BA Physical Education

About the Course

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has on the Carmarthen campus over a 160 years experience of offering physical education, sport and outdoor related courses. More recently, these have expanded to include degrees in health, exercise and nutrition, as well as sports thearpy.

Vocational relevance is a strong theme underpinning all degrees and students are strongly encouraged to gain additional experience and qualifications to support their career aspirations. Work placement begins in the very first term and is developed further in the second year.

This course is designed for those students who have identified Physical Education teaching (primary and secondary) or youth sport as a future career route. All of the practical areas of activity identified in the National Curriculum for Physical Education are included as core or optional modules.

The current health focus of physical education is strongly represented in the overall content of the degree. Throughout the course, students will develop a broad definition of Physical Education as a lifelong process and will be able to relate theory to practice in a practical setting. Work placement in a primary or secondary school is available in the second year, as is the opportunity for an exchange for a semester to a university in the USA.

Award
BA (Single Honours)

UCAS Code
CX69

Language Choice
English
Welsh

Course Length
3 years full-time; Part-time study available

Entry Requirements

See introduction

You will be invited to visit the University to discuss the course. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching - Primary or Secondary (subject to PGCE)
  • Sports Development and Youth Sport
  • Community Youth Service
  • Public Services and Forces
  • Higher degree and research

Department

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education

Campus

Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • PE, the Child and the Curriculum
  • Games in Education*
  • Teaching Swimming Fundamentals
  • Inclusion in PE and Youth Sport*
  • Physical Education and Health*
  • School Placement
  • Dance Forms
  • Research Methods
  • Athletic Activities
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Assessment in Physical Education
  • Perspectives on Sport, Health and PE
  • Education, Sport and PE*
  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Dissertation*

* opportunities to study through the medium of Welsh

Key Features

  • Unique course in Wales
  • Opportunities for gaining additional Governing Body awards
  • Staff are actively involved with the national PE and School Sport (PESS) project
  • Practical and vocational focus on the course
  • Highly relevant degree for progression route to PGCE primary and secondary courses
  • Opportunity to complete many modules through the medium of Welsh
  • Great sports facilities on campus
  • Strong sporting tradition
  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Practical and vocational focus of the course
  • University sports teams compete in the British Universities Championships in a wide range of sports including: rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, triathlon, cross-country, judo and golf. There are also many other sports clubs and societies such as the Outdoor Pursuits club, Aerobics and Surf Club. Students of the School take a lead role in the organising and running of many of these clubs
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Why study at this University?

  • Great sports facilities on campus
  • Trinity has a strong sporting tradition
  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Practical and vocational focus of the course
  • College sports teams compete in the British Universities Championships in a wide range of sports including; rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, triathlon, cross country, trampolining, judo and golf. There are also many other sports clubs and societies such as the Outdoor Pursuits club, Aerobics and Surf Club. Students of the School take a lead role in the organising and running of many of these clubs
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Programme Specification

Educational Aims

The educational aims of the programme are to:

  • develop a broad definition of Physical Education as a lifelong process;
  • develop interdisciplinary perspectives on Physical Education;
  • relate theory to practice in a practical setting.

Programme Outcomes

Subject Specific Knowledge and Understanding

  • Monitoring, analysing, diagnosing and prescribing action to enhance the learning and performance of the component elements of Physical Education.
  • Showing evidence of the skills required to monitor and evaluate movement performance in laboratories and/or field settings.
  • Displaying a critical appreciation of the integration of the variables involved in the delivery (teaching, instructing and coaching) of enhanced sport performance.
  • Displaying an awareness of current government policy on disease prevention and the relevance of Physical Education and exercise.
  • Showing evidence of an ability to monitor health through exercise and prescribe appropriate interventions.
  • Displaying a broad range of skills, including awareness of health and safety, ethical considerations, exercise prescription and the role of education, health and sports bodies in improving the health of the nation.
  • Displaying a critical insight into the organisations and structures responsible for Physical Education and sport, and the political ramifications arising from these.
  • Making effective use of knowledge and understanding of the disciplines underpinning human structure and function.
  • Appraising and evaluating the effects of Physical Education intervention on the participant.
  • Showing evidence of the skills required to monitor and evaluate human responses to Physical Education.
  • Providing a critical appreciation of the relationship between sport and exercise activity and intervention in a variety of participant groups; this could include special populations such as senior citizens, disabled people and children.
  • Critical understanding of the underlying values and principles relevant to Physical Education and a developing personal stance which draws on their knowledge and understanding.
  • Critical understanding of the diversity of learners and the complexities of the education process.
  • Critical understanding of the complexity of the interaction between learning and contexts, and the range of ways in which participants (including learners and teachers) can influence the learning process.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of health.
  • Analyse contemporary issues at the forefront of health, Physical Education and well-being.
  • Critically appraise a range of health interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the individual and of institutions in affecting health and nutritional status.

Intellectual Skills

  • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts, factual information, and apply these skills to explain and solve problems.
  • Critically assess and evaluate evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources.
  • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches adopted.
  • Describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse, and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context.
  • Plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of data.
  • Apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Develop a sustained reasoned argument and be able to challenge previously held assumptions.
  • Recognise formal and informal contexts for learning. Educational contexts will include some understanding of their own education system and other education systems, and the values underpinning their organization.
  • Evaluate education policy in an informed and systematic way.
  • Recognise the moral and ethical issues of investigations and appreciate the need for professional codes of conduct.
  • Learn independently, monitor and evaluate their personal development planning needs, and identify appropriate problem-solving strategies.

Key Skills

  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Work effectively, both independently and with others.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for their learning and continuing personal and professional development.
  • Self-appraise and reflect on their practice.
  • Use information and communication technology (ICT), including word processing, databases, internet communication, information retrieval and online searches.
  • Interpret and present relevant numerical information.

Practical Skills

  • Plan, design, manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills.
  • Recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues which directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct.
  • Undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
  • The analysis of complex situations concerning human learning and development in particular contexts, including their own learning.
  • The use of examples of the implementation of policies in practice.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence in skills transferable to the workplace and articulate these to an employer.
  • Appropriately respond to equal opportunities issues in context.

Further Information

Programme Co-ordinator - Ceredig Emanuel
Tel: 01267 676643
E-mail: c.emanuel@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk