The course has taught me a range of skills, from developing my academic writing to practical skills for teaching, and I’ve been able to apply these skills in my workplace.


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With a range of sports facilities and locations at your disposal and tutors who live and breathe physical education and sports education, you can immerse yourself in this course.

The course is designed to run alongside your formal employment, which will be in an environment with links to sport, fitness, health or PE. You’ll not only be enhancing your subject knowledge through both taught theory and practical application, you will also be preparing yourself for the BA top-up course.

You don’t have to jump straight back into study, however; one of the beauties of this course is that once completed, you can return to complete a BA top-up and gain your full degree whenever you are ready.

Why Study a Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity?

During this course, you'll be able to develop new skills and knowledge in physical education theory and practice while studying at University and learning in the workplace.

Whether you want to develop your career in physical education, school sport or health promotion, this diverse course will stretch your body and mind, helping you reach your full potential.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have:

  • a GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) in English language;
  • an A level or equivalent qualification in the specialist pathway

You will be required to have a recent satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you don't already have this you can apply for one through your organisation.

*If you meet most of these requirements but not all, you may still be eligible to apply. Please see Further Entry Requirements section for more detail.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

All about the course

You'll study a total of twelve modules (six each year) and your learning will take place in the workplace (a minimum 10 hours a week paid or volunteering work) and at the University (36 days per academic year, one day per week in line with Kent school term dates).

In Year 1, you'll study modules that provide the foundations to understanding the principles, concepts and practices of physical education and physical activity.

During teaching time, you'll be involved in discussions about the theoretical frameworks supporting work in different physical activities and learning environments. You'll then carry out independent study to further your understanding and knowledge, and explore particular issues in depth.

Your work-based learning will involve reflecting on how principles and concepts (e.g. teaching styles, differentiation, competition and motivation) can be applied across different physical activities according to the needs of all learners, from young children through to adults. 

“The FD/BA PEPA is a part-time work based degree, which allows you to work in a practical environment. The skills and knowledge that I've developed within my foundation degree have given me much more confidence within my PE teaching work place. Our lecturers are very approachable, and always willing to help.”

Lucy Arman, Physical Education and Physical Activity Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) top up graduate

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will study twelve modules (six each year). For each module there will be a number of work related tasks, additional readings and/or online resources (e.g. film clips) and an assignment.

Learning which takes place in the workplace will be 10 hours a week. Learning at the University will be spread over 36 days per academic year. This equates to one day per week (usually a Tuesday).

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

The staff who teach on the course are highly qualified and all have significant experience in the delivery of physical education, physical activity and school sport. Staff are also research active and have published nationally and internationally. 

This course enables you to to share knowledge and experiences with other professionals, whilst being taught in specialist facilities by nationally-recognised academics.

Alison CarneyProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

Each module is assessed in two ways. The first is related to the work based tasks completed in your setting, this is worth 60% of the module mark (equivalent to 2,400 words). The second varies in nature across the modules, this is worth 40% of your module mark (equivalent to 1,600 words), and may include essays, case studies, literature review, problem based learning tasks, writing a report, completing a risk assessment, research project, generation of lesson resources for teaching and coaching, and planning and evaluating an inclusive multi sports event.

Both aspects are graded and contribute to your overall module mark.

60% Work-based tasks
40% Coursework and related tasks

Your future career

Current students are employed in schools or coaching environments while they study. Many foundation degree students will go on to complete the BA (Hons) Physical Education and Physical Activity before applying to become qualified teachers or continue their study at Masters level.


Tuition Fees for some 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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