Physical Education and Physical Activity

We are proud of our opportunities for students to study complementary disciplines of physical education and physical activity as well as physical education and sport and exercise sciences.

Physical Education at Canterbury Christ Church University offers a suite of opportunities for all members of the community to participate in a wide range of Physical Education courses, as single foundation and undergraduate degree programmes, as subject knowledge enhancement within undergraduate and postgraduate Primary Education degrees. Also as Secondary Education degree programmes.

Our courses will appeal to anyone interested in following careers in teaching, coaching, sport, fitness, health and leisure industries.


A partnership with National College of Learning and Teaching aims to strengthen subject knowledge of students and alumni graduating in 2014 – 2015, led by Kristy Howells.

A partnership with Kent Sport aims to strengthen and develop safeguarding, led by Matt Light.

A partnership with University in Palestine, aims to strengthen subject knowledge of students and lecturers, led by Matt Light.

Projects have been completed by Gemma Van Vuuren-Cassar focusing on: Physical Education and Higher Education: Curricular innovation, entrepreneurship and employment (2013); Research on Entrepreneurial Learning (2012); Employability in physical education, sport, exercise and coaching: The role of Higher Education institutions (2011) and Kent 20in12 Research project: Learning Programme: Using the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Inspire Study Support and Extended Schools Activity (2010).

A Partnership with SPEAR (Sport, Physical Education Activity Research Centre) aims to strengthen research in our locality.

Colleagues have written for Primary Education books on Physical Education and for journals.

  • Howells K. (2016) Chapter 10 Supporting physical development, health and well-being through the use of outdoor environments.  In Ritchie, C. (ed) Exploring Learning for children aged 3 - 11.
  • Howells K. and Gregory P. (2016) Chapter 7 Data Analysis. In Austin R. (ed) Researching Primary Education. Routledge, London.
  • Howells K (2015) Physical Education Planning in Sewell K. (2015) (ed) Planning the Primary National Curriculum: A complete guide for trainees and teachers. Sage: London (p.262 - 276).
  • Howells K (2015) Chapter 7 – An Introduction to Physical Education. In Driscoll P., Lambirth A., Roden J. (eds) 2nd edition.  The Primary Curriculum: A Creative Approach.  Sage: London (p.137 - 155).
  • Howells K. (2015) Chapter 12 - Can breaktimes help children’s physical activity?  In Sangster M. (ed) Challenging Perceptions in Primary Education: Exploring Issues in Practice. Bloomsbury Academic: London.

There is ongoing work developing new opportunities coming soon to include masters programmes by research in Physical Education and Physical Activity.  Contact to be kept up to date for start dates.

Canterbury Christ Church University is a key partner on the EU funded project: Sport Physical Education And Coaching in Health (SPEACH). This project will develop Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) related educational modules, which will be included into existing education structures in the areas of sport coaching and physical education. The project is strongly supported by the European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment (ENSSEE) and runs from 2015-2017.  Gemma van Vuuren-Cassar is representing CCCU and leading on the PE HEPA modules.

In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please get in touch.


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