How Do I Prepare to Study Kinesiology/Human Kinetics/Physical Education at University?
By Angela Thompson
Prerequisites (at my school for BScHK): English, two of math, chemistry, biology, or physics and two other university preparatory courses in gr. 12.
Prerequisites (at my school for BAHK): English, one of math, chemistry, biology, or physics and three other university preparatory courses in gr. 12.
Entry is very competitive … because space is limited to ~ 120-130 NEW students per year + 10-15 transfer students (total program numbers = ~ 500). Generally, we fill by the end of February or March for a September start.
In fact entry is competitive across the country as HK is seen as the gateway for medicine, chiropractic, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, athletic therapy, physical education teacher, health promotion, etc.
FYI – we typically have the highest entry average on campus – and our students maintain this standing!
No other requirements – though a minimum 70 average is required for direct entry AND I would suggest there is a need to be comfortable interacting with people and working with others/community as there is a strong emphasis on service learning – particularly with children and with individuals with disabilities.
Suggestions for students in Grade 11 and 12:
- Physical education in high school (required or elective) also counts as a “university preparatory course” for HK. It makes sense given that our students are expected to take minimally 6 credits of skills courses (= 6 different skills) that they be comfortable moving their bodies in a variety of environments (in the gym, on the field, on the ice, etc.).
- It is also highly recommended that students visit our campus – formally or informally. You should be comfortable with the university you choose – NOT just for the academic learning you will engage in, but also for the social life you will be involved with. During this visit, speak with the Chair of the Department or another representative (perhaps the instructor of the first year required course) and perhaps you should sit in on a lecture.
- Although the thought may be that HK is just for athletes, it is not. Many of our students do NOT participate in sport – though are physically active in other ways.
Angela M. (Angie) Thompson, Human Kinetics, St. Francis Xavier University, and 3M National Teaching Fellow.
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