Certificate in Professional Development Programme on New Paradigm of Learning and Teaching in Physical Education

(Full-time Block Release)
Programme Code: BWP092

Programme Code
Mode of Study
Full-time Block Release
5 Weeks
Tai Po Campus
Programme Co-ordinator
Mr Chan Ching Yat Roy
Programme Enquiries
Mr Oceany Chan
2948 7617

Programme Aims

The programme aims to acquaint serving Physical Education (PE) teachers with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to design innovative PE curricula and pedagogies for promoting students’ cognitive, social, psychomotor as well as cultural learning in schools in response to current issues in Hong Kong school PE.

Upon completion of the programme, the participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding of the development of school PE worldwide;
  • distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of school PE with reference to the current issues in Hong Kong school PE;
  • develop and test curricular plans for the application of alternative curricular and pedagogical PE models like Physical Literacy Concept, Fundamental Movement Concept, Teaching Games for Understanding, Assessment for Learning, Problem Based Learning, Co-operative Learning, Fitness and Health Education, Sports Education as well as Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles; cultivating students’ cognitive, social, psychomotor and cultural learning through PE; and
  • appraise critically the feasibility of promoting and implementing various innovative models for teaching PE in response to Hong Kong school PE.

Programme Structure

The programme will comprise three academic courses (i) New Paradigm of Learning and Teaching in Physical Education, (ii) Current Issues and Controversies in Hong Kong Physical Education and (iii) Physical Literacy and Physical Education, which carries a total of 9 credit points (cps).

Major teaching and learning activities include lectures, discussion, practical workshops with lesson analysis and trial teaching, and curriculum planning; course participants may be required to try out the teaching in one of the classes at his/her school. Assessment items include reflection report, design of lesson plan and unit plan, group presentation etc. Topics include:

  • Worldwide development of School PE
  • Current issues and controversies in Hong Kong School PE
  • Critical appraisal of the development of school PE in Hong Kong
  • Physical Literacy Concepts and design of Fundamental Movements for Junior Primary School PE Curriculum
  • Physical Literacy Concepts and the Secondary School PE Curriculum
  • Critical review on the rationales behind pedagogical and curricular advancement in PE
  • Teaching Games for Understanding
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Problem-based Learning in PE
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Fitness and Health Education Model
  • Sports Education Model
  • Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles in PE


  1. The curriculum structure and courses on offer are subject to change.
  2. The University reserves the right to cancel any cohorts offered. Should there be any changes, the University will inform the applicants concerned as soon as possible.
  3. Participants are required to attend all the scheduled learning activities such as lectures, workshops and lessons for analysis.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction of the programme is mainly in Cantonese with English as a supplement.

Programme Duration

The programme is tentatively offered once a year as follows:
30 May to 1 July 2022

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  1. in-service primary and secondary PE teachers; and
  2. recommended by school principals.


  1. Priority of admission will be given to teachers who take charge of relevant education or curriculum reform in school.
  2. Each school can recommend more than one teacher for a particular cohort.
  3. Applicant’s status as a PE teacher must be clearly indicated in the Principal Recommendation Form for application.
  4. Applicants are required to submit evidence / supporting documents on their qualified teaching status (QTS) as a Physical Education (PE) teacher for verification, such as Graduate Certificate, Transcript of Undergraduate / Postgraduate study and Certificate of Registration as a Teacher. Failing to submit such documents will hinder the application process.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, the participants must at least obtain a pass in all required course assessment tasks and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.