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BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years)

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Course Length:

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

"Being on Physical Education in the Primary Years has given me the subject knowledge to confidently deliver an effective PE lesson to primary age children. The various modules have allowed me to develop my confidence in teaching and to progress onto the primary PGCE where the skills and knowledge I learnt on the primary route-way are transferred into teaching across the curriculum every day. "

Course content

The BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years) 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 BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years) degree allows you to apply theory to practice by working with children in a variety of contexts throughout your degree programme including delivering sessions in schools, organising 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 you 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. We want to train employable professionals who can get out there and make a difference. Is this you?

Where this can take you

Graduate view:

Ellie holding football outside

Ellie, progressed to PGCE Primary

"The three years training on PE in the Primary Years has taught me the fundamental skills to enable me to have the knowledge for my PGCE. It has given me the confidence to take on new challenges and learn a variety of teaching skills I didn't think was possible. It has been a valuable three years and has started me in the right direction for my career in teaching. "


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.

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 (Primary/Secondary). Our students are guaranteed an interview on the PGCE courses.
  • School Direct
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
  • Postgraduate research
  • Postgraduate study
  • NGB Coach Education
  • Club/Professional Sports Coach
  • Further Degree qualification
  • Private Fitness/Coaching companies
  • County sports partnerships

Postgraduate level study

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • 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
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)                  

*Subject to approval


Work placements

School placements opportunities are available 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.”

“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 and 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.

To contact the Placement Co-ordinator please email Clare Deacon or call 01243 793542.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Aesthetic and creative movement – Gymnastics and Dance
  • Games 1 – Primary Games and Invasion Games (Football, Basketball, Rugby)
  • Foundations of PE – Preparing for school placement
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis – Analysing sports performance
  • Motor Learning and Development – Learning to teach Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Introduction to Sociology of Sport – Sport in Society
  • Human Physiology, Exercise and Health – The role of exercise in the health of the developing child
  • Research methods 1 – Learning research and enquiry skills

PLACEMENT: You will complete a two week placement in a school.

Year Two

Core modules:

  • Outdoor Learning -  Woodland and Beach education
  • Professional Issues in Primary PE – Exploring teaching strategies
  • Games 3 – Striking and Fielding (Cricket, Softball, Rounders, Volleyball, Racket sports)
  • Inclusive Physical Education – Inclusion festival
  • Working with People – Psychology of Physical Education
  • Performance Analysis – Athletics and Swimming
  • Research methods 2 – Student-led research projects in PE

Route-way option: You will choose ONE of these:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology – Psychological dynamics of Sport and PE
  • Performance Analysis in Sports Coaching – Analysing tactical performance
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and PE – Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Exercise, Sport and Human Physiology – Measuring physiological responses to exercise

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

Year Three

Core modules:

  • Theoretical and Practical Sports Pedagogy – Including personalised placement
  • Games: A Tactical or Traditional Approach – Identifying the most effective way to teach games
  • Professional Issues in Primary PE  - The role of the primary subject leader
  • PE 4 – Professional issues for teachers and coaches
  • Research methods – Dissertation

Route-way option two:  You will choose ONE further extension of the Year Two route-way in your chosen field:

  • Leadership and management – Leading teams and individuals in sport  
  • Human Physiology, Training and Performance – Individuals responses to training
  • Applied Biomechanics – Analysing technical performance
  • Comparative and International Issues in Sociology – Impact of mega sporting events

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

  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities within Education: Including five day residential trip to Outdoor Education Centre
  • Aesthetic and creative movement- Teaching further Gymnastics


International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

We want you to be creative and innovative teachers so we will teach you in creative and innovative ways.

You will be taught through a variety of highly practical approaches. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including your ability to plan, trach and evaluate, group presentations, research projects, lab work, analysis of practical sports performance.

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 formal interview

Watch the video below about what to expect at our PE interviews.