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If you work or are thinking about working in physical education, sport and activity (PESA), this highly innovative course will transform your practice and give you the skills, knowledge and understanding to ensure that children and young people have the best possible experiences in sport and activity.
This course is different as it fits around your work, with classes held one evening a week. As a work-based degree, you need to be in paid or unpaid work in a PESA setting for at least 16 hours per week. If you are currently not working in PESA and are interested in this course, we can help you find work in one of our partner PESA settings.
As an employment-based course the authentic and innovative PESA FdA enables you to learn and apply the skills and knowledge you will acquire as an integrated element of the course.
Your developed knowledge and skills will provide you with the grounding to take on enhanced roles within the workplace and can lead to career opportunities within leadership and management of your chosen field.
If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.
Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.
You will critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches in physical education and sport, and be able to apply these in a work context. The course is pedagogically focused and you will examine effective strategies for teaching and learning in the PESA context. Through engagement in the course you will develop appropriate academic skills to graduate as an independent learner and thinker.
In Year 1, you will learn to articulate your rationale for PESA and how to put this into practice.
This module introduces students to the principles and practices underlying Physical Education, Sport and Activity (PESA). Students are given opportunities to explore and reflect upon their previous experiences and to examine their own beliefs and values about the very purpose of Physical Education, Sport and Activity for children and young people. Students will examine the multiple agendas pursued by different agencies and understand how these shape policy and practice. To support this knowledge acquisition, the historical context will be explored and students will have the opportunity to contextualise Physical Education, Sport and Activity within their field. This introductory module also introduces students to the expectations of higher education study and students will be supported in developing academic skills. This module is expected to lay the foundations for all future study on the course.
This module is designed to support students in examining all aspects of the active environment. The term 'active environment' is used in its broadest sense to describe any space that children and young people are engaged in physical education, activity or sport. Students will examine research and theory that reviews various active environments and explores some of the related benefits and challenges. Students will begin to engage in discussion concerning different aspects of the effective active environment such as inclusion and diversity as they relate knowledge to their own practice. Students will be encouraged to explore and reflect on how the active environment impacts upon the learning experiences of children and young people engaged in PESA.
This is the first of two modules that seek to introduce and deepen students' knowledge of the physical and movement development of children and young people. In this module students will begin to examine the developmental stages and milestones of physical and movement development specifically for children between the ages of 3 and 11 years. The module builds on Managing the Active Environment by looking specifically at notions of age appropriateness and how these manifest in activity programmes, activities and tasks. Students will explore theoretical models of development and how these relate to practice. Detailed examination of movement will be explored in order to enhance students' ability to observe and identify progress in children's movement and physical development. Students will relate their learning to practice responsibilities and consider how they might improve their planning and delivery of activities to meet children's needs at different developmental stages.
This module examines the role of purposeful play when planning for physical and movement development for children. Students will focus specifically on activity design, session content and progression between sessions and over a period of time. Students will further develop their skills to plan and deliver effective activity sessions for children that support the physical literacy journey of all children and that are suitable for all abilities. Students will examine and review commercially available resources that promote their effectiveness for learning in the field of PESA. Students will develop the skills of evaluation in order to become discerning users of commercially available resources and they will be supported in developing their own resources to meet the needs of the children with whom they work.
In Year 2, you will enhance your knowledge of PESA in the wider context and be introduced to ways of understanding young people's experiences.
This module extends students' understanding of health as a complex, multi-faceted construct. It examines the relationship between health and PESA. Students are supported to critically examine the discourse prevalent in key policy. By so doing students will be able to evaluate initiatives and practices that are designed to improve children's health. Students will be introduced to theory and practices that help us understand health-related behaviour change. They will return to examining their own practice to better understand the ways in which activity may impact on children's health and how children experience PESA. In order to do this, students will be introduced to ethics and methods of hearing and capturing children's voices.
There has been ongoing debate and discussion as to how children should be taught to increase the chances of engaging and retaining them in PESA. This module introduces students to a range of pedagogical approaches that are used in the fields of physical education and sport. The approaches will be used to look at more generic learning theories that have shaped pedagogical thinking.
This is the second module looking at the movement journey of children and young people. This module explores the psycho-social and physical aspects of engagement in PESA for young people aged 11-16. Students will explore the shifting meanings associated with movement, look at the specific challenges facing young people of this age and look at how emerging identities affect participation. Literature is consulted about diverse and meaningful activity forms for 11-16 year olds and students will consider what the key components of PESA should be to increase the likelihood of more young people staying in PESA through this period of their lives.
This module draws on a range of academic disciplines to examine issues of social equity and inclusion in PESA and health. Students will consider the range of benefits offered by PESA (different types of capital and privileges) and explore data as to which populations are more or less active. Students will then be introduced to a range of sociological theoretical frameworks that are widely applied in the field, such as feminist theory. These theories help students further their understanding of the discrepancies that appear in the active participation data.
The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.
The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:
UCAS tariff points: 64
Employment in an appropriate setting (paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week for duration of the course. Enhanced DBS check.
Employment in a relevant setting for a minimum of 16 hours per week for the duration of the programme; and
A relevant Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) clearing document.
Students must be employed in a relevant setting for at least 16 hours per week. This can be paid or voluntary employment.
The course design will ensure that you have the opportunity to develop your own skills to become practitioner researchers in a chosen aspect of your working practice.
When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.
Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.
A wide range of types of assignment. Each module is assessed differently:
The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.
Teaching on the course is undertaken by lecturers and tutors who are actively engaged in national and international research projects. This ensures that you are fully involved with ‘cutting edge' theories and emerging issues that impact upon practice, making this an exciting and dynamic programme of study.
The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a ‘Home' (UK) or ‘International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:
|Home (UK students)||£7,800*|
* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.
Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.
The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a ‘Home' (UK or EU) or ‘International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:
|Home (UK and EU students)||£7,800*|
* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme..
Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.
Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.
There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.
In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.
Travel costs are not included but we do have a free inter-site bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.
The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.
Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.
We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.
Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.
Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.
In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, for example re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.
If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.
We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.
We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.
Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.
While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.
The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.
In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.
In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.
Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.
Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.
Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.
Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.
Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.
As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.
There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.
As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.
The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.
There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.
There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.
Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.
Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.
In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.
Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.
Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.
No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.
Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.
In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.
International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.
The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses, an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students' best interests, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases, students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.
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