Foundation degree Physical Education and Physical Activity 2019/20

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The Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity is your opportunity to begin a successful career in physical education.

You’ll benefit from a course that is hands-on and strongly employment focused, enabling you to ‘earn and learn’. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and understanding you need to enhance your practice while you work.

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

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

You will explore areas including:

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

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 earn whilst you learn.

The Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity qualification is designed for people who are, or would like to contribute to physical education, physical activities and coaching in mainstream and special schools, after school clubs, holiday schemes and clubs for children and young persons. It is an employment based programme which enables people to ‘earn and learn’.

There are now a wide range of adults supporting the delivery of physical education and physical activity. Therefore, this programme is designed to provide you with the additional knowledge, skills and understanding to enhance your practice whilst working.

The Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity (PEPA) is relevant for those contributing to physical education and physical development in early years settings, physical education in primary, secondary and special schools.  For example, you may already be employed as a sports coach or a teaching assistant.

The Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity will provide you with an excellent opportunity for a work­based higher education qualification. On successful completion of the course you will also be eligible to go on to gain a BA (Hons) Physical Education & Physical Activity degree (validated at CCCU). After that, there are additional pathways you can apply to at CCCU to train as a qualified teacher or undertake Master’s level study.

“I now own a company that runs fitness sessions in secondary schools (all thanks to this foundation degree).”

This Foundation Degree is a two year, full-­time (one day a week), work-­based course which enables you to gain a qualification whilst continuing to work. The course develops a sound knowledge and understanding base, communication skills, competencies and skill for teachers, coaches and physical activity professionals working with children and young persons. You will study twelve modules (six each year). Learning takes place in the workplace (10 hours a week) and at university 36 days per academic year, one day per week in line with school term dates.

In the first year of the Foundation Degree course you will study six modules that provide the foundations to understanding the principles, concepts and practices of Physical Education and Physical Activity. During the contact sessions of each module there will be discussions of the theoretical frameworks supporting work in different physical activities and learning environments. The time allocated to independent study will allow for further reading and planning onhow to apply the frameworks you have studied. Meanwhile, the work based tasks will engage you in reflecting upon how principles and concepts (e.g. fitness, differentiation, competition and motivation) can be applied across different physical activities according to the needs of the learners.

In the second year of the Foundation Degree course you will study another six modules that provide in depth knowledge, understanding and application of the principles, concepts and practices of Physical Education and Physical Activity. All modules will provide an academically rigorous learning experience related to the practical setting, with opportunities for the synthesis of theory and practice. Each module is rated 20 credits.

The structure of the course achieves a balance between work based learning and academic university based learning.  It is designed to place significant value on the accreditation of your experience in the workplace, supported by part time attendance at taught modules. The integrated nature of this makes it possible for your work to be counted as part of your higher education course.

Work experience

This course is employment based. Applicants have to be working (paid or voluntarily) to apply.

One of our staff has worked with Premier League football and rugby stars and another has successfully competed at international level in paracycling.

Year 1- Level 4 (120 Credits)

Physical Education and Physical Activities

This module provides a practical and theoretical background to the field of study, affording you the opportunity to engage with curriculum, policy based issues and risk assessments in Physical Education and physical activity.

Teaching and Coaching across the Curriculum

This module looks at the similarities and differences between teaching and coaching in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sports. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the role of the teacher and the coach in the physical environment.

Fundamental Movement and Activity for Physical Development

This module introduces you to concepts of motor and physical development; and physical literacy with particular reference to the growing child and how development influences their physical education, sports in the curricular and extracurricular setting.

Learning in Physical Education and School Sport

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop their knowledge and understanding of the learner in a physical education environment. You will consider relevant theories of learning and development and relate them to learning in physical education.

Foundations of Sports and Physical Activity for Health

This module will engage you with the theoretical and practical foundations of Sports, Physical Activity and Health-Related-Exercise at curricular and extracurricular levels. You will explore the value, benefits and content of Play, Leisure, Physical Education, Sports, Physical Activity and Health-Related-Exercise.

Leading and Managing Physical Education and School Sport

This module will enable you to reflect on your work place and to generate ideas to include all learners in physical activities. You will engage with theoretical frameworks and the planning, delivery and evaluation of an inclusive sports event in a primary school.

Year 2- Level 5 (120 Credits)

Pedagogical Models for Games

This module offers you the opportunity to engage with a range of pedagogical approaches. It will include knowledge and application of skills, techniques and tactics and experience of officiating “game” type physical activities.

Pedagogical Models for Physical Activity and Health

This module aims to enable you to develop a critical understanding of teaching and learning in Athletic, Outdoor & Adventurous, Swimming and Exercising Activities in the physical education curriculum.

Assessment in Physical Education and School Sport

This module will enable you to develop your understanding of the principles, modes and policies of assessment; and to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which assessment and evaluation practices affect learning in physical education, sport and exercise.

Inclusion and Adapted Physical Activities

This module aims to introduce you to the policies of inclusion in education and the concept of adapted physical activity, and how these can be applied in physical education and physical activities.

Coaching in School and the Community

The module will take a holistic view of coaching which extends beyond improving the physical, technical and tactical skills of children. The nature and purpose of physical education and physical activities will be explored along with the role of the coach in the school context.

Physical Education and School Sport Project

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to follow a sustained line of enquiry (guided by the module tutor) and produce a clear, structured and relevant academic report that relates theory to practice. The module aims to introduce you to literature reviews, different methods of data collection and data analysis which will support you in developing criticality in a chosen area of study.

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 current courses 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. From there they may apply to become qualified teachers or continue their study at Masters level.


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

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £6,575 N/A

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

Sports 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. The cost will vary 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 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 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 all qualified teachers with physical education specialisms and coaching qualifications. Staff are also research active and have published nationally and internationally. 

Surprising terms

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

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 and evaluating an inclusive multi sports event.

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

You should have undertaken a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) through your educational setting or employer. This should take place via a relevant checking body or bodies. Employers will be asked to confirm this has taken place. 

Applicants wishing to study on the programme who do not meet the entry requirements, but have the appropriate work experience, may be offered an opportunity to join the programme. In this case you will be required to take and pass the Orientation module.

If applicants have less than 6 months (or equivalent experience) of working with children or young people, an interview may be offered where the following will be assessed:

  • a formal and informal learning history to determine previous experience and suitability for the programme;
  • a motivation to succeed;
  • a realistic expectation and understanding of the work involved in undertaking the programme in terms of time and study.
Canterbury Christ Church has fantastic facilities for sport including two state-of-the-art Sports Centres and also utilises a number of external facilities across Kent.

All provide opportunities to gain experience in supporting delivery of events and competitions.


Full-time study

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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

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • XC63 Physical Education and Physical Activity

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2 Years – Full-time (One day per week)


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Applicants to the Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Physical Activity must normally have:

    a GCSE at grade C (or equivalent) in English Language;

    an 'A' Level or equivalent qualification in the specialist pathway

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

    must 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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