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BA (Hons) Physical Education (PE) and Sports Coaching


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Institution C58


3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Level: BBC - CCC


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or better

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Yes. Applicants who demonstrate relevant experience and / or understanding, as well as commitment to and enthusiasm for, the profession may receive a lower (grades) offer.

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

"I chose to study Physical Education and Sports Coaching as it allowed me to learn both aspects to aid in my future in teaching and coaching. The University is one of the best for teaching degrees and I knew that this would be the best option for me. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the University is the culture; we are one big family - we are WSIHE*. The most enjoyable parts of the course are the many practicals we take part in and the PESC (Physical Education and Sports Coaching) games at the end of the year. This gives all year groups the opportunity to socialise and compete against each other."

*WSIHE stands for West Sussex Institute of Higher Education. It's the former name of the University before it was granted university status.

Course content

Our BA (Hons) PE and Sports Coaching is a programme designed to provide you with the practical, professional and academic skills that are needed to prepare you for the workplace. You will have the opportunity to experience and develop the core skills underpinning the teaching of physical education and the coaching of sports activities as well as examining the similarities and differences between the two. The modular approach to this degree will build on your existing knowledge and encourage you to explore and learn all about teaching and sports' coaching through a well balanced diet of practical and theoretical activities. You will develop an understanding of the lifespan of athletic development of individuals who participate in sport activity, from early childhood fun to elite performance. The course content will build on your existing knowledge of sport activity and provide the opportunity to develop a sound academic foundation on which you will build your teaching and coaching skills.

The world of sport and physical activity is currently a very dynamic and exciting one, with a number of different career opportunities opening up across a range of activities and age groups. If you have an interest in both Physical Education and Sports Coaching and recognise that the quality of delivery in either context will have a powerful influence on participants at all levels of performance then study Physical Education and Sports Coaching at Chichester and be part of that ever changing and developing process.

The course is about developing:

  • Professional knowledge and understanding of the theoretical subject material underpinning the teaching and coaching process
  • Knowledge and understanding of developmental aspects of the child and developing young adult, specifically within a physical activity context
  • Professional attributes such as communication, team work, building positive relationships and enhancing personal performance
  • Professional skills in planning, assessment and management

You will experience a variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures, group work, seminars, practical workshops and laboratory sessions.

Your own personal expertise and experience is valued to enhance the overall learning of the whole group supplementing the formal University input. We have over 180 years’ experience of training top quality teachers, so you will be in the best of hands.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.


  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court

Two seminar rooms
Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

Graduate view:

Kostas, PE Teacher

"The University of Chichester is considered to be one of the best universities in the field of PE. Moreover, the teaching environment is perfect as well as the quality of the staff and facilities. As an International student I was looking for a small university with a friendly environment in order to be able to adapt easier. I really enjoyed the friendly environment, the facilities and the University teams/clubs. One of the best sporting experiences I ever had! On the course I most enjoyed the variety of sports we looked at, the small classes, the organisation of the course, as well as the passion of the teaching staff. They were always there to assist if needed."


The primary aim of this programme is to train you to work professionally with people in a sporting context. 

This programme is well suited to be followed by teacher training such as PGCE, SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) or School Direct. Graduates of this programme have gone on to teach in a broad range of settings including primary and secondary schools in both the state and private sector, as well as both Further Education (colleges) and Higher Education (universities) institutions.

Sports Coaching is another obvious choice and graduates have both established and joined coaching businesses. Others have worked with charities to provide sporting opportunities to people around the world.

There is a solid academic component to the course which can also allow you to continue into postgraduate studies (see below for our options). Continuation of studies into education and teaching have also been pursued by many of our graduates with a Master’s in Education or Sports Pedagogy.  Doctorate level study is also an option. This involves in-depth research into an area of interest and may include any aspect of coaching and teaching and/or an active and healthy lifestyle.

As the programme works to develop communication, confidence and professionalism, these skills put you in a strong position to apply for a broad range of graduate positions.  This might include the police, military, or other types of people management.

Many students remain undecided about whether they want to teach Physical Education or coach. What they do know is that they are committed to following a career in sport and physical activity.

This degree provides the opportunity for an in depth insight into both approaches whilst delaying a final decision until more informed, it will provide a valuable degree qualification that will take you forward in whichever career you choose in the future.

  • NGB Coach Education
  • GTP (Sec/Primary)
  • Club/Professional Sports Coach
  • Further Degree qualification
  • Private Fitness/Coaching companies
  • County sports partnerships
  • Competition Manager

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Prospects Teaching Pages

Prospects teaching pages are really useful. They include details of every LEA in the UK.

Local Education Authorities

  • West Sussex
  • East Sussex
  • Hampshire
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Surrey
  • Schools in England and Wales

Postgraduate level courses:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • PGCE Primary leading to QTS
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education leading to QTS
  • School Direct
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

*Subject to approval​

Work placements

The course includes the opportunity for three placements based around physical education and sports coaching.  The typical diet includes one placement in a primary school, another in a secondary school and a third in a professional coaching environment.  The length of these are two weeks in Year One, two weeks in Year Two and completion of 10 hours of coaching or teaching in Year Three. There is an optional module in which you might do an additional week’s placement in Year Two. 

Some of the coaching placements locations are students have been to include:

  • Albion in the Community
  • Chi City FC
  • Everyone Active Chichester
  • Guernsey Cricket Board
  • West Midlands Performance Centre

Increase your employability – here’s what our students had to say.

‘The use of placements really enhanced my CV.’

‘Great real life experiences through placement.’

‘Good range of teaching placements within a variety of schools.’

‘It massively improved my ability and confidence to teach a wide range of sports through great experience in placements and lectures during my time here.’

Placements Office

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas.

Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement.

Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started.

Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Co-ordinator please email Clare Deacon or tel: 01243 793542

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One

Aesthetic and creative movement – Gymnastics and Dance

This module aims to analyse in detail movement related to gymnastics and dance. The nature of gymnastics will be examined and you will explore gymnastics in its broadest sense developing knowledge, understanding and experience within elements identified as Formal, Educational, Sporting and Rhythmic. Models of analysis such as Laban's, as well as the application of biomechanical principles, will be used in the evaluation of gymnastic performance. Within dance the aim is to explore dance composition, performance and appreciation and develop your understanding and awareness of a variety of dance styles. In both gymnastics and dance, performance skills will be developed and refined. 

Games 1 – Primary Games and Invasion Games (Football, Basketball, Rugby)

An analysis of strategies and tactics will be at the core of this module. Emphasis will be on the progression of tasks. There will be a focus on building up the games from initial experience level from small sided games. You will be involved in an appropriate examination of positional requirements, techniques, skills and principles of play in the major games of rugby football, hockey, netball, soccer, basketball and handball. Within the context of these games the focus will be upon improving techniques, developing skills and combining the understanding and skills through relevant practical situations.

Foundations of PE – Preparing for school placement

The module aims to provide a professional foundation for the activity specific modules and the block primary experience which follow. It will prepare you to not only be competent within the field, but also continue to think critically about your teaching and coaching, endeavouring to develop and refine your teaching and coaching skills. It seeks to develop an appreciation of the pedagogical skills and knowledge that teachers and coaches need to support effective learning with an awareness of physical literacy. 

Introduction to Performance Analysis – Analysing sports performance

Performance analysis is a growing area within physical education and sports coaching. Being able to observe and analyse performance successfully is a crucial aspect of the teaching and coaching process. This module will provide you with a theoretical framework through which sporting performance might be analysed. Students will explore the use of video for analysing and assessing performance from a qualitative perspective. Students will also be introduced to notational analysis and its potential role in providing objective data for teachers, coaches and performers. Through practical experiences and workshops students will develop their understanding of how to analyse movement and ways in which performance can be developed.

Motor Learning and Development – Learning to teach Fundamental Movement Skills

This module will examine the acquisition and performance of sport skills with a particular focus on their learning and development. Information Processing Theory (IPT) will be examined with respect to perception, memory, reaction time, anticipation, decision making and efferent organisation. The basics of Ecological Psychology will also be presented and comparisons/conflicts with IPT will be explored and evaluated. You will be introduced to the processes involved with field work in psychology including the construction and procedures involved with laboratory work and data collection/ management. 

Introduction to Sociology of Sport – Sport in Society

This module will examine the place of sport in society and explore how individuals are socialised into sporting activity. The relationship between social stratification, sports participation and curriculum content will also be explored. 

Human Physiology, Exercise and Health – The role of exercise in the health of the developing child

This module will introduce key physiological concepts relating to the disease states explored primarily a range of life-style associated diseases including; obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma. Measures of fitness and health assessment and lifestyle intervention strategies will be considered with regards to their usefulness with different population groups. The exercise needs of young people and adults shall be addressed along with the implications of health and disease on the role of exercise physiologists and physical educators. 

Research methods 1 – Learning research and enquiry skills

The module commences by challenging your understanding of research, holistically and in the context of physical education and sports coaching. An understanding of the research process and theoretical concepts relating to the research question will provide a backdrop for the development of an applied knowledge of research methodology. 

Placement: You will complete a two week placement in a school

Year Two

Core modules:

Games 2 – Invasion Games (Netball and Handball)

You will analyse the nature of individual, unit and team performance engaging in a deeper understanding of principles of play and providing insights into effective movement in a games context. You will be taught how to effectively plan, teach/coach and evaluate the teaching of invasion games. You will be involved in an appropriate examination of positional requirements, techniques, skills and principles of play in three of the major games from - rugby, hockey, netball, football, basketball and handball. Within the context of these games the focus will be upon improving techniques, developing skills and combining the understanding and skills through relevant practical situations.

Inclusive Physical Education – Inclusion Festival

The module aims to provide a professional foundation for the subject specific modules and the experiences which follow. It will prepare you to not only be competent within the field, but also continue to think critically about your teaching and coaching, endeavouring to develop and refine your delivery skills. 

Working with People – Psychology of Physical Education

This module covers a range of SP principles including motivation, self and collective efficacy, attributional retraining, group cohesion, exercise adherence, the nature of pressure and anxiety. The MST element will investigate the role of imagery, pre/post performance routines, concentration skills, coping with anxiety, performance profiling and goal setting.

Performance Analysis in Sports Coaching – Analysing tactical performance

(Module information to come) 

Research methods 2 – Student-led research projects in PE

You will be encouraged to find and explore your own research `problem' assisted by tutor led lectures and seminars and individual supervision from a designated tutor. You will gain experience of conducting research within an area of personal interest (pedagogy, physiology, psychology, biomechanics, sociology, the coaching process etc), develop an appropriate methodology to collect data (quantitative, qualitative or mixed design) and utilise an effective analysis tool through which to best present findings (descriptive and inferential statistics, grounded theory, content analysis etc). It will explore the theories underpinning research and will address ethical issues relating to such work. 

Exercise, Sport and Human Physiology – Measuring physiological responses to exercise

This module will include a review and build on the core concepts of homeostasis and adaptation of physiological systems to exercise from Year One. It will also include a critical review of the current body of knowledge considering the role of exercise in disease prevention and reduction across the population (ages, sexes, genetic clusters). 

Coaching practice – Understanding the processes of coaching

This module provides you with the opportunity to extend your knowledge and understanding of practice structure and application to coaching. Teaching/coaching and leadership styles will be examined to support the delivery of different practice modes and the differing needs of participation versus performance contexts will be explored.

  • Specialist option: You will choose ONE of these:

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities in PE – Including residential field trip

This module will outline how the participation in adventure-based activity can contribute to improved health. It will highlight the rise of modern chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease and demonstrate the positive influence that physical activity has on these disease states. Currently the use of adventure therapy as a therapy has only been investigated in small and select groups of individuals. This module will develop on this evidence and provide practical suggestions for tailoring adventure programmes for adults and or children for whom the lack of physical activity and nature deficiency resulted in ill health.

Reflective practice – Including further teaching/ coaching placement

This module aims to provide an opportunity to identify and develop specialist areas of interest. You will be required to develop skills in introspection, reflection and reflective practice drawing upon theoretical concepts relating to pedagogy of sport and education. You will critically evaluate literature in order to observe, analysis and critically evaluate professional practice within a context of your choice and agree a suitable programme of work within a professional context of your choosing. This will involve you immersing yourself in the culture and practices of this working environment and would ideally include a residential experience.

Games 3 – Striking and Fielding (Cricket, Softball, Rounders, Volleyball, Racket sports)

An in-depth analysis based on biomechanical efficiency, physiological demands and psychological perspectives of the movements / skills relevant to a range of games to include:

Striking & Fielding: Cricket, Stoolball, Rounders, Baseball, Softball

Net & Wall Games: Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball

There will be an opportunity to improve techniques and develop skills through analysis and micro teaching / coaching. The module will develop your awareness of appropriate teaching / coaching strategies and will focus on effective planning and constructive evaluation.

Performance Analysis – Athletics and Swimming

This module allows you  to develop your subject knowledge through in depth analysis of the activities in track and field athletics, swimming and associated aquatic activities. Biomechanical efficiency and physiological demands of the movements/skills will be considered along with the opportunity to improve techniques. The module will also develop your awareness of appropriate teaching/coaching strategies and will focus on effective planning, aspects of organisation and safety and constructive evaluation.

Placement: You will complete a two week placement in a school

Year Three

Core modules:

Theoretical and Practical Sports Pedagogy – Including personalised placement

This module will involve you working within the University and at a work placement. You are encouraged to utilise an element of choice (primary teaching, secondary teaching or sports coaching) as to the population and context that you work within to reflect your developing aspirations and enhance your preparation for appropriate exit routes. For the theoretical element of the module you will focus on pedagogical issues of teaching/coaching theoretical content. The theoretical section will consider current and on-going pedagogical issues such as identification of appropriate intended learning outcomes; development and progression within and between lessons/sessions, planning for differentiation and using a variety of teaching styles to suit. For the practical element of the module you will focus on pedagogical issues of teaching/coaching within a practical environment during micro-teaching/coaching sessions at the University and work placement. 

PE 3 – Coaching and teaching practical applications (including practical teaching assessment)

Increasing depth of knowledge both within the activity and within the pedagogical skills required to work at higher levels will be explored such as work intensity, development of problem solving skills within the peer group and use of differentiation within the range of coaching/teaching methods utilised. Decision training will be explored further along with the use of questioning skills to enhance the coach-athlete, teacher-pupil relationship. 

PE 4 – Professional Issues for Teachers and Coaches

The module covers a variety of current issues which impact on the role of both the Physical Education teacher and professional coach. The work of National Governing Bodies of Sport and national organisations such as Sports Coach UK will be examined in the context of the professionalisation of the role of the coach. Coaching and the Law, Ethical issues, coach education and the implications on the future role of coaches within education and community settings will be critically evaluated. The effect of Government policy on the delivery of physical education and school sport will underpin much of the investigative research. New National Curriculum guidelines and the legacy of previous government strategies, PESSCL and PESSYP, alongside the alternatives to ECM and Healthy Schools will provide up to date critical argument.

Research methods – Dissertation

During tutored sessions you will identify a question or challenge from the field of physical education or sports coaching and in consultation with your tutor in order to address one of the following challenges:

  • A piece of research; generate a question, select appropriate methods, generate data and critically evaluate outcomes.
  • An aesthetic practical; generate a challenge, select appropriate methods, generate a presentation and critically evaluate the outcomes.
  • Pedagogical analysis; generate a challenge relating to learning within a coaching or teaching context, select appropriate methods, generate an analysis of process and development and critically evaluate outcomes.
  • Performance enhancement; generate a challenge relating to performance within a physiological or performance analysis context, select appropriate methods, generate an analysis of process and development and critically evaluate outcomes.
  • Literature or media based analysis; generate a question, select appropriate methods, gather data and critically evaluate outcomes.
  • Human Physiology - either Training and Performance or Children’s Exercise and Health

The module covers a variety of physiological aspects which impact on exercising and sporting performance such as ergogenic aids, trainability and the environment. It critically reviews methods of analysing performance and considers the use of these tests in both a school and professional athlete setting. Consideration of the use and application of this knowledge for a teacher of Physical Education and a professional coach will serve to put the information and skills into context.

Psychological aspects of working with team and individuals

Group effectiveness will be critically examined including competition preparation, selection and the management of the benchwarmers. Assessment of group needs and the development of training programmes are explored to support performance enhancement from a technical, tactical, physical and mental perspective. The planned provision of mental skills training will be specifically examined and the role of the coach/teacher versus the sport psychologist will be debated with a specific focus on the use of concentration, imagery skills and pre-performance routines. 

  • Specialist option: You will choose ONE of these modules:

Games 4 – Invasion games at Key Stage 4 and 5 (Football, Rugby, Basketball, Handball, Netball)

You will be taught how to plan, teach and evaluate the teaching/coaching of Invasion Games effectively, principally focusing on the Key Stage 4 age range and beyond. Of interest will be the differences in teaching style, content, organisation, and management of the examination based curriculum, paying particular attention to the additional practical requirements, links between theory and practical and the role of officials, players and coaches when improving performance. 

Aesthetic and creative movement - Teaching further Gymnastics

Work within this gymnastics module will follow three strands focusing on performance, contextual and theoretical aspects. The performance strand will enable you to develop and refine increasingly demanding gymnastics skills and techniques on the floor and on a range of apparatus. You will work with peers, taking on the role of coach to develop your practical performance within a context of your choice. Through this you will gain experience of planning, delivering, monitoring and reviewing individual coaching sessions. 

Through the contextual strand ways in which movement can be developed within a variety of established and contemporary gymnastic styles and disciplines, for example, rhythmic, sports acrobatics, display, trampolining, cheerleading, will be explored. You will develop knowledge and understanding of choreographic principles and their application in the consideration of individual, pair and group sequence construction. With particular reference to safety considerations within gymnastics, work on apparatus and the theory and practice of supporting techniques for floor and apparatus skills will be fully explored.

The theoretical strand will explore the material of gymnastics within a range of styles and disciplines. Consideration will be given to frameworks for the observation and analysis of performance and to gymnastics within a cultural context. Choreographic principles will be established and the aesthetic nature of gymnastics will be addressed . Training requirements for enhanced performance will be explored.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

This is a very practical based course with a great deal of opportunity to both play, teach and coach a range of sporting activities.

Students will be taught in a broad range of ways using a range of teaching styles and environments.  Practical sport, lectures, seminars, physiology laboratories are some of the most common teaching settings.  There is a large emphasis on the development of the individual, so that they will grow to not only understand the processes of teaching and learning, but be able to communicate them and impact on others in a meaningful way.

Assessments work to provide a good balance between allowing depth and breadth of development and demonstration. They may be presented in written format such as essays, lesson or coaching plans, research reports, risk assessments or development plans. Other aspects may be presented in other ways; coaching and teaching, presenting speeches, debates or vlogs.  Our staff will support students to meet the assessment criteria in a way that best supports their needs.

Additional Costs

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Tips for applying

Personal Statement

  • Personal sporting expertise – sell yourself!
  • Relevant experience working with children (coaching, teaching, leadership etc).
  • Transferable skills gained from A Level/BTEC courses, work experience, etc
  • Personal qualities, interests relevant to teaching profession

Interview Process