Physical Education, Sport and Activity (PESA) FdA

Why choose this course?

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.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
2 years full time X113 2022
Location Employment based

2021 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between September 2021 and August 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 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 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston University is No.1 in London and No.3 in the UK for education (Guardian league tables 2021).
  • The course is focused on children and young people. You'll be able to make a positive impact on current and future participation in sport and physical activity.
  • This course fits around your work, combining university and work-based learning. You'll be able to continue in employment while studying.

What you will study

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.

Year 1

Year 2

In Year 1, you will learn to articulate your rationale for PESA and how to put this into practice.

Core modules

Principles and Practices within Physical Education, Sport and Activity

30 credits

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.

 

Managing the Active Environment

30 credits

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.

Understanding the Moving Child 1

30 credits

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.

Developmental Activity, Purposeful Play and Practice

30 credits

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.

Core modules

Health in Action

30 credits

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.

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

30 credits

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.

Understanding the Moving Child 2

30 credits

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.

PESA, Social Equity and Inclusion

30 credits

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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer 2022

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.

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

  • 2 A-levels at grade C or above (64 tariff points); or
  • BTEC Merit or above in a relevant subject area; or
  • A relevant Level 3 qualification (such as a National Diploma or equivalent); or
  • A relevant Access Course (Level 3).

Typical offer 2021

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.

Additional requirements

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.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Guided independent study

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. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

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. 

Your workload

Year 1

Year 2

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 128 hours
  • Guided independent study: 560 hours
  • Placement: 512 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 128 hours
  • Guided independent study: 560 hours
  • Placement: 512 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

A wide range of types of assignment. Each module is assessed differently:

  • Practical assessment on leading sessions with children
  • Written assignments
  • Opportunity to use a range of media including video
  • Presentations

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:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 1
  • Coursework: 100%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 100%

 

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

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.

Who teaches this course?

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.

Course fees and funding

2022/23 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a ‘Home' (UK) or ‘International' student. In 2022/23 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £7,800*
International Year 1 (2022/23): £15,000
Year 2 (2023/24): £15,400

* 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.

2021/22 fees for this course

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:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK students) £7,800*
International £14,600

* 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.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

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.

Need to know more?

Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that 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, access to shared 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 (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

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 buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50-£250 per year.

Computer equipment

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 Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost £100-£3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Materials

There is optional CPESA sports clothing available for purchase.

After you graduate

Types of jobs

  • Teacher
  • Teaching assistant
  • Coach (both grassroots and near-elite)
  • Self-employed / sport entrepreneur
  • Activity and events organiser
After you graduate

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

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 in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from 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, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

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 in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the 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 in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. 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, 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. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered 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 might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

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.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments 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.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct 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 by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

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.

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