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

Our BA (Hons) PE in the Secondary Years is a three-year programme, specifically designed to provide you with the practical, professional and academic skills that are needed to prepare you for the workplace.

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

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

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.

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Where this can take you 

Former SU President: 

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

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Course content

BA (Hons) Physical Education in the Secondary Years is designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience and develop the core skills underpinning the teaching of physical education. The modular approach to this degree will enable you to develop an understanding of the science of pedagogy and understand the lifespan of athletic development of individuals who participate in sport activity. The course content will build on your existing knowledge of sport activity and provide the opportunity to develop a sound academic foundation on which students will build their teaching skills.

Our degree course is delivered on a modular basis covering academic and pedagogical studies. You will experience a variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures, group work, seminars, practical workshops and laboratory sessions. In addition, there is individual directed work leading to research and enquiry.

You are assigned an academic advisor who provides a personal link for the entire duration of your time on the course. 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 150 years’ experience of training top quality teachers which proves that we are among the best institutions in the country to train you. The modular approach to this degree will build on your existing knowledge and encourage you to explore and learn the art of teaching and sports coaching through a well-balanced diet of practical and theoretical activities.

Our ‘learn through doing’ philosophy is central to the course and our expert staff will engage you with a variety of dynamic and interactive approaches that encourage strong theory-to-practice links. You will spend a proportion of time on placement in school and, under the careful supervision of your personal academic advisor and professional workplace mentor, you will develop your skills in teaching.

For those wishing to progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), we offer progression routes on to the PGCE in Secondary PE. We also provide opportunities to train through School Direct.

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

Many students are committed to teaching Physical Education in a secondary school. It will provide a valuable degree qualification that will take you forward to your chosen career path including: PGCE leading to QTS (secondary age ranges)/School Direct/further degree qualification.

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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.

Our Adventure Education students undertake a placement year. You can find out more here.

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

The modules have been designed specifically to allow you to study and develop the skills set necessary for the teaching in the secondary school. Placement experiences in schools will provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in both professional areas. Modules will provide the opportunity to study developmental issues, sports science principles underpinning the teaching processes, pedagogical issues in the professional area. Modules will also tease out the needs of the teacher when working within the national curriculum and explore and develop awareness of current issues within professional practice.

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 in Physical Education (Make up Module)


Year 2

PE 2 - Inclusion  - 2 week Secondary Placement

Serial Placement

Routeway –

Sports and Exercise Psychology for Teachers and Coaches

Exercise, Sport and Human Physiology

Contemporary Issues in Sport and PE

Performance Analysis in Sports Coaching 

Games 2             

Games 3 

Research Methods 2    

Analysis of Human Performance and Pedagogical Skills in Adventure Education

Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching

Working with People     

Performance Analysis through Track and Field, and Swimming


Year 3

Research Methods 3 (Dissertation) 30 credits or Research Methods 4 (Dissertation) 45 credits

PE 4 – Professional Issues           

PE 3 - Coaching and Teaching Practical Applications

Games 4 PSC603              


Leadership and Management

Human Physiology: Training and Performance

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 Practical 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

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

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