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About the course

This part-time postgraduate certificate programme is ideally suited to those who are seeking to enhance their career within youth sport and physical education. A combination of one classroom session each week and a structured approach to independent study will equip you to critically evaluate your own professional practice, adopt evidence informed approaches and influence developments within your profession.

The core critical pedagogies units will help you to develop an advanced understanding of teaching and learning, applying this knowledge to current practices in youth sport and physical education. Optional units in professional practice or wellbeing in youth sport will improve your understanding of the context in which youth sport and physical education is delivered. You will also study approaches to monitoring and evaluation, enabling you to critique current practices and evaluate policy.

The curriculum is driven by research in a range of relevant disciplines. You will be involved in critically evaluating current practices and will be supported as you synthesise information from different sources. Unit assessments are designed to allow you to select areas of speciality aligned with your personal career aspirations or interests. This will help you to improve your academic writing and apply research to the latest sector developments.

The teaching team make use of case studies and blended learning, strengthening the link between theory and practice. You will also benefit from our close links with local schools, the Saints Foundation, EduMove and Isle of Wight Public Health.

As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Study a curriculum that is career focused, emphasising professional development, evaluation skills and applied research.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates will be well prepared for roles in youth sport development, teaching (subject to Qualified Teacher Status), coaching and policy-making. Graduates may also choose to continue their study on our MA Youth Sport and Physical Education course.

Who is this course for?

This PGCert is ideally suited to those who are already working within the sector and would like to further their career with an academic qualification. Applicants should be passionate about youth sport and aspiring to make a difference in the lives of young people through physical activity.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island fees: £2,390
International fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and  scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

At least a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree at a recognised university, and/or an equivalent professional qualification. 

  • Applicants may be admitted to the course without a first degree provided they can demonstrate the necessary graduate-equivalent knowledge, abilities and skills. 
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

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Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Critical Pedagogies


  • Wellbeing in Youth Sport
  • International Sports Marketing and management
  • Professional Practice
  • International Sport, business culture and the media

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Dr Philippa Velija academic profile Philippa Velija Head of Subject View profile
Dominic Cunliffe academic profile Dominic Cunliffe Senior Lecturer View profile
Matthew Fleet academic profile Matthew Fleet Senior Lecturer View profile
Oscar Mwaanga academic profile Oscar Mwaanga Senior Lecturer View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Your future

Graduates will be well prepared for roles in youth sports development, coaching, teaching, sports policy-making and academic research.

Industry links

You will benefit from industry links and partnerships throughout the course. These include connections with local schools, the Saints Foundation, EduMove and Isle of Wight Public Health.


You will be encouraged and supported to gain work experience and placements, although this is not a requirement of the course.

The course team have a number of partnerships and arrangements with local schools, the Saints Foundation and other relevant local organisations.

If you are currently working in youth sport, you can use this experience to enhance your own academic development and better understand the link between theory and workplace practices.

Further study

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