Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills and theoretical knowledge to advance teaching pedagogy and enhance your coaching practice. Investigating the scientific and social aspects of sport will allow for the creation of your own teaching and coaching philosophy underpinned by research and theoretical principles.
A wide range of digital and online technologies will be utilised throughout modules to enhance your learning experience and allow you to truly immerse yourself within the course.
The first year of the course will allow you to focus on your personal areas of interests from within the national curriculum, including a range of individual and team sports. Dance, gymnastics and outdoor adventure activities provide an excellent opportunity to refine skills in more diverse areas of the curriculum.
The second year of your studies will focus on underpinning practical skill and knowledge with theoretical understanding. Research will be examined to decipher the current physical education landscape and the role teachers and coaches play in both primary and secondary schools.
One specific module has a placement opportunity to gain experience within a work place (typically school-based environments). This is an ideal opportunity to gain experience towards applying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or to help assess what area of the curriculum you may want to teach or coach in, moving forward. All students will be provided with the opportunity to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check; this is compulsory for all work experience opportunities.
Your final year will provide you with the opportunity to develop your own research project in your area of interest, to take part in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and to investigate innovative and emerging teaching practices.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Our modules are 20 or 40 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.