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BA single honours (Top up) Physical Education and Physical Activity 2020/21

Year of entry

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 and physical activity
  • school and youth sport
  • research methods
  • cultural and contemporary issues
  • health education

Attendance is one day per week (usually a Tuesday).

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Physical Education and Physical Activity (PEPA) is designed to offer you an exciting opportunity to engage with theoretical and practical aspects of learning, teaching and coaching whilst working in the sector. The programme will offer you a vocational higher education experience, whereby you can work in a related setting such as a school or other physical activity and sports environment alongside while completing academic study.

This integrated approach will offer a very real synthesis of theory and practice and will enable you to benefit from continued opportunity to put your learning into practice in the workplace. Those who successfully complete a BA (Hons) PEPA may then wish to apply for PGCE or School Direct (or other routes into teaching) programmes to become qualified teachers.

Another option is further study at a higher level such as the Masters by Research within the Faculty of Education that can have a physical education or physical activity focus. Others will gain employment in a school setting; join a company/provider or develop entrepreneurship set up your own company to provide physical education and/or extra-curricular physical activities or develop a career in sports development or health promotion.    

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, full-­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 (a minimum of 10 hours a week) and at University 36 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.

All modules relate to a theme in which knowledge, understanding and skills are developed through a process of academic study in groups and individual Work Based Research Tasks.  Both academic study and Work Based Research Tasks will be reflected upon in seminar discussion, assessed assignments, which include the Work Based Element (WBE).

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 (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 (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 (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.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £7,050 N/A

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 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

CategoryDescription
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

CategoryDescription
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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

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 36 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. 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.

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 and charities 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)

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Location Length Start  
BA (Hons) Physical Education and Physical Activity Top Up apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Physical Education and Physical Activity (PEPA) is designed to offer you an exciting opportunity to engage with theoretical and practical aspects of learning, teaching and coaching whilst working in the sector. The programme will offer you a vocational higher education experience, whereby you can work in a related setting such as a school or other physical activity and sports environment alongside while completing academic study. 

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • 0P1P Physical Education and Physical Activity Top Up

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

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

Starts

  • September 2020

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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