‘Physical literacy’ as important as three R’s at school

Some people think physical education at secondary school is a ‘nice to have’ in an already crowded curriculum, but health specialists say it is as critical as English or Maths.

In fact, ‘physical literacy’ becomes more important as children grow, with research showing that kids who are active right through their youth are more likely to be active adults.

“Being physically active isn’t just about gaining fundamental motor skills to be able to kick, hit and throw; it’s also about gaining confidence and motivation to be active your whole life,” says sport participation expert Associate Professor Rochelle Eime.

“It leads to improved mental and social health as well as better academic performance, teamwork, sportsmanship and positive leadership skills.”

VU’s Undergraduate Certificate in Secondary Physical Education is a six-month course, perfect for those who want to fast-track a career into the important role of shaping the future of young Australians through physical education.

As an indication of its significance, the Commonwealth Government heavily subsidises the course as part of its Job-ready Package, meaning students pay only a fraction of the normal cost.

Degree-addition or stand-alone qualification

With a focus on teaching athletics, aquatics, games and sports, gymnastics and dance, the course is ideal for people who already have bachelor-level qualifications in sport and exercise science, but need to add practical training into a teaching qualification.

Since the certificate is a recognised qualification on its own for entry-level roles as a community sport coach or coordinator, it will also appeal to those without formal qualifications interested in a ‘taster’ or pathway into physical education.

Apply by 25 July for the next intake for the Undergraduate Certificate in Secondary Physical Education.

The course starts 2 August.

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