Adapted Physical Activities and Health (APA) Degree

Course objectives and specificity

The course is designed to give students a solid training congruent with the contemporary transformations of sport and the evolution of scientific knowledge, techniques and practices in athletic training.

It also brings together physical practices and scientific teaching, and introduces the student to the motor skills and techniques to be mastered prior to managing and teaching physical activities adapted to temporarily or permanently impaired senior citizens.


Course overview

Course requirements are fulfilled by successful completion of a six semester program. Each semester is 250-300 hours (or 30 credits) strong. Each course semester is divided in teaching units (UE).

The degree is structured round 2 courses:

  • 1 Physical-activities and aging (VIEIL).
  • 2 Psychomotricity and Rehabilitation (PSYMOT).

Semesters 1 through 4 are common to all courses.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Lectures and seminars in social sciences, life sciences and human sciences.
  • Seminars and lab work in sporting, physical and artistic activities (APSA).
  • Methodological teaching and use of the various tools necessary to any scholarly work.
  • Teaching specifically suited to the student's personal career plans.
  • Initiation and information teaching on the perspectives of research.

The part specifically related to adapted physical activities and coursework includes:

  • Lectures and seminars in the fields of social, human and biological sciences, on the core individuals and their place in society, on the process and effects of aging, on the identification of the subjects with disabilities and  the effects of  physical training.
  • Lectures and seminars on physical and sporting activities related to these specific individuals.
  • Tools and languages fitted for specific physical activities.
  • Internships in the field of personalized physical activities.

In addition, students choose other classes (from a list provided by the school or on the students' demand, subject to staff acceptance) to go deeper in their major, further develop their cultural approach, or simply enrich their personal knowledge.

Compulsory internship:

Semesters 4 and 6 for all courses.


  • Some teachings include reinforcement in semester1 prerequisites.
  • Reinforcement in biology.
  • A number of optional credits are open to beginners (e.g. computer science)or offer general reinforcement and support
  • Information on career prospects provided on a regular basis; definition of the student career plan as early as semester 1; assessment and orientation in semesters 3 and 5.
  • Support between exam sessions. 


Ongoing studies and prospects

Preparing for  master's degrees at Paris-Sud University

  • Science of motricity (research degree: Physical practices or Motor control;       professional degree: Aging and handicap).
  • Sport science and society.
  • Preparing for professional degrees.
  • Recreation administration and policy of the city: structure and project management.
  • Fitness and related sport and leisure activities: team and project management.

Other prospects (other majors, Engineering Schools…) :

  • Instructor  in the territorial administration.
  • Psychomotricity schools.

Prerequisites and admission requirements

First year

Baccalauréat or its equivalent from an institution abroad