Award in Teaching Athletics

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 4 ECTS

Duration: 8 Sessions

Contact Hours: 20

Self Study Hours: 48

Assessment Hours: 32


Course Description

The course participants will be exposed to three event groups of athletics, namely running, jumping and throwing events. They will acquire the necessary theoretical and practical skills to adapt the teaching methods of these events to children of different ages. The learners will become aware of the importance of teaching the skills, techniques and conditioning for all the group events to young children at different stages of their maturity.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

1. An awarded MATSEC Certificate (MQF Level 4), or equivalent, preferably with a Grade C or better in Physical Education at Intermediate Level;

2. A full MQF Level 4 qualification (with a minimum of 120 ECTS, or equivalent) in the area of Sport, Exercise or Physical Education.

3. An MQF Level 5 qualification (with a minimum of 30 ECTS, or equivalent) in the area of Sport, Exercise or Physical Education  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Understand and apply the principles of training when teaching athletics to children;
b) Demonstrate a proper technique in the majority of the events;
c) Adapt the lesson to the learners’ needs and level of cognitive and physical maturity.


a) Demonstrate understanding of the biomechanical aspects of the various athletics events;
b) Identify the factors affecting the performance in different athletics events;
c) Examine the components of fitness required for each and every athletic event.


a) Demonstrate a proper technique when teaching an event;
b) Choose the appropriate method of teaching an event;
c) Identify and correct common mistakes in the execution of the technique.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programme. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1. Bompa, T. and Carrera, M. (2015). Conditioning Young Athletes. US: Human Kinetics Publishers.
2. Gambetta, V. (2006) Athletic Development: The Art and Science of Functional Sports Conditioning. US: Human Kinetics Publishers.
3. Morgan, K. (2013). Athletics Challenges: A Resource Pack for Teaching Athletics. UK: Routledge
4. Wormhoudt, R., Savelsbergh, G.J.P., Teunissen, J.W., Davids, K. (Eds.) (2017). The Athletics Skills Model: Optimizing Talent Development through Movement Education. London: Routledge
Supplementary Reading List

1. Cook, G. (2003). Athletic Body in Balance. US: Human Kinetics Publishers
2. Pangrazi, R.P. and Beighle, A. (2015). Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children (18th Ed.). UK: Pearson
3. Shepherd J. (2009). 101 Youth Athletics Drills. UK: Bloomsbury Publishers

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