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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the Course

This course is designed for recent graduates who are looking to develop their career in physical education teaching or youth sport coaching.

It will support you in developing the knowledge and skills required to progress to teacher education and/or higher-level employment. It will deepen your critical understanding of the issues facing professionals in physical education and sport settings.

The course undertakes a research-informed and practice-based theory approach. Many of the units require you to draw on observations and activities in work-related environments in order to link experience and theoretical learning.

MA Physical Education and Sport (Pedagogy) is a rigorously designed and intellectually demanding professional education and development programme.

It is studied in order to become a more effective and reflective teacher or coach in school, club and other community settings. Each unit is grounded in the most recent developments in research on physical education, sport pedagogy and youth sport, and draws on your practical experience.

We use intensive, compressed teaching time combined with flexible off-site guided learning to fit around your work in a school or youth sport setting.

This course will also provide the advanced knowledge and research training required for direct access to higher degrees by research (MPhil/ PhD).

Why choose this course?

  • Study in a supportive environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate research with current physical education policy and practice
  • Develop an advanced and critical understanding of pedagogy and practice for social justice and youth voice; sport and education policy; action research; and public health concerns in physical education and youth sport environments
  • Gain the necessary personal competencies, applied practical skill-sets and subject expertise to become a theoretically informed and reflective practitioner
  • Gain a grounding in the theoretical study of physical education and sport pedagogy in your practical workplace experience.
  • Develop your personal and professional network and benefit from our links with schools, Sport England, Governing Bodies, and Active Partnerships
  • Receive support from peer mentors who are studying on our MA Physical Education and Sport (Leadership) course
  • Exchange knowledge with aspiring graduates in sport, physical activity and health industries/institutions by attending units that will also include students from our other MA and MSc courses.
  • Gain experience of working with young people, practitioners and employers to investigate and analyse real problems and develop the ability to develop innovative solutions
  • Undertake a semester long research project on a chosen topic, working in a physical education, sport or physical activity environment of your choice
  • Study using range of learning activities including lectures, seminars, practicals, problem-based-learning and tutorials
  • Learn from a team who have a wide range of academic expertise and experience in specific subject areas including critical pedagogy, youth voice, models-based practice, policy, leadership, and the sociology of sport.
  • Gain insights from experts through the seminar series coordinated by the Institute of Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR)

Units

  • Advanced Pedagogy Through Models Based Practice (SPO071-6) Compulsory
  • Behavioural Science And Public Health (SPO060-6) Compulsory
  • Contemporary Sports Policy (SPO062-6) Compulsory
  • Critical Issues In Sport And Physical Activity (SPO065-6) Compulsory
  • Critical Perspectives In Pete (SPO073-6) Compulsory
  • Innovative And Effective Pedagogies (SPO072-6) Compulsory
  • Research Methods For Sport, Physical Activity And Education (SPO067-6) Compulsory
  • Sport And Physical Activity Masters Dissertation (SPO070-6) Compulsory
  • Participatory Action Research For The Development Of Sport And Physical Activity (SPO068-6) Optional
  • Placement (Short) (SPO009-6) Optional

Formative assessment will be used to provide you with the opportunity for feedback that is both peer and teacher directed, to enable you to review and improve your work, before summative assessment wherever possible. There will be a range of summative assessment methods on the course that permit you to build on your strengths and address your weaknesses. Each unit will be assessed separately, using different mixes of assessment and modes of learning including: individual presentations and reports, essays, and projects. The details of these assessments are given in the individual UnitInformation Forms where the connections to the Course Learning Outcomes are made clear. Your ability to carry out independent research will be assessed through a research project reported in a dissertation. The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to use your growing and developing knowledge and skills.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 


The skills, knowledge, theoretical concepts and applied practical experience you will gain from the course will prepare you to gain entry to the physical education sector and support you to progress within the industry.

Previous students on the course have gained roles as primary and secondary PE teachers, PE coordinators, visiting lecturers, personal trainers, SEN teaching assistants or pursued doctoral research.

Whilst the primary focus is to provide you the opportunity to develop a career in physical education and sport, the research and applied focus of the programme provides numerous transferable skills that can be related to a variety of service industries.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £8,250 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2021/22 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 21/22 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student