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BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education with Foundation Year

UCAS CODE: SPEF
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe / Uxbridge / Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

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Do you love sport? Do you dream of a career enhancing the lives of young people? If yes, this course could be the one for you.
Our BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education will set you up for a truly rewarding career working to promote the importance of and embed sport and wellbeing within our communities. Upon graduation you’ll have the CV, knowledge and experience required for a successful application into teacher training.
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Why study this subject?

Positive experiences at an early age help build the foundations for an active life. If children and young people have experiences that feel fun, positive and give them a sense of confidence, they’re more likely to want to be active in the future.

You could be a part of this in a career delivering sports education to children and young people, either as a PE teacher, sports coach or working in the community.

With the right teaching and hands on learning experiences, you could turn your passion for sport education into a rewarding and successful career.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

This course is aimed at providing exciting career opportunities for those wanting to become a PE teacher. It offers a route towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

You’ll develop knowledge of the fundamentals of physical education and youth sport, including applied coaching, child development, sports and education policy and practice, and sport science.

We’ll provide you with the knowledge and experience you’ll need to not only successfully apply for teacher training, but you’ll develop transferrable skills to work in the public, private or voluntary sectors.

If you’re interested in a career in physical education teaching or youth sport, this course will set you up perfectly to fulfil your dream of creating high quality sport and physical education experiences for children and young people.

By studying this course at BNU, you’ll be given the opportunity to gain National Governing Body qualifications in a variety of sports as well as apply for work experience within local schools, colleges, sports clubs and societies.

At BNU, you’ll also get access to:

  • an outstanding gym, sports hall and facilities to enhance your experience
  • a modern, well-resourced human performance lab
  • a development coaching curriculum, including industry recognised awards
  • an extensive student support system to strengthen your learning
  • strong links with an outstanding network of schools and colleges.

What facilities can I use?

Our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre includes an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation.

The Human Performance laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.

What will I study?

In this course, you’ll explore the national curriculum at primary and secondary school level, including major games, dance, outdoor and adventure activities.

You’ll learn how to be a community sports coach, thinking about key youth sports issues like sustaining sports participation into adulthood, the obesity crisis and the need to promote physically active lifestyles.

Across your three years here, you’ll study areas like sports coaching, games in sport and education, sports and society, diversity and wellbeing, biomechanics, child development, energy and nutrition, strategies in youth sports and outdoor education.

In your final year, you’ll also work with a personal tutor to produce your final dissertation project which will reflect an area within sport and physical education that you’re particularly passionate about.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

The BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education course is practice-based and you’ll be taught through a combination of practical classes, workshops, lectures and seminars with a contemporary focus on coaching and physical education.

Assessment is 100% coursework based and will include essays, reports, case study analysis, presentations, portfolios and reflective writing.

There will also be an ongoing assessment of transferrable skills such as session planning, delivery and adaptation.

Collaborative working is incorporated too to help you engage in more complex projects, getting you familiar with how you’ll work with teammates and colleagues in your future career.

Placements Plus

BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Useful Information

BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Preparing for Success, Knowledge and Creativity

Preparing for Success. Self-development and Responsibility

Inquiry Based Learning

Introduction to Sport Development and Performance

Year 2 Modules

Applied Sport Field Study

Introduction to Sports Coaching

Human Anatomy

Introduction to Physical Education

Games in Sport and Education

Human Sciences for Physical Education

Sport and Society

Foundations of Sports and Exercise Psychology

Year 3 Modules

Sport Diversity and Wellbeing

Applied Physical Education

Foundations of Biomechanics

Coaching and Athlete Development

Child Development and Learning

Research in Sport and Exercise

Sport Nutrition

Outdoor Education

Year 4 Modules

Dissertation

Contemporary Coaching Issues

Psychology of Physical Education and Youth Sport

Professional Development and Employability

Contemporary Issues in Physical Education

Skills Acquisition and Learning

Strategies in Youth Sport

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year

International

International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

What are my career prospects?

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BA (Hons) Sport and Physical Education course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:

  • Sports Coach
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Sports teacher.

Graduates can also choose to study for a postgraduate course such as MSc Sports Performance or MSci Sport and Exercise Science.

Course leader

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Dr Fiona McCormack
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Jade Hewitt
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