Now that my time studying Sport and Physical Education (SPE) has come to an end, I find myself reminiscing on the past three years, looking back fondly on the experiences, opportunities and the memories that will stay with me forever. Honestly, university is a one-off experience, and my advice would be to make the most of the support, network and opportunities which will surround you; three years will go by in a flash.
Initially, I had reservations about going to university; exams are not my forte, the idea of which was a daunting prospect. However, if you’re in the same boat, DO NOT WORRY – the course has a balanced range of assessment methods ranging from written coursework, oral/poster presentations and practical skills to name a few. Hence, catering for all learning needs and preferences. Furthermore, my ambition to become a PE teacher, and gain in-depth practical knowledge of PE and youth sport, won out and pushed me to take a leap of faith. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I would ever make!
If like me, your current mindset going into the first year is to become a PE teacher, you won’t be on your own. Indeed, this was the case for the majority on the SPE course; with the common phrases “PE was my favourite subject at school” and “I want to be a PE teacher”… albeit thinking “maybe there’s a different pathway for me”. Such thoughts are completely normal due to everyone’s university experience differing. Undeniably, obtaining an SPE degree will provide endless opportunities and open doors that you never dreamt possible. Certainly, this was the case for me; finding my passion for qualitative research concerning present issues in PE, in turn, changing my career mindset. Subsequently, due to this change and having had such a positive experience while doing my undergraduate degree, it was easy when deciding to do a master’s and was a no-brainer to continue studying at Cardiff Met due to the course, staff and culture I’d experienced.
I cannot praise the staff enough on this programme who embodied a true ethos of care; that encouraged and pushed me to achieve more. This high level of care permits you to develop an excellent working relationship with your lecturers/personal tutors. All the members of staff on this course are intelligent academics who strive to help you both realise and attain your full potential while having a laugh along the way!
Now more than ever, health and well-being are a significant focus within society; especially within the new curriculum being developed for settings and schools in Wales. SPE at Cardiff Met offers a wide breadth of sporting subjects available to study, from the practical based teaching/coaching to socio-cultural issues and sport sciences. Undeniably, the changes the course has undertaken, demonstrates the course staying up to date, which is crucial for anyone wishing to pursue careers both within and beyond the sport and educational context.
If reading the specification for SPE sparks a sense of intrigue, or if you have an existing interest, I encourage taking the leap! Trust me when I say, you won’t regret coming to Cardiff Met. The opportunities that were provided and the doors that opened are well worth the commitment of studying at Cardiff Met. The SPE course and overall university life will take you out of your comfort zone and push you to your limits. Nonetheless, you will make great friends, have brilliant new life experiences, fill your brain to the brim with new information, laugh until your face hurts, and take an enormous step to your dream goal.