Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Wales Trinity Saint David the United Kingdom

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About Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

In the subject area of Physical Education the need for teachers with higher level knowledge and understanding of the potential and benefits of physical education could not be clearer with growing concerns over childhood and adolescent health and the long-term implications of inactivity. The course explores many aspects of learning in a physical context, personal philosophies of Physical Education, managing the Physical Education curriculum and meeting the needs of all learners to develop Physical Literacy throughout life.

The programme is the only one of its kind in Wales. It has attracted interest from teachers and practitioners from across Wales, the UK, Europe Canada and the United States. As part of their postgraduate studies students have the opportunity to take part in an international exchange programme.

Key Features
  • Flexible postgraduate opportunities throughout Wales
  • Part-time and full-time modes of study
  • Full-time over two years
  • Part-time over four years
  • Weekend delivery supported by Moodle
  • Accessible locations in South and North Wales
  • Modules to suit students' professional practice and needs
  • Taught or research based study options
  • International exchange opportunities

Key Features

Are you someone who is working with children, young people or adults in relation to education, health, sport or physical activity? Do you want to improve your understanding and expertise to develop the work you do or move on to new opportunities? Do you want to make a difference to health and improve well being? If so then this programme provides an excellent professional development opportunities and training.

Students will have the opportunity to study some aspects of the course through the medium of Welsh, and submit course work in Welsh. A number of the tutors on the programme can offer tutorial support through the medium of Welsh.

Who is it for?

The degree would be of particular interest to Physical Education and sport professionals, coaches, sports development officers and health professionals who are:

  • Inspired to support the development of physical literacy through Play, Physical Education, Sporth, Health, Leisure and Outdoor Activity
  • Seeking to gain higher level academic qualifications to enhance their career prospects.
  • Inquisitive and critical in their outlook.
  • Inspired by the potential of Physical Education and sport to offer high quality learning opportunities.
  • Motivated to challenge their own beliefs and philosophies.
  • Working as teachers, heads of departments, subject co-ordinators, sports development officers, 5x60 officers, Dragon sports co-ordinators and graduate students.


Flexible Delivery - teaching takes place on weekend residentials with online support in between using Moodle. These weekends give the opportunity for practical sessions and workshops and to meet and socialise with students on other MA programmes creating a postgraduate learning community.

Expert Tuition - Our lecturers are experts in their fields,l responsible for world-leading research and practice. The international recognition for the course enables us to draw on the world's leaders in their fields with workshops delivered by tutors from the USA, Wales, Scotland and Canada.


This programme has recently been re-validated to encorporate new content that reflects the lateste approaches and innovations in the sector.

The modules in the programme develop an understanding of how we can increase participation in physical activity, how we develop physical competence and motivation at all levels. The programme explores a personal philosophy in relation to physical education sport and health. It studies how to lead and manage areas of work in relation to the development of health and wellbeing and how to conduct research. It examines and evaluates how work in the field has an impact, and how to increase this.

  • Motivation in physical activity
  • Physical Literacy, Physical Education and Sport - philosophy, policy and curriculum
  • Developing and Supporting Physical Competence
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation.

The programme is modular and has three named awards

  • Postgraduate Certificate 2 taught modules (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma 4 taught modules (120 credits)
  • MA Physical Education 4 taught modules + dissertation (180 credits)

Students study the dissertation module after completing the postgraduate diploma.

Physical Literacy

Physical literacy is a journey from birth right through life. If you work with very young children or people in later life, you are impacting on their physical literacy. This new module focuses on how we develop physical competence to be able to be active for life and how we motivate people to engage in physical activity.

Through this ground breaking module, you will learn the developmental sequences for fundamental motor skills, how to recognise and analyse the stages and how to improve these crucial skills.

You will also learn about how we assess movement patterns and how to improve these. You will learn what motivates children, young people and adults to engage in physical activity.

This module is developed so that no matter what age group you work with, you will be able to relate the work to the groups you support.

Course Tutor(s)

Dr Nalda Wainwright
Kate Evans
Dylan Blain
Professor Jackie Goodway Hon research fellow at WIPL
Ceredig Emanuel
Dr Andy Williams
Dave Gardener

Career Opportunities

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.

Further Information

The School of Sport Health and Outdoor Education is the home of the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy.

The MA Physical Education offers students a unique opportunity to work with the team of experts based at the institute whose work has received international recognition. Opportunities range from work on research in motor development, outdoor and adventure activities, health and well-being projects, circus skills and aging and exercise.

The Institute works with people of all ages and abilities to raise participation and support physical activity in all forms, whether that is pre-school play, walking the dog or competing in world championship events. The institute conducts research on many aspects of physical literacy throughout the lifespan.

We have expertise in:

  • Physical Education
  • Health and well being
  • Sports injury and sports therapy
  • Early years Education
  • Motivation in relation to physical activity and health
  • Physiology
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition
  • Outdoor Education and Adventure

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
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  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 years
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Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

Entry requirements for the programmes are dependent on the background of the individual applicants and consideration
is given to professional experience, prior educational awards, written and verbal communication skills and career aspirations. Applicants must be interviewed to be accepted on the programme.

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