The massive benefit is cost. Also it gives me the option of gaining as much experience in a school during the week as I only have to be in Uni once a week! Moreover, my students are at an advantage as we can use some of the most recent methods or teaching, learning and assessments.

Mitch Chirnside
Fd PEPA student

The Fd in Physical Education and Physical Activity was the perfect course for me. It allows me to fit my studies around my young family and work commitments. The benefits of a Fd degree in relation to full time study are reduced cost which is definitely appealing. I am able to do this course in conjunction with my work placement. My learners are at an advantage as I am continuously developing my skills base with the latest knowledge, research and theories and able to put them into practice. The degree has already developed my confidence in the work place along with how to deal with young children to engage and educate them. The lectures are concise, detailed and relevant which directly tackle all of the current concerns surrounding the delivery of PE and how we can improve it. My employer is delighted that I have started the Fd degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity. It means that I am gaining invaluable skills from professionals who hold a wealth of knowledge.

Mature female studentFd PEPA

Applications for this course can be completed online .

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online .

The Programme Administrator: Clara Mooring:
T: 01227 782940 ext 1299 

The university will accept applications at any time of the year.

Please note

For the programme you are applying for, the University needs there to be a minimum of eighteen students to be able to run the cohort. If the University is unable to attract enough students then the cohort will not run. Where we are unable to run a cohort the University will contact those affected via the email address given on the application form, the University would also normally expect to offer those affected the opportunity to join the next cohort of the course they have applied for either at the original location that the programme was to run or at an alternative venue (once again subject to the minimum number of students being recruited).


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees  for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

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 on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • Not applicable


  • Two years, based on part-time attendance supported by Work Based Learning

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE grade C or CSE grade 1 (or equivalent), and a Level 3 qualification (eg A Level or BTEC, NVQ). An English equivalency test and University orientation course are available to those who do not have the relevant qualifications. You will also need to be working in a school, club or a similar setting for children and young people for a minimum of 10 hours per week and have the support of your head teacher or manager.




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