BA Sport & Phsyical Activity (Joint Honours)

Sport & Physical Activity - BA (Joint Honours)


Key Facts

UCAS Codes:

XB39: BA (Hons) Education Studies & Sport & Physical Activity​

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Course Overview

T​​he study of Sport & Physical Acvtivity at Cardiff Met forms part of the ​BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme​ within​​ the Cardiff School of Education.​

Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University has an international reputation for the quality of its academic, professional, research and extra-curricular work. 

This subject examines sport and physical activity, health issues and sports principles and techniques, and explores current issues in physical education. The modules have a distinct educational focus. 

You will be able to choose specific sports to specialise in, selected from a wide range of National Curriculum-based sports. Participation in practical sport and physical activity will not only enable development of interpersonal skills but also provide knowledge and understanding of technical aspects and the application of theory into practice. There will also be opportunities to gain national coaching qualifications.

You can combine Sport & Physical Activity with the following subjects and graduate with the following named degree:

Course​ Conten​t​​

​​In addition to the specialist Sport & Physical Activity modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required fo​r successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.

The modules are:

​​Year One:​

Sport & Physical Activity Modules:

Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice (20 credits)

The module aims to introduce you to important interpersonal, technical, tactical and/or compositional principles in a range of activities. Coaching sessions will provide opportunities for you to demonstrate performance skills and you will be encouraged to apply activity-specific knowledge in your own coaching and instruction. You will also increase your awareness of how to establish an inclusive and safe practical environment. There will also be a residential which aims to provide a stimulus for personal and professional development.

Introduction to Sport Coaching and Physical Education (20 credits)

You will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of coaches and teachers in order to identify similarities and differences in the contexts in which they work. Additionally, the module aims to introduce the pedagogical principles associated with teaching and coaching and the influence on practice of the contexts in which these occur.

Introduction to Physical Education and Youth Sport (20 credits)​

The module aims to develop your awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in Physical Education and Youth Sport.

Core Modules:

Developing work-based skills (10 credits)

Using lectures, e-lectures and workshops you will be introduced to the knowledge and skills required for graduate level employment, including self-employment and entrepreneurship. You will evaluate your own skills and related career intentions and investigate opportunities and challenges with respect to employability.

Year Two:

Sport & Physical Activity Modules:

​Sports Coaching & Physical Education (20 credits)

You will build on the knowledge and understanding developed in the first year regarding teaching and coaching principles. You will develop an understanding of motor control and learning theories, and how these influence practice-based issues within the varied contexts in which practitioners work.

Health Related Exercise (10 credits)

You will be introduced to health-related exercise, where you will learn about the principles underpinning safe and effective exercise. You will consider the complex wider social and cultural contexts of health-related exercise, and develop your own skills in both performance and pedagogy.

Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice (20 credits)

The module aims to continue developing important interpersonal, technical, tactical and/or compositional principles in a range of activities begun in the first year module Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice (although will involve different activities to those selected in the first year).

Core Modules:

Work-related placement: managing yourself and others (10 credits)

Linked to a week-long placement in a work setting, this module aims to develop key employability skills. You will develop key communication skills relevant to employment in relevant professional contexts.  The placement takes place in a setting of your choice where possible, you will also have the opportunity to extend your placement by mutual agreement with providers.

An introduction to academic research (10 credits)

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of key concepts relating to academic research and the research process so that you will have the requisite knowledge to enable you to conduct the extended independent project in your final year. In addition to generic content relevant to all students, you will receive support tailored toward your chosen subject.​

Year Three:

Sport & Physical Activity Modules:

Advanced Physical Education (20 credits)

The module aims to extend your critical awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in Physical Education (PE) and Youth Sport. You will be encouraged to apply and reflect on your specific knowledge through engagement in problem-based learning and experiential learning, whilst considering the contribution of PE and Youth Sport to the development of Physical Literacy throughout the life course.

Health Related Exercise - Analysis and application (20 credits)

You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles and the more advanced techniques associated with activity, and apply sports science principles and procedures. You will further develop skills in the observation and analysis of performance, and your ability to apply appropriate pedagogical skills to manage a performance environment.

Core Modules:

Independent Project (40 credits)

You will complete an independent research or enquiry-based project of a practical or theoretical nature. This will enable you to demonstrate independence in your approach to research and enhance your project planning experience. You will receive guidance and support from a supervisor.

Learning & Teaching​

The learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and staff and students are expected to support these sessions via Moodle. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range of other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops to enhance the student experience and engagement. We are committed to providing student-centered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment, improving personalised support and enables access to academic staff. ​


We use a range of assessments designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. These include practical skills coaching sessions, practical workshops, presentations, debates, written essays, examinations and portfolios​​​.

Employability & Careers​

​The Sport and Physical Activity course prepares students for success in a range of professions, both within the sports industry, including careers in sports coaching, physical education, sports development, sports management, sports administration, and within the graduate sector more broadly.  Emphasis on high levels of literacy, critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills makes our graduates attractive to employers beyond the sports sector. Employers seeking graduates will look for many of the transferable skills that are gained by doing this course.​​

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

For further information on entry requirements and how to apply for the joint honours programme, please refer to the Joint Honours Course Overview.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact​: ​

Dr Jane Dorrian
Tel: 029 2041 6576

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