BA single honours (Top up) Physical Education and Physical Activity 2019/20

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This course is designed for those with a relevant foundation degree and will give you the opportunity to gain further knowledge, skills and understanding to help you enhance your career in physical education while you work, enabling you to ‘earn and learn’.

Our links with external organisations including Kent Sport, the Kent School Games and various coaching companies, provide you with opportunities to gain practical experience in the delivery of events and competitions.

You’ll have access to an indoor sports hall with three multi-use rooms, a fitness suite with a comprehensive range of cardio-vascular and resistance equipment, a free-weights area, and a performance analysis room.

You will explore areas including:

  • physical education
  • physical activity
  • contemporary issues
  • health education.

The BA (Hons) Physical Education and Physical Activity qualification is designed for you if you have completed a relevant foundation degree and wish to continue with your studies and complete a BA degree. You will more than likely be involved with physical education, physical activities and coaching in mainstream and special schools, afterschool clubs, holiday schemes and clubs for children and young persons.There are now a wide range of adults supporting the delivery of physical education and physical activity. Therefore, this course is designed to provide you with the additional knowledge, skills and understanding to enhance and extend your practice.The degree would provide you with an excellent opportunity to complete a work­based higher education qualification. On successful completion of the course there are additional pathways available at Canterbury Christ Church University to train as a qualified teacher, primary, secondary, or to undertake Masters qualifications.

This course provides a blended learning experience of academic and work-related activities which allow you to consider real time situations and improve your practice accordingly. What better way to study and learn at the same time.

This course is suitable for you if you are contributing to physical education, physical activity and physical development within an early years settings, or physical education and physical activity in primary, secondary and special schools. You may also be a sports coach delivering PE and sport in schools and other educational or youth settings.

This is a one year, part-­time, work-­based course which enables you to gain a qualification whilst continuing to work. The course develops a critical and analytical knowledge and understanding of physical education and physical activity. It will also enhance and extend communication skills, competencies and skill for teachers, coaches and physical activity professionals involved with children and young persons. You will study six modules. Learning takes place in the workplace (10 hours a week) and at University 30 days per academic year, one day per week in line with school term dates.

During the contact sessions of each module there will be discussions of theoretical frameworks supporting content and application of these frameworks to different physical activities and learning environments. The time allocated to independent study will allow for further reading and planning how frameworks apply in the workplace. Meanwhile, the assigned work­based tasks will engage you in learning how principles and concepts operating across different physical activities and physical education settings are applied according to the needs of the learners.

The outline structure of the course achieves a balance between work­based learning and academic University­ based learning. It is designed to place significant value on students’ experience in the workplace, supported by part­time attendance at taught modules. The integrated nature of this makes it possible for the process to be seen as a higher education activity in its totality.

There is also the exciting opportunity to research your own topic area of interest within the Independent Study module. You will be supported within this research by a tutor from the team.

On this year long course, you will study the following modules:

Research Methods in Physical Education and Physical Activity (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce you to the epistemological underpinnings to qualitative and quantitative methods in the context of physical education and physical activity. It introduces you to key research concepts (qualitative, quantitative, triangulation) and provides a foundational knowledge base for the research methods process.

Contemporary Issues, Values and Perspectives in Physical Education and Physical Activity (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce you to a range of contemporary issues that apply to physical education and physical activity settings. It aims to engage you in reflection on the contributions of physical education and physical activity to wider society through a range of cultural, political, professional and personal lenses.

Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport (20 credits)

The module aims to enable you to develop and apply advanced subject knowledge, skills, application and understanding in the range of practical activities in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the National Curriculum for Physical Education. You will develop a conceptual understanding across a range of physical activities and sports.

Physical Activity, Health Enhancing Physical Education (20 credits)

The module aims to enable you to consolidate your understanding of the contested nature of the aims of physical education and the rationale for health­enhancing physical activity (HEPA). This will be achieved through an in depth analysis of factors that underpin learning in physical education and HEPA, supported by studying contemporary research on policies.

Independent Inquiry (20 credits)

The module aims to develop and undertake a detailed small scale study of a particular aspect or issue related to physical education and physical activity. The individual study will also provide you with the opportunity to further develop your understanding and critical appreciation of research strategies, methods and academic writing.

Global Perspectives and Critical Cultural Pedagogies of Physical Education and Physical Activity (20 credits)

This module examines global perspectives of physical education and physical activity from the vantage of a critical cultural approach to pedagogy. The module reflects on the cultural norms that underpin global forms of physical education and physical activity, and examines how these norms shape our own cultural understandings and experiences within these practices.

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. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Participants on the current courses are employed in schools or coaching environments while they study.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £6,575 £11,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Clothing / Kit You will have the opportunity to purchase sports kit relevant to your course when it starts. This is optional. Sports kit is provided via a third party company and there are a range of prices available depending upon the amount of kit you wish to purchase.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You will study six modules. For each module there will be a number of work­related tasks, additional readings and or online resources i.e. film clips and an assignment. Learning taking place in the workplace will be 10 hours a week. Learning at university will be spread over 30 days per academic year. This equates to one day per week.

Academic input

The staff who teach on the course are highly qualified and are either lecturers or senior lecturers. Currently, all staff are qualified PE teachers and/or have a range of coaching qualifications. All have significant experience in the delivery of physical education and physical activity. Delivery of the course is supplemented by guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds to provide additional input.

Surprising terms

The Work-Based Element (WBE) will be reviewed at the end of each module on a pass/fail basis.

Please note that this course has special regulations .

Each module is assessed in two ways. The first is related to the work based tasks completed in your setting. The second varies in nature across the modules, and 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 delivering and  evaluating a sport event.

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

Canterbury Christ Church University has two well-equipped Sports Centres (at Polo Farm and Spring Lane) and we also utilise a number of external facilities across Kent.

Take a look at our Sport Facilities.

We maintain links with a number of external organisations including Kent Sport, the Kent School Games and various coaching companies which provide our students with opportunities to gain experience in supporting delivery of events and competitions.

“Before starting this degree I never thought I would be where I am now. This course has challenged me and enabled me to develop my knowledge and understanding which has helped me to benefit the students I currently work alongside. The lectures, constantly provide support, reassurance and understanding along the way.”

Brooke Linstrem, Physical Education & Physical Activity, BA (Top up)


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Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 0P1P Physical Education and Physical Activity Top Up

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time (one day per week)


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Applicants to the BA single honours (Top up) in Physical Education and Physical Activity must normally have a foundation degree or equivalent:

    120 Credits at Levels 4 and 120 Credits at Level 5 in any or a combination of the following subject areas;

    Physical Education, Sport, Physical Activity, Coaching and related domains, such as health and fitness promotion, normally within 5 years of their application

    Ideally a minimum of 6 months experience (or equivalent) of teaching or supporting learners in an educational setting within the specialist pathway;

    be employed, or working voluntarily, for 10 hours / week in a relevant setting.

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.



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