September 2021

Physical Education and Sport Top-Up Degree BA (Hons)

Top-up Degree, Undergraduate, September 2021

Key Details

  • C63T Course Code
  • 1 Years
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Overview

Why study this course?

  • This course provides you with exposure to and experience of working with young people in educational settings, and opportunities to develop skills in effective teaching and learning which are built upon throughout the course.
  • Learning opportunities prepare you for careers in educational settings, especially postgraduate routes into teaching (physical education), with the learning experiences provided being informed by relevant professional bodies (e.g., Association of Physical Education [AfPE]) and government departments (e.g. Department for Education), to help prepare you for the requirements and standards expected of teachers.
  • You are provided with the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a negotiated Work-Based Research Project.

The course is taught in dedicated facilities on one campus. The Human performance lab, indoor sports hall, strength & conditioning suite, aerobic conditioning suite, group exercise studio, full size outdoor 3G pitch, dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices can be found within a 100 yard radius of each other. A video tour of our facilities is available to view online. 

What does the course cover?

You will develop in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the role of physical education in both promoting health and participation in sport. You will explore physical activity as a health-related behaviour across the lifespan, starting with children, and how young people can be developed in and through sport and physical education. The degree also provides the opportunity to plan an event which responds to sporting context and policy. Furthermore, you will have the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a negotiated Work-Based Research Project. This opportunity for choice will further prepare you for your chosen destination routes following graduation.

How will I be assessed?

We pride ourselves on giving good academic and individual support to each of our students. Teaching is varied and you will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions, all supported through our virtual learning environment, ‘Moodle’. Assessment methods vary from ‘traditional’ methods such as exams and essays, to applied tasks such as reports, poster presentations, group and individual presentations, to innovative methods such as eportfolios, online assessment and problem based learning tasks, including those comprising teaching resources and planning.  These methods are used to enable you to develop skills in different approaches and so that the full range of skills are assessed.

What careers can I consider?

With the skills and knowledge that this course will provide, a wide range of opportunities will be open to you as a graduate of Physical Education and Sport.  The degree specifically aims to prepare you for careers in educational settings, and especially for postgraduate professional training (e.g., PGCE or School Direct) for qualified teacher status (QTS) in primary and secondary education.  Alternative career destinations include community sport educator, physical education learning support assistant or school based physical activity coach/educator.  You will also be able to apply for graduate schemes with a number of UK employers, or to study for a Master’s degree.

CIMSPA

Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry. We are currently working towards full accreditation of course, thus eventually our courses will be recognised by CIMSPA as equipping students with the skills that employers are looking for.

Hear Stefan Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health, talk in more detail about Newman University’s partnership with CIMSPA.

Studying and living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).

Entertainment

Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!

Location

Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND. To progress directly onto level 6 (third year of the degree) applicants should normally achieve an overall merit or distinction. Applicants not achieving this can enter at level 5 (second year of the degree programme).

All applicants intending to progress directly onto level 6 are required to attend and pass a bridging module prior to enrolment. This module focuses on research methods and academic writing. Applicants not achieving pass this module will enter the programme at level 5  (second year of the degree programme).

Applicants should also hold GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent awards). If your application meets our entry requirements, you may be invited to attend an interview.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Total Course Fee for Top-Up Degree

UK students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Modules

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project.  The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles.  The research focus must be specific to their chosen degree.
  2. This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.
  3. This module takes a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to understanding how young people and athletes can be developed in and through sport and Physical Education. Incorporating concepts from sport pedagogy, psychology and talent development literatures, students will be encouraged to understand youth and athletic development from holistic point of view, and across the participation-performance spectrum.
  4. This module will require students – as a group - to conceive, plan, implement and evaluate a sports event. Responding to the needs of the sports, charity and/ or community sector, students will oversee all aspects of the sport event management process, allowing them to develop the practical, work-based competencies required for graduate level positions in the sports industry. The structure, function and operation of sports events in the United Kingdom will be critically analysed, enabling students to respond to the current UK sport development and policy context in innovative and enterprising ways. The module will include students being guided through the completion of relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols for their events.
  5. This module will encourage students’ to deepen their understanding of social and cultural theory through a critical engagement with a variety of contemporary social phenomena and their relationship to sport at a local, national and/ or international level. The module will also encourage students to consider how their own academic and/ or vocational interests (e.g. social justice, environmental concerns, internationalisation etc.) might be enhanced by the application of a sociological lens.
  6. This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop a critical and evidence based approach in the selection of specific strategies for individuals and groups. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.
  7. This module explores physical activity as a health-related behaviour across the lifespan, starting with children.  It considers classic studies and recent research evidence to critically investigate the associations between physical (in)activity, other health-related behaviours, and fitness and health.  The module will look at physical activity behaviour from a range of perspectives, including the social and built environment and public health perspectives.  The module will specifically consider health-related concerns such as the global rise in obesity and non-communicable diseases (including Type II Diabetes Mellitus).  The module also aims to further develop understanding and competencies in the measurement of physical activity and body composition. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.

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