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BA (Hons) Physical Education (PE) in the Primary Years

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Where this can take you 

Alumus profile: Marc Slowey

"I came to the University of Chichester as someone who was shy and reserved. My university experience develped my confidence and empowered me to represent the study body at this inspiring institution." 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 112 – 128 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDD - DMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C 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

Evie Westerby
I love studying here because I believe that Chichester really gives students opportunities and resources to advance and enhance their own learning experiences. Although it's a small university, it has a close knit friendly atmosphere which makes you feel comfortable.

Course content

The primary physical education course has a practical focus with a balanced academic underpinning that is developed through an extensive range of practical activities and theoretical concepts. In addition we provide opportunities to develop skills in applied settings guided by experienced professionals. This is facilitated through our extensive PE schools’ partnership.

The PE in the Primary Years degree allows students to apply theory to practice by working with children in a variety of contexts throughout their degree programme, including festivals and learning alongside primary teachers in one of our partnership schools.

Many primary teachers with an undergraduate specialism in physical education go on to become a subject leader. This course aims to introduce students to this changing role and in doing so identify the key skills and attributes associated with good leadership in education. 

Our graduates will have a thorough understanding of the pedagogy, psychology and physiology of primary physical education and will be well prepared to transfer their knowledge and skills onto a PGCE in primary education. We want to train employable professionals who can get out there and make a difference. Is this you?

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  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. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

Varied teaching and learning environments integrated with creative assessments provide students with an engaging and relevant programme that may facilitate progression into a career working with children or other educational settings.

The Physical Education in the Primary Years degree has a practical focus with a balanced academic underpinning that is developed through an extensive range of practical activities and theoretical concepts.

In addition we provide opportunities to develop skills in applied settings guided by experienced professionals. This is facilitated through our extensive PE schools' partnership.

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.

  • PGCE leading to QTS;
  • 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

Work placements

Placements opportunities are available on most programmes within the Chichester Institute of Sport which provide you with a strong vocational focus.

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

‘The use of placements really enhanced my CV.’

‘The placement year is a good part of the course.’

‘The opportunities provided by the department through residentials and our placement year allowed me to grow and develop both personally and professionally, and allowed me to gain accurate insight into life after university.’

‘The placement year provides the opportunity to put theory into practice in the real world context. It was really beneficial to me as it allowed me to explore the other side of the world. I came back feeling more confident in myself. Having a placement year was a really valuable experience.’

‘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 1

Aesthetic and Creative Movement 1

Games 1

PE 1- Foundations of PE  - Including 2 week primary placement

Introduction to Performance Analysis in PE and Sport

Motor Learning and Development 

Introduction to the Sociology of Sport and PE

Independent Project (Make up Module)


Year 2

PE 2 - Inclusion  - 2 week early years  or secondary placement

Serial placement             

Sports and Exercise Psychology for Teachers and Coaches

Exercise, Sport and Human Physiology

Contemporary  Issues in Sport and PE

Performance Analysis in Sport Coaching

Working with People     

Professional Issues – Learning and Teaching in Primary PE

Research Methods  2    

Outdoor Learning; Woodland and Beach Education

Games 3             

Performance Analysis Through Track and Field, and Swimming


Year 3

Research Methods 3 (Dissertation) or Research Methods 4 (Dissertation)           

PE 4 – Professional Issues           

Professional Issues – The Role of the Subject Leader

Games: A Tactical or Traditional Approach?         


Leadership and Management

Children’s Exercise and Health

Comparative and International Issues in the Sociology of Sport and PE

Applied Biomechanics   

Specialist Option

OAA within Education

Aesthetic and Creative Movement - Dance

Aesthetic and Creative Movement - Gymnastics 

Theoretical and Practicable Sports Pedagogy with bespoke serial placement


International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules and through organised placements.

Your learning encompasses development of your knowledge of all the PE activity areas and the related skills necessary to understand how to teach or coach each activity.

Learning is supported by theoretical inquiry and debate, to provide you with the ability to contextualise your learning within academic frameworks.

Throughout your degree, modules are delivered in a variety of ways including:

  • Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples
  • Double / triple module: A double or triple module (30 or 45 credits normally) is spread over level 6 and is your final independent project.
  • Long thin module: A standard module can be spread over two semesters (15 credits normally) example: the bespoke placement module in level 6
  • Theory option modules:  you will be asked to select a theoretical module of your choice in level 5 and 6 example: sociology
  • Practical option modules: you will be asked to select a practical option in level 5 and 6 example: Games or Gymnastics in level 6.
  • Practical modules: the vast majority of the modules you take will involve some form of practical work either in a laboratory, sports field or coaching / teaching environment.
  • Seminars: the vast majority of our theory modules have seminar groups which include more informal discussions of the relevant topic.
  • Laboratory work: supports many of the theory based lectures. These are practical and allow you to put theory into practice.

Additional Costs

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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

  • A short practical task focusing on fundamental movement skills.
  • A practical teaching task.
  • A formal interview.