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


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
for teaching quality
for student satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

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.


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

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

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.



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

  • This course achieved a 100% student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020)
  • 15th for student satisfaction (Guardian Subject League Table 2021)

This course is for those of you who love sport, it has made your life better and you want to make other people's lives better through sport, but you're not sure if you want to go down the teaching route, coaching route, or something in between.

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, teamwork, 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.

There is the option to study abroad in Europe at one of our partner universities.

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 astroturf 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

Getting a Teaching Job - Annual AGCAS Publication

AGCAS's Getting a Teaching Job is a brilliant guide. It is available on the Prospects website and includes detailed advice on writing personal statements, a variety of teacher CV examples and everything you need to know about interviews.

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

Indicative modules

Year One

Professional Issues in Coaching and Teaching 

This module aims to address contemporary topics relating to the professional issues surrounding teaching and coaching whilst exploring and debating current developments in both professions.

Knowledge and Understanding of Individual Activities (Aesthetics) 

This module aims to analyse in detail movement related to gymnastics and dance. You will explore gymnastics in its broadest sense within elements identified as Formal, Educational, Sporting and Rhythmic. The application of biomechanical principles, including Laban technique, will be used in the evaluation of gymnastic and dance performance. Within dance, the aim is to explore dance composition, performance and appreciation.

Foundations of Movement and Principles of Games 

Explore the teaching of games with a developmental focus. You will learn to break down simple skills into key components to help children learn and understand. 

Principles of Play Through Invasion Games 

You will participate in a range of practical sessions that will examine attacking and defensive principles of play, and analyse the technical and tactical aspects of performance when applying different principles of play to invasion games.

Fundamental Movement Skills and Child Development 

This module aims to develop your knowledge of fundamental movement skills (FMS) and child maturation. Emphasis will be placed on how Physical Education teachers and sport coaches facilitate developmentally appropriate pedagogy.

Active Schools 

Explore the issues surrounding Physical Education and its role in the health and activity agenda.  Consideration of personal and social barriers and facilitators within and outside the school environment will also be given.

The Enquiring Practitioner 1

The aim of the module is to develop an enquiring mind and is designed to steadily build knowledge and understanding of research and enquiry in physical education and sports pedagogy.  The module will apply research and enquiry to real-life lived experiences that are associated with graduate destinations.

Developing Professional and Academic Skills 

This module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four (Year One at university) by advancing intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. As part of the developing professional skills part of this module you will focus on issues surrounding employability and developing graduate employability skills. 

Year Two

Pedagogy for Activity 

This module aims to further your understanding as to the ‘why’ surrounding physical activity through Physical Education. You will develop your knowledge and personal philosophy as to what you believe you want to deliver, how, and why, in accordance with school and Governmental policies. 

Option Group A: Striking and Fielding/Net and Wall Games 

While learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance.

Option Group B: Muscles and Movement – Anatomy in Motion 

An introduction to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You are shown how such concepts can be practically investigated and will illustrate the integrative nature of anatomy and biomechanics.

Option Group B: Working with Individuals

This module focuses on the multi-faceted process of the coach-athlete and teacher-pupil relationship. Drawing on contemporary psychological research which places this relationship at the centre of athlete and pupil development, this module will explore the sources, nature, and synthesis of sports specific and psychological theory and its application in the development of sporting competence in athletes and pupils.

Factors Affecting Performance 

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of sports performance pertinent for coaches. You may examine the demands of sporting performance, from a psychological and physiological standpoint, while also considering the influence of biomechanics on fundamental sporting movements

Understanding and Managing Individual Differences 

Build on your understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice.

Option Group A: Pedagogy of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 

Through theoretical, practical, and residential experiences the module seeks to provide you with an understanding of the activities that are implicit to the programme and an appreciation of the principles that underpin outdoor learning more generically. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities at KS3/KS4.

Option Group A: Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching 

This module aims to provide an opportunity to select 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 agree a suitable programme of work within a professional context of your choice which will involve you immersing yourselves in the culture and practices of this working environment.

Option Group A: Pedagogical Skills in Track & Field Athletics and Swimming 

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding, and personal performance of track and field athletics events and swimming strokes. You may have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and understanding of technical aspects, by planning and leading small group sessions.

Option Group B: Fundamentals of Human Physiology 

You will cover the fundamental principles of Human Physiology by examining how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance.

Option Group B: Critical Issues in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 

Coaching Practice and Delivery 

The module introduces various evidence-based and interdisciplinary practices and requires you to apply these practices in real world coaching. This is achieved via peer coaching in taught practical sessions, and during the coaching placement hours (normally 50) required across the duration of the module. 

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding from The Enquiring Practitioner 1 and help prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will conceive of, plan and execute small-scale research. The aim of this ‘dress rehearsal’ is to develop your appreciation of the project management aspect of the research process.

Year Three

The Research Dissertation 

This module is the culmination of previous learning and is the major element of your independent enquiry on your programme.  The module requires that students reflect on, and utilise the knowledge base, context, and application of taught modules, as well as placement experiences. It is designed to encourage you to generate and explore your own `problem' assisted by supervision from a tutor. 

Active Schools: Mental Health and Wellbeing 

The module aims to analyse the contribution of sport and physical activity to mental health and wellbeing. The influence of the role of teachers/coaches and pedagogical practice on the growing and developing brain will be examined. 

Option Group C: Off-Site Educational Trips for Outdoor Learning 

This module aims to use a residential experience at an outdoor centre to explore the application of different Outdoor and Adventurous Activities teaching methods to fulfill a range of pupil needs.

Option Group C: Classroom Pedagogy 

This module will use a series of lectures and workshops to explore curricula employed in classroom teaching such as the National Curriculum, GCSE PE, BTEC Sport, and A-level PE to consider how schemes of work and lesson plans are developed for delivery in school and college classrooms.

Factors Enhancing Performance 

This module aims to build on the knowledge and understanding gained from “Factors Affecting Performance”, specifically the multidisciplinary nature of sports performance. Having identified the demands placed on the athlete, you may now examine ways of enhancing performance by integrating some well-established principles of psychology, biomechanics, and physiology. 

Option Group C: Practical Applications in Coaching and Teaching 

This module aims to provide you with blended learning opportunities via university-based work that develops and enhances depth of knowledge when working practically with performers. It is aimed to run concurrently with the Practical Pedagogy (Placement) module so that you can apply theory to the practical coaching and teaching environments within your micro sessions and placement context.

Option Group C: Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise 

The emphasis will be on the application of biomechanics in the assessment, evaluation, and improvement of technique in a range of sports. Practical experiences will include the role of biomechanical kinetic and kinematic assessment in the analysis of sport and the ways we can use technology to aid our understanding of complex skills. 

Option Group C: Teaching Approaches and Behaviours in Invasion Games 

You will have the opportunity to lead practical sessions with a focus on a particular teaching approach. You will need to critically reflect on the different teaching approaches and how the pedagogical behaviours influence performance and learning within these approaches. 

Option Group B: Applied Social Issues in Physical Education and Sports Coaching 

Option Group B: Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance 

Focus on planning and monitoring the training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them. 

Option Group A: Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring 

Critically examine the methods and processes through which coaches learn and develop. The module will embed theories of learning and critically explore philosophies of education as they relate to the development of competent sports coaches.  

Option Group B: Working with Teams 

This module focuses on the requirements of effective coaching delivery within groups and teams. Building on the content of Working with Individuals, this module will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in your planning and delivery. 

Option Group A: Adapting Coaching in Difference Contexts 

This module aims to extend student coaching experience across a range of coaching contexts and develop expertise within less familiar sporting activities and types of groups. You will explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports.

Practical Pedagogy (Placement)

An opportunity to experience a placement within a practical setting. This module aims to develop and refine pedagogical skills so that you can enhance pupil/performer progress and learning within a practical environment.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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

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