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BA (Hons) Physical Education (Primary Years)

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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

"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

  • 15th for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2021)

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 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?

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


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.

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

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. 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. 

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.

Learning And Teaching in a Primary School 

An introduction to research that explores the relationship between good teaching and good progress for all pupils including promoting learning-focussed behaviours, adaptive teaching, and a range of other teaching and learning strategies.

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.

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 ypu immersing yourselves in the culture and practices of this working environment.

Option Group A: Any Other Option (IoS) 

You can choose any other optional module within the Institute of Sport.

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. 

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.

Approaches to Teaching Primary Games  

Critically evaluate a variety of teaching approaches used in schools when delivering games. You will participate in a range of practical sessions that will explore different teaching approaches, and  have the opportunity to plan and lead practical sessions with a focus on a particular teaching approach. 

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.

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 A: 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.

Professional Skills: The Role of the Subject Leader 

The module aims to introduce students to the changing role of the subject leader in primary Physical Education and, in so doing, identify the key skills and attributes associated with good subject leadership.

Option Group A: Any Other Option (IoS)

You can choose any other optional module within the Institute of Sport.

Option Group A: Practical Applications For 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.

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

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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.

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.


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