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Single/Joint

Honours

CX6H

UCAS code

3 Years

Attendance

112-96

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Yes

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Andrew Stopher
Andrew Stopher

Programme Director - Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development

andrew.stopher@stmarys.ac.uk
020 8240 4296

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The Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development 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 you to engage as active learners in a variety of practical and theoretical contexts.  This programme is specifically suited to those students who wish to pursue a career in primary, secondary teaching, special educational needs and disability settings, youth coaching in able-bodied and adapted sports, sports development and the leisure industry.

Please note: this degree is the new title for the Physical and Sport Education BA (Hons) programme.

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Why study Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development?

Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development ensures that you 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 you with a critical understanding of the physical, social, pedagogical and educational aspects of Physical Education and Sport.

We aim for you to gain both knowledge and an understanding of applying innovative ideas to their coaching and teaching practice.

Why St Mary's?

We have an incredibly strong reputation for Physical Education teaching and sports performance at St Mary’s University. Our programme offers you 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 you 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 you to choose several career pathways. The course highly regards innovative use of technology to enhance your experience, particularly in relation to supporting development of your teaching and coaching practice.

We have established strong links with over 200 schools that form our teaching partnerships and provide a diverse range of teaching settings for you to gain work placement experience. We also have links with a range of National Governing Bodies in Elite and Disability Sport, as well as with a Premier League football club, who provide invaluable 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.

Key facts

  • Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development 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 Education, Sport and Youth Development is a course designed specifically for those students who wish to pursue careers in primary, secondary teaching, special educational needs and disability settings, youth coaching in able-bodied and adapted sports, sports development and the leisure industry.
  • This course provides students with the opportunity to develop and explore the practical application of physical education (PE) and sports coaching, as well as wider considerations, such as philosophy, sociology, performance analysis and sports development.
  • Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development also provides students with a critical understanding of the physical, social, pedagogical and educational aspects of physical education, sport and youth development, including the skills required for successful practice in these settings.
  • The degree is offered as either a Single or Joint Honours programme.
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus.

Joint honours combinations

Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content



Year one

  • Holistic Development of the Young Person 1 
  • Holistic Development of the Young Person 2 
  • Introduction to Equality and Diversity 
  • Introduction to Teaching and Coaching Games 
  • Introduction to Teaching and Coaching Individual Activities 
  • Learning in Context 

Year two

  • Adapted PE and Sport 1 
  • Contemporary Issues in PE and Sport 
  • Developing Creativity within Individual Activities 
  • Professional Practice 1 
  • Research Proposal 
  • Teaching and Coaching Games 

Year three

  • Adapted PE and Sport 2 
  • Advanced Contemporary Issues in PE and Sport 
  • Advanced Teaching and Coaching Pedagogy 
  • Coach Education, Development and Mentoring 
  • Professional Practice 2 
  • Research Project 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

Teaching and Learning careers

Located in the Faculty of Sport Health and Applied Science, Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development degree provides excellent preparation for students who wish to become teachers. This includes delivering the National Curriculum, understanding our teaching and learning and exploring how classroom and school are influenced by policy and philosophy.

Approximately 60% of graduates from this degree enter teaching related careers. Tutor expertise and an exceptionally strong schools partnership provide the foundation for the PE pathway that students can follow almost exclusively in preparing for a postgraduate route into teaching

The 2012 Olympic Games legacy will ensure that working in the sports pedagogy and development industry remains a strong service career option for many graduates.

Physical Activity, Health and Fitness

Focusing on physical literacy from cradle to grave, this degree supports the personal and academic development of graduates whose career and job interests lie within the health and fitness industries.

Academic study and research

This degree is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a postgraduate degree or research and has a specific link to the Master's degrees in Education, Pedagogy and Professional Practice in PE.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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 coaching and sport development contexts. Blended learning approaches include the use of technology and online teaching platforms to enhance the variety of skills, knowledge and understanding required to be successful in today’s modern job markets.

Assessment methods

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 Research Project/Dissertation.

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.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact andrew.stopher@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

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