What is a STAPS license?

In 2022, 626,000 high school students enrolled in Parcoursup. More than 160,000 of them have opted for a STAPS license. In order to make an informed choice, the Student decodes the contents of the STAPS license for you.

The STAPS license is still just as appealing to high school students, but it’s also a selective degree. Like the other courses, the STAPS license is spread over six semesters (180 European credits). She testifies to acquiring a foundation of knowledge and skills in a multidisciplinary field. However, many high school students enroll in STAPS out of a passion for sports, without being sufficiently informed or prepared for these university studies.

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With a STAPS license, sports in the background

Several beliefs are still rooted in the minds of families about the STAPS license: The license would only accept high-level athletes because most of the time would be spent on sports; and the studies would lead to the exercise of one profession: that of a gym teacher. Still…

To access the STAPS license, the sporting level is one of the parameters, at the same level as scientific, literary and sports animation skills† Once in the first year of the STAPS license, sport does not take up the majority of the lesson volume. “Students will above all be able to acquire a fine, intellectual and cultural knowledge of sports in general. The aim is to teach sports”, underlines Guillaume Richard, responsible for the 3 STAPS license specialized in sports management at the UPHF ( Polytechnic University of Hauts -de-France).

The freshman classes are held in an amphitheater, often from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with hundreds of students. Many are disappointed, ill-prepared or insufficiently informed in the first semester.

In addition, the STAPS license opens until: other sectors of activity such as sports management, events (organization of sporting events – including e-sports which are becoming increasingly popular –), assistance to the elderly or disabled, etc.

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How are the STAPS bachelor’s programs organised?

The STAPS license lasts for three years and the knowledge is assessed in continuous assessment and through partial courses at the end of each semester. The first year of the bachelor’s degree, which is very general, serves as a common ground and aims to provide the students with a theoretical culture around the sports field. The subjects are varied: psychology, anatomy/functional anatomy, physiology, social and cultural history of sport, myology, arthrology/osteology, anthropology, sociology of leisure, analysis of the body in motion, etc. forgotten (digital and communication tools, English…).

Depending on the university, TD (directed work) and TP (practical work) appear in the first, second or third year. Sports practice has increased in the past three years or has remained the same in the past three years. In Valenciennes, for example, Guillaume Richard points out that “in the third year students choose four sports practices: two in the first semester and two in the second semester”.

In the second year, students choose a specialty whose teaching represents approximately 40% of the total hourly volume. In the third year, these courses reach almost 80% of the total in semester 5, then 100% in semester 6.

Possible specializations in STAPS license

The STAPS license comes with five possible specializations. But be aware, they are not available at all universities, so inform yourself well when choosing your orientation.

The Specialty APAS (Adapted Physical Activity and Health) provides the skills necessary to participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of prevention, rehabilitation and/or integration programs through Adapted Physical Activity (APA) for people with disabilities in the broad sense (motor , sensory, mental or even social deficiencies ) or a chronic illness (obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, etc.).

The special education and motor skills develops skills to teach sports and artistic physical activities in primary or secondary school.

The specialty sports training enables different target groups. Opportunities mainly lie in the professional context of clubs, federations, training centers or physical rehabilitation. The professions revolve around mental preparation, achievement, designing training programs based on an accurate diagnosis.

The special ergonomics and engine performance leads to work on the improvement of sports equipment and the optimization of the athlete’s performance.

The sports management specialty training in professions related to the management of small and medium-sized structures or to participation in the management of larger organizations either in sports associations or in sports event agencies or in community structures.

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Take an L.AS STAPS to Participate in Health Studies

For those interested in health studies, know that the STAPS license is also: a path to physical therapy studies. Admission takes place through competition after a validated first year of STAPS. Some universities have partnered with physio schools to give certain students access to this sector, such as in Montpellier. †This agreement currently allows 20 STAPS students – who have been selected – to attend physiotherapy schoolspecifies Christelle Koechlin-Ramonatxo, teacher and education manager of the L.AS and physiotherapy courses at the UFR of STAPS.

But doing an L.AS STAPS is also a way to participate in MMOP studies (medicine, maieutics, dentistry, pharmacy)† Students enrolled in this option take both STAPS undergraduate courses and minor health courses. To be in with a chance of taking part in the second year of health studies, you absolutely need to validate the entire EU.

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The requirements for entering a STAPS license

To integrate a STAPS license, you must register on Parcoursup. The programs are looking for versatile, curious students with a sporty culture. “A good STAPS student profile is someone with experience in sports and animation, but who also gets good grades in other subjects. This shows a dynamism, motivation and curiosity for all kinds of knowledge and fields. The student should not forget that our training is multidisciplinary and that’s what makes them so rich,” Christelle Koechlin-Ramonatxo sums up.

Guillaume Richard adds: “You have to be working, independent, strict and disciplined. Often high school students arriving at college don’t know how to take notes and aren’t used to listening to lectures for two or three hours. You have to be prepared for the academic world.”