Award in Teaching Gymnastics

MQF Level: 6

ECTS Value: 4 ECTS

Duration: 8 Sessions

Contact Hours: 20

Self Study Hours: 48

Assessment Hours: 32


Course Description

This module sets out to prepare participants for the design and delivery of safe, engaging and progressive gymnastics activities as part of a physical education curriculum. The module fosters a broad appreciation for different gymnastics disciplines, it explores the value of fitness components in relation to this sport as well as how these can be developed through gymnastics activity. The technical content focuses specifically on the physical preparation and skill development relevant to artistic gymnastics. Participants will be supported in developing their ability to teach core gymnastics skills and elements using appropriate progressions, equipment and feedback.

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) Design a series of progressive gymnastics sessions in line with the relevant curriculum/syllabus;
b) Manage safe and effective gymnastics activities as appropriate for the learner’s current abilities and aspirations;
c) Integrate cross-curricular teaching/learning opportunities within gymnastics activities.


a) Systematically understand the different gymnastics disciplines;
b) Recognise the selection of core artistic gymnastics movements and elements and identify relevant variations;
c) Distinguish the phases and component movements in core floor and vault elements.


a) Employ training progressions and conditioning exercises to promote good body management and support skill development;
b) Modify skill development activities and training progressions to suit different levels of ability;
c) Create and facilitate the creation of gymnastics floor routines composed of at least 6 elements.

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 programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1) Readhead, L., 2017. Coaching Youth Gymnastics: An Essential Guide for Coaches, Parents and Teachers. Crowood Press
2) Gymnastics Skills Coaching Handbook. 2018. Gymnastics Skills Coaching Handbook. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 23 May 2018].

Supplementary Reading List

1) S., P., 1993. Teaching Basic Gymnastics: A Coeducational Approach. Macmillan USA.
2) J.North. 2012. Further Development of the Gymnastics Participant Model. [ONLINE] Available at:,%20J%20- %20Gymnatics%20Participant%20Model%20-%20FINAL.pdf. [Accessed 17 May 2018].
3) Federation Internationale de Gymnastique. 2016. 2017 – 2020 Code of Points [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 17 May 2018].

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