Physical Education and School Sport with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
X15F
Attendance:
Full Time (1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree)
Starting:
September 2019
Campus:

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BSc degree.  Gain a thorough understanding of physical education in schools and wider communities with our Physical Education and School Sport with a Foundation Year course. We'll develop your teaching, learning and leadership skills, enabling you to become a highly employable expert on physical education and school sport.

This course encompasses the contemporary place and role of school-based physical education, activity, and health and sport. Physical education continues to be an important part of Government agendas, so with this in mind, you'll learn relevant and up-to-date techniques and information.

Tailor your Sport and Physical Activity Degree

When you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you will be able to progress onto a range of Undergraduate courses at the Birmingham City School of Health Sciences. These include:

  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education and School Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Why choose a foundation year course?

By studying a foundation year in Sport and Physical Activity, your first year will be spent learning a wide range of broad subject areas which then open up opportunities for you to specialise further in your next year –  which would be the first year of a full degree programme. 

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses and not just one particular BSc degree. 

So although you are studying a BSc in a specific course – BSc Physical Education and School Sport – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year.

This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category - Sport and Physical Activity, allowing you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best.

Please note: entry requirements for degree course

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, if your chosen course is regulated by a professional body such as the National College for Teaching and Leadership, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment. 

What's covered in the course?

Linked and mapped to the national curriculum for physical education, you'll be taught the physical activities and up-to-date information that teachers within this sector require. This course will prepare you to apply for PGCE Physical Education courses in Secondary and Primary Education.

It won’t just be about sport, though; you'll be looking at different aspects of health and people at opposite ends of the health spectrum. It's a chance for you to gain the knowledge and skills needed to negotiate different challenges.

To help build these skills, you'll go on placements, working face-to-face and getting first-hand experience, something which will enhance your future employability.

Mapped to the course are additional awards, where you can support teachers in a range of extra-curricular opportunities, including working with school sports teams. All of our physical education and sport courses will provide additional, employability-based qualifications at the same time as your course, enhancing your subject knowledge and giving you valuable hands-on experience.

By taking this course, you’ll be studying at the brand new home for the School of Health Sciences, which will contain a state-of-the-art laboratory, sports therapy rooms, cutting-edge resources and a designated sports area.

Why Choose Us?

  • You'll gain vital, first-hand experience of physical education by undertaking placements, typically in schools, where you can build up your knowledge and enhance your attributes.
  • You'll receive talks from guest lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date advice.
  • The course is mapped to the national curriculum of physical education, ensuring that what you learn mirrors what the sector needs.
  • If you’re interested in physical education at primary school level, you can learn the exercises and information that children of that age require.
  • There will be a host of practical-based teamwork and activities, ensuring you learn by doing.
  • You’ll be based in a new, state-of-the-art facility, with up-to-date, cutting-edge resources and equipment. 
This course is not open to International students

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Entry Requirements
Essential

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (formerly Grade C), at the point of enrolment. These must include English language, double science and mathematics. No equivalents can be accepted. 

80 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2019/20
GCE A Level/ AS Level 80 UCAS tariff points = CCD. Must include one of sport science/studies, PE, Human Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Applied Science 
Access to Higher Education Diploma 60 Credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.
BTEC Diploma (12-units) DM in sport and exercise science or equivalent
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units) MMP in sport and exercise science or equivalent
International Baccalaureate Diploma 24 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate Minimum 80 UCAS tariff points. Must include Maths and English Language.
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher Minimum 80 UCAS tariff points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) Accepted in combination with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 80 UCAS points.
Other qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

Upon completion of your Foundation Year, you will be required to successfully complete the University’s selection process for the specific programme which will include an interview in order to proceed onto year one of the full degree programme. Entry onto year one of the degree programme will also be subject to a satisfactory DBS and Occupational Health Assessment.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2019 FT 1 year foundation followed by 3 year degree £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Foundation Year

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Academic Skills for Success
20 credits

This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a Higher Education environment at Birmingham City University. Through a range of class-based group and individual activities, discussions, debates, personal reflection and wider reading and research, you will have opportunities to consider academic conventions, which include: effective use of literature; sourcing and reviewing information; various forms of academic writing; developing reflective capacity. You will also receive guidance on study skills and strategies, which will enhance previously acquired skills.

These professional skills are transferable and will be valuable not only in the immediate context but throughout your continued education and employment. By engaging with this module, we have set out clearly what we expect of you at foundation and undergraduate level, and will equip you with the confidence, competence and capacity to utilise resources to be able to meet expectations in this environment.

An essential element of this module will be your ability to analyse and reflect on your own learning and the way in which you have applied your knowledge, skill and understanding to any academic context in which you have engaged to date. Communicating effectively through a variety of academic conventions is a key skill for any student and this will be a feature of this module.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity
20 credits

This module is designed to help you gain awareness and understanding of current challenges around Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and how this impacts upon the Health, Education and Social Sciences sector, preparing you for your future education and journey into practice.

Introducing the Equality Act 2010 as the overarching legislation that focuses on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, the module is based on themes that are covered by this Act.  The nine protected characteristics, upon which a person can be discriminated, as laid down in the Equality Act, will be discussed throughout and you will be introduced to case studies relevant to your chosen pathways.

The module will give you the opportunity to discuss debate and reflect upon how challenges around Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity may present themselves. Using problem and inquiry based learning you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss ways of working which can help to minimise discrimination in your own practice.  The module will be made up of lead lectures, taught sessions, group work and individual study.

An essential element of this module will be your ability to analyse and reflect on your own experiences and perceptions, whilst gaining an awareness and appreciating the differences of others. 

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Interpersonal Skills and Professional Behaviours
20 credits

This module will focus on enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of the interpersonal skills and behaviours required to work in your chosen area. Through a range of class based and student focused activities you will explore the different concepts of effective interpersonal and professional behaviours essential to your own personal development and progression. By engaging in this module you will  reflect on your own and others  values, beliefs and behaviours identifying how this can impact on the way in which you will  be viewed by others. You will also address the importance of effective communication and how this can lead you to have a more professional approach in your chose area of work.

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Negotiated Studies
20 credits

This module is designed to support you in your transition to studying in a Higher Education environment at Birmingham City University, allowing you the opportunity to negotiate learning of a bespoke subject. Under the guidance of tutors, you will be able to direct your learning and identify relevant learning opportunities that you feel enable you to learning more about a specific field of study.

The subject area within this module is student-led, with guidance and facilitation from designated academic and practice support. You will identify an area of study that you would like to review and evaluate, and which relates to your foundation year pathway and indicate programme.

A significant proportion of the module is based around negotiation with academic facilitators to identify extended areas of study and opportunities that are possible to enhance your towards completion of the study.

The module is not reliant on traditional taught subject sessions, although you will be expected to attend classes where you will work in peer learning groups exploring and developing your negotiated study. This approach to studying is closely allied to learning within the workplace.

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Introduction to Human Biology
20 credits

An appreciation of the principles of Human Biology plays a central role in the understanding of the workings of the human body. This module is organised into three distinct phases from fundamental principles, to physiological processes, and then disruption of the interplay of such systems in human disorders. This understanding provides a solid foundation for the subsequent study in a range of disciplines from healthcare, allied healthcare, and other disciplines requiring an understanding of human biology. The topics covered will also be underpinned by practical activities. Pre- and post-session activities will help to develop your key transferable skills such as being able to reflect and ask probing questions as well as being able to think independently.  Development of these skills will ensure a growth in maturity and boost your confidence which will lead to unlocking your learning potential.

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Foundations of Sport and Physical Activity
20 credits

This module will consider the complex nature of sport, and how the disciplines associated with the scientific study of sport can interact to enhance knowledge and problem solving. Problems will be considered from across the range of sport, physical activity and exercise disciplines with demonstrations of how research can be enhanced through inter/multi-disciplinary investigation. 

The initial stages of this module will include an introduction to the four BSc courses that are run by the department. These are, Sport and Exercise Nutrition; Physical Education and School Sport; Sports Therapy and Sport and Exercise Science.

This module is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of skills relevant to sport graduates. This will include academic (writing, presentation, referencing, studying), personal (leadership, teamwork, reflection, communication) and professional skills (career development and planning, time management, appropriate use of social media).

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Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Introduction to PE and School Sport
20 credits

This module will provide you with a core foundation of knowledge in Physical Education (PE) and School Sport. It is intended that you will be aware of how PE differs to School Sport, but also how they can be interlinked.

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Professional Skills and Evidence Based Practice
20 credits

This module covers the process of research and enquiry in the discipline of sports and exercise science, nutrition, sports therapy, and PE and School Sport. It provides guidance on how to interpret scientific literature, so that you can find relevant sources of information for a study or an assessment, gain an understanding of different sources of information and consider how knowledge is generated.

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Sport and Exercise Physiology and Principles of Training
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with the underpinning knowledge of various physiological systems in the human body, and key training principles, which relate to sport and exercise. You will be introduced to the concept of the body working as multiple interrelated physiological ‘systems’.

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Children's Development: Physical, Emotional, Health and Well-being
20 credits

This module will provide an understanding of how children develop through a physical, emotional, health and well-being perspective. Students will learn about how skill and ability levels can differ between children, and factors which influence development of these.

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Applied Anatomy
20 credits

This module provides an introduction to human anatomy, relating to structures, properties and functions of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscle, in relation to the mechanical principles, which govern human movement.

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Biomechanics of Human Movement
20 credits

The primary purpose of this module is to introduce the mechanical principles that govern human movement and thus equip students not only with the ability to observe and measure human movement (i.e. to describe movement), but also to begin to understand the mechanisms by which human movement is controlled and effected (i.e. to explore why we move the way that we do).

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Year Two

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Planning and Conducting Research
20 credits

The module aims to assist you in gaining a more critical understanding of the research of others and to act as a complement to other second year modules you will be studying. It will also directly prepare you for undertaking your own research at Level 6. To realise these aims, you will have the opportunity to develop more the complex statistical skills that will be required to enhance your understanding in other modules that form part of your degree programme and prepare you for designing your own research.

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Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport
20 credits

Within this module students will learn about a range of issues surrounding PE and school sport. They will identify the key principles of what helps students engage in PE and sport, and what local, national and international initiatives are available to help promote a physical active and healthy lifestyle.

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Sport, Physical Activity and Health in Practice
20 credits

Within this module students will learn about the reasons for physical activity promotion and the barriers to physical activity participation. Students will identify the recommended daily guidelines for physical activity, whilst exploring health and social strategies to improve lifestyle through facilitating physical activity behaviours.

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Practical PE and Sport: Applied Pedagogy
20 credits

Within this module students will learn about a range of pedagogical practices which bring about high quality PE lessons where students are physically active for sustained periods of time. Students will identify the key principles of high quality teaching practice and relate these to practical experiences of teaching PE and sport.

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Level 5 P.E and School Sport – Professional Practice
40 credits

This module aims to develop and utilise pedagogical skills in a real world setting, whilst providing an opportunity to critically develop learning and experience application of subject knowledge and the national curriculum for PE will be key to the successful completion of this work. This module will also provide an opportunity for to develop essential employability attributes (e.g. interpersonal skills) which will also offer ideal preparation for the Level 6 PE and School Sport work placement module.

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Year Three

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Psycho-social Aspects of Physical Activity
20 credits

Within this module students will learn about a range of psychological and theoretical frameworks which support physical activity behaviours. Key principles promoting a healthy and physically active lifestyle from a psychological and practical perspective will be taught.

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Technological Advancements in PE, Sport and Physical Activity
20 credits

Within this module students will learn about a range of technology and equipment that supports physical activity behaviours. Students will identify the key principles of objectively measuring and promoting a healthy and physically active lifestyle from a technological perspective.

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Level 6 P.E and School Sport – Professional Practice
40 credits

This problem-based module enables students to develop, utilise and further apply pedagogical skills in a real world setting. The module will provide an opportunity for students to critically develop their learning and experience, as well as work on a live piece of investigation by agreement with the placement provider. Application of subject knowledge and the national curriculum for PE will be key to the successful completion of this work.

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Independent Research Project
40 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to design and carry out a substantive piece of independent research which is focused on an area of interest related to your programme of study. This in-depth, self-managed study will encourage you to examine a critical issue from your sector or discipline.

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You have the flexibility to transfer to a standard undergraduate programme from the School of Health Sciences upon successfully completing your Foundation Year including:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

The physical education and school sport with a foundation year course will be a mix of work-based placements, enabling you to build your knowledge and gain first-hand experience, and assessments.

Further studies

After completing this course, you will have built a sound foundation of knowledge which will contribute towards applying for a PGCE. You can gain full teacher status with a postgraduate qualification, or in schools via School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) schemes.

Overseas opportunities

You can gain international insight and experience a new culture with our Erasmus exchange programme. Students have spent a term at a number of major institutions, including the University of San Diego in the USA, as well as destinations in Cyprus and Denmark.

Within the course, there will also be the opportunity for international exchanges, as well as trips to sporting locations across Europe.

Trips and visits

Trips and visits will play a significant part in all of our sports courses. Alongside your placements, you'll have the opportunity to visit other sporting institutions and teams, both within the UK and internationally. 

Enhancing your employability skills

Physical education and conditioning continue to be a global concern, so this course ensures you are given the relevant, up-to-date information you require to enter employment.

Upon graduating, the ultimate goal will be to enter the PE and school sport environment, promoting lifelong physical activity and healthy active lifestyles. You can also progress on to a PGCE or a Masters degree, furthering your skills.

Placements

Placements play a significant role in this course, as it is important you build up your experience and knowledge of working within the sector. You'll work in schools on placements, gaining first-hand exposure to the sector and how teachers create, carry out and build on different sports-related activities.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

The course is designed to prepare you for teaching, either at primary or secondary level, or externally in after-school clubs or teams. You could progress into studying your PGCE or another teaching-based qualification, and become a physical education teacher.

Our Facilities

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to .

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.


Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre, which is located close to our City North Campus.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

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Our staff

Our staff have incredible industry links and a wealth of experience, and often continue to work in their specialist areas.

Irfan Khawaja

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education & School Sport

Irfan was a physical education teacher for seven years. Throughout his career, he has worked in primary and secondary schools, and was a curriculum coordinator for P.E at key stage 5 level. In addition to this, Irfan gained experience as a head of department and has delivered a range of INSET teacher training sessions.

Prior to this, Irfan worked in schools as part of the extended schools programme, and has experience of organising high-profile school and community charity events. He has a diverse range of coaching qualifications and also has experience of teaching internationally in South Africa.

Irfan is now the Course Leader for Physical Education and School Sport.