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You’ll be introduced to the national curriculum of primary and secondary physical education with an emphasis on child development, diversity and inclusivity. Sports coaching benchmark statements are embedded in the coaching element of the course which, combined with the physical education component, gives this course an emphasis on practical delivery.
As part of the course, you’ll undertake a minimum of 276 hours in compulsory placement, gaining experience working with 4-11 year-old children and 11-16 year-olds as the course progresses. These practice elements take place throughout the three years of the course culminating in the final stage placement module (Professional Practice in Physical Education and Youth Sport 3).
This year we have moved to a hybrid model of learning, where many of your class materials will be online but will be enhanced with on-campus sessions; meeting you in person is important to us and enables tutors to work more closely with you to aid understanding of your subject.
You are going to be taught some really interesting topics this year, including mental health, stress, eyewitness testimony, motivation, how the brain works and much more. There will be a mix of materials online, including some lectures and directed exercises, with a series of tasks to do each week. Because all the materials will be provided online, you will have even more topic elements and information connected to your chosen course than ever before. The class sessions will be where we bring together all the things you’ve learned online, with some extra materials and exercises, helping you put things together for your assignments.
There will be lots of opportunities for both face-to-face and online contact, and you will be assigned a personal tutor, as well as having your pathway leader and module leaders for support and guidance. Regular contact between tutors and students will be encouraged via the use of technologies including Canvas, email, Skype and Microsoft Teams.
Our teaching methods are designed to develop both your knowledge and also skills that enhance employability. Methods include small group work, practical activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based learning, presentations and independent learning.
There are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include essays, reports, practical work and presentations.
The Health Sciences and Wellbeing Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Develop key study and employability skills essential for academic and professional success. Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development.
Identify contemporary issues in sport and physical activity. Explore how political, economic, social and cultural factors shape practices, values and ideals in sport and physical activity.
Study key concepts from theories and models and their application to health-related physical activity, exercise and sport performance. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories, models and assessments and explain their relevance.
Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on teaching and coaching sessions suitable for children aged between 4-11 years. Take an introductory look at approaches to teaching and learning and the underpinning theory that supports delivery in a practical setting.
Focus on issues that impact upon leading, coaching, instructing and exercise related sessions. Investigate the roles of the coach and instructor, qualities and requirements of the effective coach and instructor and the psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence them.
Support and deliver physical education and sports coaching sessions. Reflect on the range of activities undertaken in a professional placement environment.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea, to the point of completing and presenting the study. Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research.
Gain an understanding of the coaching process by investigating the roles of the coach and the components of effective coaching. Address the differences in practice and closely examine participation and performance coaching.
Undertake practical coaching activities in a placement setting. Design, deliver and reflect on a series of practical sessions. Link theory to practical coaching activities, with a focus on the planning and undertaking of effective sports coaching sessions.
Analyse challenging issues in present-day physical education and school sport including challenging obesity, inclusivity, anti-discrimination and anti-social behaviour. Consider the futures of physical education and school sport.
Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on teaching and coaching sessions suitable for children aged between 11-16 years. Study contemporary approaches to teaching and learning with a specific focus on games-based delivery.
Undertake a placement in a secondary school setting. Design and deliver a participant-centered project to meet the needs of a group of children aged between 11-16 years. Deliver an oral presentation reflecting on the project using evidence gathered during the placement.
Complete an applied research project that addresses an issue of policy or practice central to the field of teaching or coaching that is linked to your professional practice.
Explore the differences and similarities in knowledge, skills, and vocational opportunities that underpin the professional development of coaches. Gain knowledge of the specific training requirements of individual and team sports and how to apply this to modern training methods.
Develop your theoretical knowledge into vocational practice. Critically evaluate your professional skills in a coaching setting and reflect on professional practice.
Learn to apply management theories, concepts and practices to the process of managing sporting organisations, businesses, facilities and events. Design and produce a business plan for a sporting event or facility.
Learn how to make informed judgments on the performance of participants – with specific focus on 14-18 year olds – to offer suggestions for improving their learning experience.
Undertake a placement in a school or sports club of your choice, working with either primary school or secondary school pupils. Learn how to design, deliver and reflect on the sessions you will be expected to deliver while under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.
Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
For more information about our Integrated Foundation Year courses please see our Help and Advice articles.
The annual fee for this course is £9,250 but you will receive £3,000 cashback in Year 1 of the full undergraduate course.
In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.
If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This course responds to the drive for primary physical education specialists and offers preparation for secondary PE teaching to those who wish to undertake a postgraduate teacher training route after graduation. The course also embraces areas of sports coaching providing you with the opportunity to work in your chosen area.
Potential employers for graduates of this course include sports clubs, schools and colleges, national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services and local authorities.
During the course you'll be encouraged and supported to obtain National Governing Body Coaching Awards to support future development. This will allow you to develop the skills required to become an effective coach across a range of activities. Currently, the course has strong links with the Football Association and the English Cricket Board, as well as links to dance education and outdoor adventure activity specialists. These links, wherever possible, offer experiential learning in addition to certificated courses.
Job roles include PE teacher (primary and secondary), sports coach/instructor. Some roles may require further training.
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