The Physical and Sport Education degree at St Mary’s provides you with a critical understanding of the physical, social, pedagogical and educational aspects of Physical Education and Sport. This will take place through a theoretical and applied approach that requires students to engage as active learners in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts.
Why study Physical and Sport Education?
Physical and Sport Education ensures that students are equipped for many different roles within the sports industry. This is done by undertaking work-based opportunities and additional sporting qualifications that will further enable them to stand out in the job market.
The degree explores the practical application of physical education and sports coaching as well as wider contemporary considerations associated with the industry such as philosophy, sociology, performance analysis and sports development. It also focuses on providing students with a critical understanding of the physical, social, pedagogical and educational aspects of Physical Education and Sport.
St Mary's aims for students to gain both knowledge and an understanding of applying innovative ideas to their coaching and teaching practice.
Why St Mary's?
St Mary’s University has an incredibly strong reputation for Physical Education teaching and sports performance. Our programme offers students the opportunity to work towards a career in teaching PE in both the primary, secondary and special needs settings, youth coaching in both able bodied and adapted sports, sports development and the leisure industry.
The campus itself is greenly-rural, yet London-urban, located amongst many partnership organisations for students to access for their own work based development.
The uniqueness of the course is displayed in the variety of sports industry modules options on offer, enabling students to choose several career pathways. The course highly regards innovative use of technology to enhance the student experience, particularly in relation to supporting development of students’ teaching and coaching practice.
St Mary's has established strong links with over 200 schools that form our teaching partnerships and provide a diverse range of teaching settings for our students to gain work placement experience. We also have strong links with a Premier League football club, where there are invaluable qualification and work-based learning opportunities.
The course is further supported by a team of lecturers who have a wide range of expertise in academic and industry fields, national and Olympic/Paralympic sport arenas and professional expertise and experience in PE and sport, who make every effort to know their students by name, not by number.
Teaching approaches reflect the educational nature of the degree and embrace a range of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, study groups, workshops, practical tutor-led sessions, applied (student-led) practical and theoretical sessions. School based observation and applied activity sessions are mirrored by experiences in coach education and sport development contexts. Blended learning approaches include the use of studio code for observation and analysis.
Modules are assessed through a range of innovative methods including assessing practical skills - self and peer evaluations, examinations, essays, portfolios, case studies, seminar and ICT-based presentations, online assessments, video and oral presentations, directed studies and work based learning portfolio vivas, hosted learning conversations and a Major Independent Study.
Guidance and support are given in adopting an academic approach to your work. Tutorials are provided to give detailed feedback and target setting especially in the early years of study.
- 80% of Physical and Sport Education students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, DLHE 2015/16)
- Physical Education focuses on the physical, cognitive, emotional and psychological aspects of learning.
- Sport Education focuses on participation in the broadest sense and on students developing as sports people.
- Physical and Sport Education expresses our vision of a graduate who is both physically literate themselves and who is equipped and prepared to engage in the physical and sport education of others in a variety of community settings.
- Physical Literacy is the concept that underpins all aspects of the degree programme where physical literacy is: ‘the motivation, confidence, physical competence, understanding and knowledge to maintain physical activity at an individually appropriate level, throughout life’.
- The degree is offered as both Single or Joint Honours Programme.
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.