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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 Clearing 2019
Location Employment based, with some attendance at Kingston Academy

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course fits around your work, combining university and work-based learning. You'll be able to continue in employment while studying.
  • 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.
  • You'll graduate ready to take on enhanced roles in the workplace, such as roles in leadership or management.

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

If you want to join us in 2019 through Clearing, please call us on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the tariff information below is for 2020 entry only.

Typical offer

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).

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, 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.

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
  • Guided independent study
  • Placement
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
  • Placement

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
Year 2
  • Coursework


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 9.00am and 6.00pm. 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

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £7,800*
International £13,800
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

 * the undergraduate fee and other fees set out above are subject to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and associated policy developments that may allow universities to increase tuition fees from 2019/20 in line with inflation.

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.

Additional costs

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.

Text books

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.

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 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.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

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:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £7,800*
International £14,200

* the undergraduate fee and other fees set out above are subject to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and associated policy developments that may allow universities to increase tuition fees from 2020/21 in line with inflation.

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.

After you graduate

Types of jobs

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

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