This Top-Up Degree is for students wishing to convert their Foundation Degrees or Higher National Diplomas into full Degrees at Level 6. Some example careers you may wish to progress into include a Sports Development Officer, Physical Activity Coordinator, Physical Education Teacher, Sports Lecturer, Sports Coach or Health Advisor (among others). The course adopts a range of contemporary methods of delivery and assessment to assess your understanding of key concepts. Individualised and regular work experience and professional development are important parts of the course and something of which all students will be required to partake in, in addition to understanding the critical research process. The course tutors, class sizes and approach to personal tutoring offer a more personalised level 6 learning and higher education experience.
The programme will consist of small lectures, theory seminars, discussion groups and workshops as well as project work, reflection and independent study. You will be required to work in groups as well as independently. You will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate in a range of practical settings and environments as well as prepare for classes by research and completing activities as directed by the course tutors.
You will be encouraged throughout the curriculum to be active in your skills-development and may have the opportunity to be involved in the wider work of the College’s Health and Fitness or Sport Academies or Physical Activity and Sports Development team
1. Dissertation (40 credits)
2. Community Sports Development (20 credits)
3. Critical Issues in Physical Education (20 credits)
4. Professional Context Project (20 credits)
Student must choose one.
5. Physical Activity and Health for Young People (20 credits)
6. Health Trainer and Behaviour Change (20 credits)
Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
There are no formal examinations and most modules are likely to be assessed via a variety of coursework methods. Coursework assessments are likely to include essays, reports, presentations, professional meetings, research and reflections and group activities as well as undertaking a Dissertation which includes a Research Proposal and Ethics submission.
You will need to complete a formal application via UCAS and attend an informal interview to ensure that the course meets your needs and interests. You must be able to demonstrate a commitment to either sports development, physical activity promotion, physical education, sports coaching and leadership or the health industry and be committed to your own personal development as well as demonstrating some experience of working in these sectors in an appropriate capacity. You must have completed a relevant Level 5 qualification with an achievement average of at least 50% and be able to demonstrate an ability to work both independently and as part of small groups in both practical and academic settings.
As your programme will involve you working with vulnerable individuals (e.g. children and adults), you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Students will develop intellectual, practical and employability skills throughout the course, including (but not limited to): analytical techniques, approaches to solving problems, effective communication, subject-specific practical skills, approaches to undertaking research and business and sector awareness.
The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment scenarios and students will be given support in aiding smooth progression into employment. The degree also nicely-places students who wish to progress onto further and higher study at MA/MSc level or PGCE qualifications in an appropriate area.