Various themes run through the course of your degree. These include Psychology, Sociology, Sport Science, Pedagogy, Philosophy and Personal and Professional Development for Employability.
You will gain a good foundation of knowledge to help you with your transition to university. This will include help with your academic skills in order to be successful in your studies and you will be introduced to the academic disciplines relating to physical education. A combination of practical and theoretical modules ensures you learn in an applied setting. This means that the theory you learn is aligned to practice, thereby introducing from the onset the vocational nature of the programme.of physical education. The types of modules you will cover are: pedagogy, sociology of sport, sports science, research methods, sports policy and philosophy and will be applied in games, athletics, OAA, gymnastics and dance activities.
You will build upon your first year by being able to apply the knowledge gained in a more applied setting. You will begin to draw together the key themes and understand how they all relate to physical education in an interdisciplinary way. Modules such as Physical Activity and Health or the option module of Event Management enable this type of approach to be applied. You will continue to explore in greater depth the areas of pedagogy, sociology, sports science, research methods and philosophy and these will again be applied to games, athletics, OAA, gymnastics and dance activities. The range of options in your second year allow you to develop further expertise in particular areas of interest, building your own programme of study relating to your future career aspirations.
In your third year, you will become a more independent, critical and analytical student and is the final step in the graduate journey. You will continue to draw on the key themes running through your degree programme in an advanced manner. You will be assessed in practical and applied settings where you can showcase your level of development and preparation for the graduate workplace. The dissertation module is accompanied by two options from contrasting areas of physical education. In addition, the module 'Inclusive Physical Education' includes a negotiated assessment, whilst the module 'Contemporary Debates in PE' is assessed by a classroom based workshop led by the students. The ability to personalise the degree is further enhanced with options to study entrepreneurship and creativity, community sport development, strength and conditioning and professional learning through work modules.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: