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


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

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 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

• Professional Issues in Coaching and Teaching 

• Knowledge and Understanding of Individual Activities (Aesthetics) 

• Foundations of Movement and Principles of Games 

• Principles of Play Through Invasion Games 

• Fundamental Movement Skills and Child Development 

• Active Schools 

• The Enquiring Practitioner 1 

• Developing Professional and Academic Skills 

Year Two

• Pedagogy for Activity 

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

• Option Group B: Muscles and Movement – Anatomy in Motion 

• Option Group B: Working with Individuals

• Factors Affecting Performance 

• Understanding and Managing Individual Differences 

• Option Group A: Pedagogy of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities 

• Option Group A: Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching 

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

• Option Group B: Fundamentals of Human Physiology 

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

• Coaching Practice and Delivery 

• The Enquiring Practitioner 2

Year Three

• The Research Dissertation 

• Active Schools: Mental Health and Well-being 

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

• Option Group C: Classroom Pedagogy 

• Factors Enhancing Performance 

• Option Group C: Practical Applications for Coaching and Teaching 

• Option Group C: Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise 

• Option Group C: Teaching Approaches and Behaviours in Invasion Games 

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

• Option Group B: Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance 

• Option Group A: Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring 

• Option Group B: Working with Teams 

• Option Group A: Adapting Coaching in Difference Contexts 

• Practical Pedagogy (Placement)


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

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

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